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Emmanuel Manyika dies|Veteran MC was 59



Emmanuel Manyika

Emmanuel Manyika, who was affectionately known as The Only ISO Certified MC, died yesterday morning at the age of 59 on his way to West End Hospital in Harare after a short illness.

He is survived by wife Christina and four children. Mourners are gathered at Number 1390 Munhondo Close in Houghton Park, Harare.
Family spokesperson Pastor Agri described his younger brother’s death as a “short notice”.

“Emmanuel Manyika was a master of ceremony at an event in Victoria Falls and he came back yesterday (Wednesday) and at midnight, he felt unwell.
He was having difficulties in breathing, so we took him to a 24-hour facility in Waterfalls, where they took blood tests and put him on a drip and they later claimed he was fine.

At around 4 am, they said he should go to West End for an X-ray and, unfortunately, he died along the way,” he said.

“For now, we are awaiting a post-mortem to determine the cause of the death since it is the procedure if someone dies outside the hospital and after the post-mortem, we will know the arrangements later.”

Agri said his brother was likely to be buried in Harare. Yesterday, social media was awash with condolence messages from fellow emcees and people across the divide, for his role in bringing reverence to the popular director of ceremonies.

A consultant and events planner at Tangerine Company, Zillah Chilowa, who claimed to have worked with Manyika for about 15 years, described him as a giant and amazing director of ceremonies.

“He always used to joke and say he was the only ISO Certified Master of Ceremony in the world and many young and upcoming masters of ceremonies learnt a lot from him. We want his memory to be kept alive,” she said.

“We actually wanted to hire him for an event this weekend and this is a huge loss for us in the industry.”

Television personality and popular emcee Maimba Mapuranga descried Emmanuel Manyika as his mentor, whom he said laid the foundation and paved the way for the current crop of emcees.

“I always wanted to be like him. Through Emmanuel Manyika, I learnt that in order to make it, each man has to be his own and acknowledge that there are generals above them,” he said.

“He (Manyika) was one of my generals. I called him the godfather of professional emceeing, the epitome of grandeur in emceeing. A paragon of all events.
The only ISO Certified MC in Zimbabwe! Unmatched, unequalled, the general of our time.

Arts promoter Benjamin Nyandoro said the industry had lost a talented master of ceremony, who had changed the directing of ceremonies with his skills.
“There are times you fear that the emcee may be out of sync with the event of the day.

That was never with Emmanuel. It confirms why he took pole position when it came to high-profile events.

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Tawanda Mambo (Saintfloew)goes to SA for rehab




Zimbabwean rapper Saintfloew is looking to kick his drug addiction once and for all and has reportedly flown out to South Africa where he is going to receive rehabilitation services.

In an interview with Star FM’s Ollah 7 last week, Saintfloew admitted that he was taking drugs, although he was in the process of trying to quit. He refused to admit whether he had been taking the dreaded crystal meth, known popularly as Guka or Dombo.

I cannot confirm the allegations and I cannot say anything about them, so I am not confirming anything and I am not talking about anything. But what I am saying is we came out from the wrong way, a lot happens here in Chitown (Chitungwiza) and I took multiple drugs.

I am still working on quitting taking some of the things. I am not confirming anything but all I can say is there are some drugs that I am trying to stop,” he said.

Saintfloew also revealed that his drug addiction had little to do with the music industry.

It is not like the pressures of music cause artists to take drugs, but before we became artists, we had nothing to do and we had all the time to take drugs. Now if it is regret or moving on, that is what I am working on,” he said

In an interview with H-Metro before the rapper’s departure to South Africa, Saintfloew’s mother, Ebenezer Mambo said that her son’s struggles with drugs were linked to a tough upbringing. She said the musician lost his father at the age of two.

We lost his father when they were still very young and there was no man in the house to whip my son into line. I tried my best to give him a life, but there are some times when a father is needed in the upbringing of children.

I have never doubted my son’s intelligence, but I was worried when he continued pursuing music. He ended up taking drugs and it pains me a lot,” she said.

Mambo praised Nash Paints Group executive chairman, Tinashe Mutarisi, who convinced Saintfloew to go for rehab in SA, for helping her son get back on track.

“I am humbled that good people still exist as is the case with Mr Tinashe Mutarisi. I think he was sent by God to save my son from abusing drugs.

“Like the biblical Moses, Mutarisi has just done the best for my family and I hope my son will come back from South Africa a changed man,” she said.

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Khanyi Mbau, Kudzai Mushonga are back together again



Kudzai Mushonga Khanyi Mbau

There are indications that the on-and-off romantic relationship between Khanyi Mbau and Kudzai Mushonga has heated up once more. The couple recently shared pictures of themselves getting cosy on their Instagram pages. One of the photos shows them snuggled up in each other’s arms on a yacht in Dubai, where Mushonga resides. In the caption, they wrote, “We might bend, but won’t break.”

Although Mbau has been in South Africa for work, she is a resident of Dubai and shares a home with Kudzai Mushonga, a Zimbabwean businessman. In another post, the couple is seen toasting with red roses in hand. Mushonga wrote, “Forever us my baby @mbaureloaded. I love you.”

In May, the couple’s relationship status was the subject of speculation after they deleted all posts of each other from their social media accounts. This came after Kudzai Mushonga was rumoured to be romantically involved with Vanja Vicentijevic.

The couple has been in the news before when Mushonga publicly expressed concern about Mbau’s whereabouts after she went missing in Dubai. It was later discovered that Mbau had returned to South Africa without informing Mushonga.

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SABC cancels 7de Laan after 23 years



7de Laan Soap

SABC 2 and Danie Odendaal Productions have announced that after 23 years on air, the popular soapie 7de Laan will come to an end at the conclusion of season 24. The last episode will air on December 26, 2023. The SABC did not provide a reason for the show’s cancellation but stated that it will not be recommissioned for another season after season 24 ends. 7de Laan has been a beloved show since its first broadcast on April 4, 2000.

The show has been a success, spawning roadshows and cookbooks, and creating household names out of numerous actors. Despite the cast and crew being saddened by the news, they expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to produce a show that has touched millions of South Africans. The SABC has been having financial difficulties and has been in negotiations with various production companies, including Danie Odendaal Productions, for several months.

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