Your favourite things on Who’s Who SA in 2014

We’re proud to say that Who’s Who SA has had its most successful year yet! There are currently over 280 000 unique Who’s Who profiles, and this number grows at an alarming rate – more than 3 000 new people register with us each week! With more than 80 000 profile views per week, there is no doubt that we are the leading guide to everyone who’s anyone in Southern Africa.

Most Popular Feature:

Internship listings were viewed by South African students and graduates almost 200 000 times, while over 160 000 job seekers searched for positions on our Executive Jobs listing board, which only features vacancies with a minimum starting salary of R500 000.

Most Viewed Profiles of the year

The Oscar Trial and the antics of our South African politicians dominated headlines and this is reflected in our most popular profiles of 2014. State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel ‘s profile was viewed 60 000 times this year, with up to 7000 views on a single day! Advocate for the defence Barry Roux and Judge Thokozile Masipa where also among our top searches for the year.

The Most Viewed Politicians:

Users could not get enough of Julius Malema’s professional biography, followed closely by President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The Most Viewed Female Profiles:

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela attracted more interest than politicians Helen Zille and Lindiwe Sisulu. More than 5000 people used Who’s Who SA in May alone to find out more about our Public Protector. Model Reeva Steenkamp and Judge Thokozile Masipa featured among the most popular profiles due to the high profile Oscar Trial.

Favourite Notable this year was:

Thuli Sibeko’s interview inspired our users this year. As the champion for the empowerment of women in tech and Managing Director of Anglo African Events, it’s easy to see why Thuli Sibeko captured so much attention. Entreprenuer Mandisa Gaba, Chief Executive Officer of Closet Space, and COO of Agang SA, Andrew Gasnolar where almost as popular.

 The most viewed Who’s Who SA List of 2014:

South Africans have proven that they want to stay clued up about our country’s decision makers. The Ministers of the Government of South Africa 2014 was the year’s most viewed List, followed by Former Miss South Africa Winners and our listing of South African Freedom Fighters.

Most Read Blogs:

Compared to last year, our blog views have more than doubled. We have been receiving positive reviews from you, our readers, and promise to continue supplying you with information to improve your professional life. These are the three posts you liked most this year:

Is your salary what is should be?

13 Inspirational Quotes for When You’re Feeling Stuck

Meet the “Fresh Prince of Belhar” 

Most Popular Function:

The Search Function was used over half a million times, proving that Who’s Who is indeed a popular source of information about everyone who is anyone in the region.

We’d like to thank all our users and contributors for using our site as a resource to promote professionalism, positivity and inspiration! We look forward to sharing 2015 with you, as we strive to reach higher and grow professionally and personally into the New Year.

Most Popular Pages 2014

2014 in Review

The year 2014 will certainly be a memorable one, with more than a few stories making headlines across the country, and the world. As we bid farewell to this year, let’s take a look back at the stories that captured our attention…

Oscar Pistorius Trial

Oscar Pistorius’ trial took centre stage in and around the world as the Paralympian faced a murder charge for killing his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February 2013.  In what seemed to be an unending case of court postponements and Twitter rants, on 12 September this year Oscar was found guilty of culpable homicide and is currently serving his 5 year sentence.

Senzo Meyiwa

Senzo Meyiwa

Topping Google’s Top SA searches of 2014 is slain Bafana Bafana captain and goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa. Meyiwa was killed in an armed robbery at his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo’s, house in Vosloorus, Erkhuruleni, leaving many South Africans reeling. The sportsman’s death soon trended on Twitter, with thousands of fans and supporters from around the world sending their condolences. Investigations into his death continue.

Ebola Outbreak

Another story that was on everybody’s lips this year was the sudden unfolding of an illness that began wiping out West African citizens in large numbers. First reported in December last year, the 2014 Ebola epidemic has killed thousands, and was reported to be moving down the continent. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi identified 11 Ebola treatment hospitals in all but two provinces in the country. Although numerous cases of the virus were reported locally, to date none have been confirmed. Learn more about the epidemic here.

Shrien Dewani Trial

Following a three-year battle to avoid his extradition to South Africa, British businessman Shrien Dewani was finally sent into the country to stand trial for killing his wife, Anni Hindocha. Pleading not guilty to his murder charge, Dewani’s case was heard in the Western Cape High Court by presiding Judge Jeanette Traverso. Finding no reasonable evidence to convict the accused, Dewani was acquitted and has since returned to Britain.

Eskom rolls out power cuts

Eskom blackouts

November started off on a bleak note as many South Africans were left in the dark in what were the biggest power cuts the country has experienced in recent years.  Following the collapse of one of its coal storage silos at the Majuba power station in Mpumalanga, coupled with diesel shortages and maintenance issues, Eskom declared rolling emergency power cuts. In the latest updates, Eskom has announced a low power cut risk over the festive season after the recovery of four generators that had also stopped working.

Cell C banner

On November 6, social media was abuzz with news of a controversial banner placed at the WorldWear Mall on Beyers Naude Drive in Johannesburg. As the news made national headlines, it appeared that the banner was put up by disgruntled Cell C client George Prokas, who was wrongly listed as a bad debtor. Prokas sought to have the bad listing and an accompanying bill removed by Cell C. Upon discovering that the situation had not changed, Prokas took to his frustration to the streets, and had the banner erected. Cell C took legal action against Prokas and requested to have the banner removed – an application the service provider lost. The banner has since been changed.

Nigerian Synagogue collapse

The guesthouse at popular preacher and televangelist TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations (Scoan) came down on September 12, leaving scores trapped in the debris. Of the 349 South Africans who were in Lagos to attend TB Joshua’s service, 84 were confirmed dead. After many calls to repatriate the South African victims into the country, 74 bodies were received more than two months after the collapse. Efforts have been escalated to return the 11 bodies that remain in Nigeria.

Generations, The Legacy

After 2 decades on air, the country’s biggest and longest running soapie, Generations was forced to shut its doors in October. A group of 16 of the soapie’s famous faces held a week-long protest, demanding that their salary and contract demands be met. MMSV Productions fired the actors with immediate effect. Following a 2 month break, Generations, The Legacy debuted on our local screens, but was met with mixed reactions and a significant drop in viewership. The fired cast has gone to the high court in an attempt to end the new Generations series.

Pierre Korkie

In early December news broke of the death of Bloemfontein teacher, Pierre Korkie who had been held captive by Islamic rebels in Yemen since May 2013. In a failed attempt by US special forces to rescue American photographer Luke Somers, Korkie was shot and fatally wounded, just a day before he was due to be released. Korkie was laid to rest on Friday, December 12, during a private ceremony at his home in the Free State.

Gauteng earthquake

An earthquake originally thought to be a tremor was felt across most parts of South Africa in early August. Measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale, the quake left a trail of destruction in a township in Orkney in the North West province. More than R38m has been approved to rebuild houses affected by the earthquake in the North West.

And on a lighter note…

South Africa welcomes third Miss World

Miss World 2014

An estimated one billion viewers from around the globe watched as former Miss South Africa 2014, Rolene Strauss, was crowned Miss World 2014 on Sunday, 14 December. The 22 year-old medical student went up against 120 international contestants to clinch the coveted Miss World title. In a Facebook post, Rolene thanked her fans and promised to make South Africa proud.

Written by Portia Mthembu, Who’s Who Web Content Administrator

South African Hip Hop Awards 2014

While the South African hip hop music scene owes its origins to Kwaito, since spreading its wings in the early 1980’s, the popular music genre has firmly found its roots in the South African music culture. Creative lyricists and artists alike are producing rhymes, verses and poetry in ways that reveal South Africa’s rich diversity, pushing the hip hop scene to new heights.

As the country’s hip hop heads prepare to head to Gold Reef City’s Lyric Theatre for this year’s instalment of the SAHHA, Who’s Who SA caught up with Tsas-Man, Nema Wama – Hunguni and Lwansta, who’ve all been nominated in various categories to learn more about their musical journeys.

Inspired by music from an early age…

Lwantsa: At the tender of 6, my uncles introduced me to Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP album. I appreciated the ways in which he brought music to life through storytelling and that he was never afraid of saying exactly what he was thinking.

Through Eminem’s inspiration my current mixtape, NORMVL, explores introspection, depression, learning to adapt to being away from home, heartbreak and just stories about people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting – things I learnt from Eminem himself.

Lwansta, 2014 SAHHA  Mixtape of the Year nominee

Nema: Around the early 1990’s, Ndishavhelafhi Muyahavho (shaba) introduced me to hip hop. Of course at the time I did not understand what the music meant, but I loved how the beats were crafted. Listening to them I managed to pave my own way in the hip hop scene.

Understanding music as a craft…

Lwansta: I developed an interest in producing music from the time I was thirteen years old. I began to write and compose my own lyrics, focusing heavily on rhyme and flow. Jumpy bubblegum raps were my thing (laughs).

My first rap verse was an 8 bar verse which could easily have been confused for a nursery rhyme. Nonetheless, I would perform it everyday after school, while one of my close friends beat-boxed for me in front of my classmates. Round about that time I rapped under the alias LDN – my initials.

Career highlight…

Tsas-man:  I was proud of my team and when we hosted my birthday celebration which was made up of a line-up that featured only hip hop DJs and performances. The venue was at a club in Welkom that is predominately white-owned. It was amazing to see how hip hop crossed racial, religious and social barriers to unite everyone under one roof.

Nema: For me it has to be the founding of the first hip hop radio station in South Africa.

Lwansta: I’d say this nomination because not too long ago I was nominated in the same category at Durban’s Original Material Awards. I left the awards disappointed because I didn’t win, only for the SAHHA gods to lift my spirits and give me hope again.

Hopeful about the South African music industry…

Tsas-man: The South African music industry is getting wiser. Artists are steadily taking interest in the business side of the art thus empowering themselves more than just performing for the perks of being famous. If such should continue, our music industry will develop into a lucrative one which will ensure a bright future.

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Tsas-man, 2014 SAHHA King of Free State nominee

Lwansta: I think let’s start by applauding the fact that the evidence of an actual future is visible to everyone. My word we’ve grown! I think the one thing that held us back as an industry is that we were always given the backseat.  But now it’s safe to say that South African hip hop has become more recognised. Thanks to guys like AKA, our kind are given so much more respect. We’re becoming more of a force that cannot be ignored.

What hip hop fans can expect next…

Tsas-man: I’ll be continuing my work as a presenter and producer for radio, and promoting local hip hop talent.

Nema: I’m focused on building Bomo Media Group (BMG) beyond what it currently offers.

Nema Wama- Hunguni, 2014 SAHHA King of Limpopo nominee

Lwansta: I recently entered “Finding Fresh/ Lock The Flow” hosted by Miller Geniune Draft. The competition requires that you jump on a beat uploaded by the organisers and drop 16 bars. I made the top 10 out of more than 100 submissions, so I’m currently collecting votes. The prize is a chance to record the full song off that beat with Tibz (ShowLove), and perform it at their New Year’s Eve parties as well as a R10 000 cash prize.

I’m also focused on pushing NORMVL, my latest album, to its limits.