It has never been easier to become insta-famous, but for some celebrities, fame and fortune are perennial.
Take Diddy: Nearly two decades after appearing on the cover of the first-ever Celebrity 100 issue, Diddy tops FORBES’ annual ranking of the highest-earning entertainers in the world, banking $130 million pretax in our 12-month scoring period.
“I ain’t foolin’ around… I’m building assets,” Diddy claimed to FORBES back in 1999. Turns out, he was right: The majority of his 2017 total comes from selling one-third of his Sean John clothing line for an estimated $70 million.
Combined with a lucrative Diageo Ciroc vodka partnership and his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, Diddy edges Beyoncé, whose $105 million haul is the second-largest of her career, thanks to her Formation World Tour and Lemonade release. Read more
South Africa’s economy fell into recession for the first time since 2009 after it contracted for a second straight quarter in the first three months of the year.
According to new reports, while rains are helping the country recover from a 2015 drought that was the worst since records started more than a century earlier, political uncertainty has prevented the implementation of some government reforms aimed at boosting growth.
Potentially devastating load-shedding has been averted after the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and Zesa Holdings yesterday struck a payment deal to liquidate arrears to Eskom of South Africa within four months.
The South African power utility had given Zesa up to tomorrow to settle its arrears or risk being switched off over a $43 million debt.
Zesa officials are now expected to take the payment plan hammered out yesterday to Eskom for ratification on Friday.
This comes as Eskom over the weekend said it would not cut off the 300 megawatts it was giving Zimbabwe as Zesa had been “proactive” in its engagement. Read more
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has introduced a five percent reward to whistleblowers who report individuals and businesses involved in cash hoarding, selling or engaging in illicit dealings.
In a statement, RBZ Governor Dr John Mangudya said information provided to the bank would be kept in confidence between the whistleblower and the bank.
“To promote and enforce compliance with best practice and anti-money laundering rules and regulations, the bank is pleased to advise that it has established dedicated hotline numbers for the public to report individuals and firms or traders that may be involved in cash hoarding, selling or abusing or externalising of cash, or any related misdemeanour,” he said. Read more
It’s been two years since Africa’s richest man, Nigerian billionaire Alhaji Aliko Dangote, jetted into the country in a highly-publicised investment deal, but nothing has come to fruition.
The so-called “mega deal” has remained pie-in-the-sky that occasionally pops up in lapdog State media when propaganda mandarins are desperate for a feel-good story.
Since Dangote’s visit into Zimbabwe, nothing has been done to fulfil the deal, with the finer details of the transaction remaining sketchy. Read more
Snapchat’s CEO Evan Spiegel’s is under fire after he explains disinterest in expanding the business to “poor countries” like India. After he made that statement, the rating of the popular app dropped to a “single star” from an apparent “five star” on the App Store.
Seeveral users have also unistalled the app. US-based news website Variety on Saturday quoted Snapchat’s former employee Anthony Pompliano as saying that Spiegel in September 2015 told him that:
“The app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain”. Read more
South Africa: An MTN financial accountant has been bust for allegedly stealing R24 million from the company‚ the Gauteng Hawks said on Thursday.
“Investigations into her accounts came after a bank contacted MTN’s management about ‘suspicious activity’ in her account‚” said Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu.
“It is alleged that the suspect fraudulently transferred money from the MTN bank account into her personal bank account for the period between 16 July 2015 and 04 April 2017‚” Mulamu said. Read more
Air Zimbabwe is being forced to hire planes to serve its routes as foreign currency shortages are delaying the acquisition of spare parts for its grounded fleet.
This has resulted in long flight delays and cancellations in the past week. Officials at the airline have said the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe was delaying releasing foreign currency to purchase spare parts needed for maintenance work.
Air Zimbabwe chief executive officer Captain Ripton Muzenda said the delays were a result of maintenance work which is underway.
“We’ve been actually hiring aircraft from South Africa to try and maintain the schedules and we are also facing a challenge where we have not been getting aircraft that are available for hire. Read more
Zimbabwe: Simbisa Brands bread-making subsidiary, Baker’s Inn, has ramped capacity utilisation to 65 percent and is now selling almost three million loaves per week.
The company’s chief executive, Ngoni Mazango, said his organisation increased bread output by over 200 000 loaves a day in the last six months.
“It is quite interesting that between July and November last year, this business grew from the 250 000 loaves to 400 000 loaves per day and to date as I speak, we are selling up to 425 000 loaves and we are commanding a 44 percent market share and we are proud of what we have achieved as a business,” he told the businessdaily in an interview. Read more
Rwanda’s national carrier RwandAir yesterday became the latest airline to fly into the country after its 158-seater new generation Boeing 737-800 landed at Harare International Airport yesterday.
The airline will fly between Harare and Kigali via Lusaka four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
RwandAir general manager Gobena Mikael who came on the inaugural flight said they were looking at increasing the frequency next month in order to offer day and night flights especially to passengers wishing to connect to other destination. Read more