Jobless South African man builds helicopter from recycled material

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What started as a dream soon turned into a reality for Vusimuzi Mbatha. The 35-year-old man from Siza informal settlement near Rustenburg, who’s dream was to fly a helicopter before he dies, decided to take fate into his hands by building his own helicopter.

Vusimuzi Mbatha, who originally hails from Libode in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, revealed he became fascinated with the idea last year only after seeing a helicopter during a strike on the platinum belt in the North West. “I dreamt I was controlling a helicopter. That was in January last year, during the strike in the platinum mines. The dream continued and I decided to follow it. It was easy to build this helicopter because I have a vision of what I wanted to do.”


Vusimuzi Mbatha’s Helicopter

From that point, he started to buy parts and used scrap metals to build his helicopter, which stands a proud giant in front of his cabin. His creation regularly attracts locals to take a look at the metal giant with a roaring engine, which he built bit by bit. It stands on a four wheeled trolley and is built out of scrap metal has its cockpit built out of soft drink crates, within is a television set, a two way radio and a clock which Mbatha says will help him record estimated time of flight. The engine is powered by petrol and a motorbike battery which is used to power and propel the rotor, with the rotor hub housed in an old soft drink crate and the steering wheel made from a Play Station control. There is also a clutch and an accelerator.

Mbatha admits he has always loved and maintained a keen interest in science but could not further his education due to financial constrains, which ultimately forced him to drop out of school after the 7th grade.

But members of his community have expressed their surprise at his creation, one of whom is Mr Kgositsile. “We are surprised,” he said. “We never expected something like this to come from our area. This guy is talented. Government needs to help him to take his dream further, we thought he was playing when he started to assemble it. We did not see it until we heard the roar of an engine and rotating rotor,”

However Mbatha, who came to Rustenburg ten years ago looking for a job in the mines, remains unemployed.

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What does the 4th of July mean to African Americans in the US?

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The declaration of independence was signed on July 4th 1776, marking America’s independence from Britain. However, the Black man in America did not get his freedom until 1865 when slavery was abolished.

For most Americans, the fourth of July is a day to take some time off work, enjoy some family time and the great spectacle of the annual fireworks. More importantly it is a time for many to reflect on the long road towards developing a freer state and a tolerant community. But what does it mean for the members of the Black Society?

On July 5 1852, Frederick Douglas gave a speech in Rochester, New York, entitled: What to the slave is the fourth of July? He reminded listeners that when the declaration of independence was signed, many Africans were still slaves. “This fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. What to the American slave is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which is a constant victim…”

2015 will mark one of the most disheartening years for African Americans in the US. The country has played host to hundreds of killings of unarmed black people by the police, mass killings of innocent black people in places of worship, and burning down of churches built by African Americans in different parts of the United States. At least 136 individuals have been killed by US police within the first half of 2015, a vast majority of them being African Americans and Latinos.

In response to the treatment of black people in the United States, Senegalese recording artiste, Akon said: “America was never made for blacks”. Several celebrities of African heritage have made similar statements to this in recent times, both on social media and in TV interviews. One of which is Chris Rock. In June 2013, the comedian posted on twitter: “Happy white peoples Independence Day, the slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed the fireworks.”

However, some black Americans find reason to joyfully celebrate the holiday. Stacy Swimp, In a Washington’s Time’s op-ed noted that at least 5000 black men fought for the Continental Army against the British, they believed that freedom from the British would result in freedom for slavery.

Swimp also mentioned that although slaves weren’t free at the time of the declaration, it is as a result of the document that every American under the U.S. Constitution is equally guaranteed individual freedom. “What, to Black Americans is the 4th of July?” He writes, “Everything”.

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How the NBA Africa Game is already attracting elite sponsors

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Earlier this year, the NBA announced its first ever ‘Africa’ game which will see an NBA selection of Team Africa take on Team World. Noting the popularity of basketball, particularly the NBA on the continent, the NBA is seeking to connect more with the African audience and also contribute to developing sporting talent in Africa with several training programs.

The decision to stage an NBA Africa game has been commercially validated as a number of elite corporate partners have been announced. They include Econet Global Limited, Ford, Nike and South African Airways. In regard to sponsorship category designation, Econet will serve as the Official Mobile and Telecommunications Partner of NBA Africa Game 2015 while Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa will serve as the Official Automotive Partner of NBA Africa Game 2015. NIKE Inc. is the Official Marketing Partner of NBA Africa Game 2015 and South African Airways is the Official Airline Partner of NBA Africa Game 2015.

As part of their commitments both Nike and South African Airways will also serve as partners of Basketball without Borders Africa 2015 while Econet will be introducing a NBA Africa Game marketing campaign across the continent.

The NBA Africa game is the next step for the NBA’s involvement in Africa as the continent has enjoyed several benefits from the NBA over the years. NBA’s Basketball without Borders Africa programme which seeks to spot talented young stars has been on the continent a total of 12 times and the NBA also runs its ‘NBA Cares’ programme. Signaling intent to further its work in Africa, the NBA opened its African headquarters in Johannesburg five years ago.

The NBA Africa game is scheduled for the 1st August at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg and SuperSport who will air the game live as on board as the Official NBA Broadcast and Radio Partner for the event. There is also a credible charitable slant to the occasion as the game will be played in support of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa as well as SOS Children’s Villages Association of South Africa and also, the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

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6 Actions That Can Lead To Male Infertility

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Male infertility refers to the inability to impregnate a woman and it’s a very serious issue that needs to be tackled. Here are the likely reasons behind why men can be infertile.

Excessive Drinking And Smoking

Excessive alcohol affects the body’s ability to absorb zinc which is a nutrient vital for healthy sperm. Stay away from excessive drinking of alcohol and quit smoking. Smoking damages sperm, making them less likely to fertilize eggs and making the embryos less likely to survive. It increases the concentration of free radicals in the seminal fluid so if you are seeking fertility, try to stop smoking or suspend it for three months because the sperm needs at least much time to be produced from germ cell to full sperm.

 Stress Unattended To

Being stressed maybe due to overworking and not having enough time to rest and taking medications are inadvertently killing your manhood. Researchers found out that men with anxiety issues tend to have abnormally shaped sperm and sperm with mobility issues. An immobile sperm is useless because they have to swim far to marry an egg for conception. Treat any kind of sickness with urgency and prescribed drugs.

READ: How To Make Your SPERM More Powerful [Guys Only]


Obese and over-weight men are likely to experience infertility. The heavier a man is, the higher the chances of low sperm count. In fact the central cause of infertility is over-weight. Try to maintain good overall height in order to reduce the risk of infertility. Obesity can affect male fertility directly and indirectly. Men who are significantly overweight can suffer alterations in sleep behaviors, sexual behaviors, hormonal profiles, scrotal temperatures and the quality of semen. Scientists believe that in morbidly obese men, gastric bypass surgery and the successful management of hormones can be a helpful intervention in reversing infertility which is directly caused by obesity. Obese males may also suffer from higher than normal levels of estrogen which can change the makeup of the sperm and lead to low testosterone levels.


Not eating nutritious food can cause infertility. Malnutrition  lead to deficiencies in certain vitamins, such as vitamin C, folic acid, selenium, and zinc can contribute to male infertility. In addition, when malnutrition leads to being severely underweight. Men may have issues with low sperm counts or diminished sperm quality and motility (the ability to effectively move through the women’s reproductive system and implant into an egg.) Excessive exercise in men, leading to being underweight, may also increase the temperature of a man’s testicles and damage sperm.

READ: For The Men: 5 Healthy Foods That’s Messing Up Your Sperm

Keeping Phones In Front Pocket

Keeping mobile phones in the pocket could affect sperm quality. Exposure to cell phone radiation lowers sperm motility by 8% and viability by 9%. This finding is still a controversial one but it would be safer to keep away mobile phones from the pocket as much as possible. Keep your phone out of your trouser pocket, do not text holding your phone at your waist level and never put it close to your penis while sleeping.


Most Infections in the male reproductive organs are caused by sexually transmitted diseases such as staphylococcus and gonorrhea. Men may have infections of the reproductive tract, these may include infections of the prostate (prostatitis), of the epididymis (epididymitis), or of the testis (orchitis). Unless noticeable symptoms occur, these infections can go untreated. Severe infections can cause scarring, blockages  or other damage to the male reproductive organs. Medications  such as antibiotics can be effective in treating infections of the male reproductive disorders. However, it is important to treat them early to avoid permanent damage. Surgery may be required in cases where infection has resulted in scarring or blockages that affect sperm production and ejaculation.

Male infertility can also occur when there are problems with ejaculation such as retrograde ejaculation which occurs when the semen is forced back into the bladder, premature ejaculation and erection dysfunction complication from radiation therapy or surgery.


READ: No more late nights abeg: New study shows lack of sleep reduces sperm count








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Reasons Why No One Wants To Have Sex with You

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Ever wondered why it’s hard to get laid? Here’s why no one wants to have sex with you.

Having sex may seem like what everybody is doing but trust me, there are people out there not getting any action at all. This may not be entirely because the person is not attractive enough (although being attractive is one of the sure ways to get laid. When you pay attention to yourself, take good care of your body and always make an effort took your best no matter where you’re going, people will always notice you and be interested in you) to get someone to hook up with; it may because of the following reasons listed below:

1.      You’re Not Approachable:

Being approachable is not the same as being attractive. You may be the finest person in the room and still be the loneliest. If you’re not getting enough sex as you should, ask yourself if you really “put yourself out there enough” to be approached by a prospective partner. It is not about wearing revealing clothes or being overly flirtatious either. It is about the way you present yourself, interact with people around you. If you’re rude, aloof and carry yourself like you’re too good for anybody, you’re definitely going to have a lot of people running from you rather than coming to you.

READ Men Only: 5 Reasons Your Sex Game Is Weak [18+]

2.      Your Expectations:

Sometimes, we are so conscious of our values that we do not get to actually know a person before we write them off. Because you often dream about tall, dark and handsome guys doesn’t mean a short, fair and cute guy won’t work for you. And of course, when you’re so rigid about such values, it is very hard to convince you to change them and then you will start having people run from you because you’re centered on meeting a person with specifics rather than making do with what you have. I’m not saying it is a terrible thing to want specific things from someone but sometimes, those rigid values may end up pushing to the wrong person or to “lonedom”.

READ: You Want More Sex, More Women? Become A Single Dad

3.      Wrong Signals:

When you send out the wrong signals, it is hard for people to know what you really want or who you really are. Don’t dress like you’re gay when you’re not. I mean, when you are dressed like the opposite sex, complete with boyish haircut and accessories, people wont definitely see you as someone they can bang. They will see you as a buddy they can discuss soccer with over pizza and beer.

You Have Bad Hygiene:

You can’t expect to have a stinking breath and terrible body odour and think you can get laid. Clean yourself up nicely, have a good bath, use a strong deodorant and add a dash of mild cologne and you’re good to go. Never approach someone when you stink.

4.      You’re All Shades Of Screwed Up:

Having sex to most people means you have to be committed to that person and once you’re sensed as the type of person with too many issues, people will flee from you. If you project yourself as a depressed, broken, angry young person, no one will want to come close to you. Until you get your act together, you will have no one coming to your side much less having sex with you.

Sometimes, people don’t stay away from you because of the way you look. Most times, it is about the way you act, how you present yourself and treat others around you. In order to get laid or get someone to be fully interested in you, you have to work on yourself so you can be at least 80% acceptable; that’s what makes you attractive the most to everybody that comes your way.

READ: 10 Great Tips On How To Satisfy Your Woman Sexually [18+]


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CBN Vows Not To Devalue Naira

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The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has revealed that it will no longer devalue the Naira.

According to the apex bank, the idea not to devalue the Naira was borne out of the need to safeguard the Nigerian economy from the shocks and negative impact the depreciation will have on the economy.

In a statement signed by its Director, Corporate Communications, Mr. Ibrahim Mu’azu, the apex bank stated that it will not panic and take desperate measures to satisfy few misguided interests in the market.

Mu’azu, who was reacting to an article in the Economist Magazine, said the article seemed to ignore the fact that the exchange rate is simply a price that is essentially determined by the forces of supply and demand, adding that the CBN believes that the 48 per cent decline in oil prices may not be transitory and made bold policy changes including closure of the subsidized Official Foreign Exchange (Forex) Window, which resulted in a 22 per cent depreciation in the currency, the Naira.

“Because the Nigerian economy is heavily dependent on imports and the exchange rate pass-through to inflation is high, we believe that this adjustment is optimal at this time.

“Contrary to the article’s argument, adjustments to a sharp decline in supply of US Dollars cannot all be borne by an indeterminate depreciation, without considering the full impact on the Nigerian economy.

“The demand side also has to be considered, not just in response to the pressure on the Naira but as an opportunity to change the economy’s structure, resuscitate local manufacturing, and expand job creation for our citizens.

“Take rice imports, for example: why should we keep allocating scarce forex to rice importers when vast amounts of paddy rice of comparable quality produced by poor hardworking local farmers across the rice belts of Nigeria are wasted, and farmers are falling deeper into poverty while we export their jobs and income to rice producing countries?” The statement read,

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12 Things To Remember That Can Help Someone With Depression (2)

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In the first part of this article we talked about what depression is and some very important titbits that can help you assist and help depressed people out of the state they are in. These tips include realising that depression is not a choice and knowing that you are allowed to get frustrated if your attempt at helping is not yielding fruits. Other essential tips are discussed as follows.

They can become easily overwhelmed with emotions and their troubles

Being almost permanently tired and exhausted is a side effect of being depressed. Day to day activities become very exhausting and overwhelming for such people and they may appear to be very much okay one minute and look completely tired the next. Their emotional state may make them bail on pre-scheduled events or cancelling on plans. Just have it at the back of your mind that it’s not about what you did to them but the side effects of being depressed.

It’s not about you

It is usual to have problems understanding the things your depressed friend is going through and knowing how how their sadness affects your relationship with them. If they become distant or appear to need time alone, don’t blame yourself or try to understand how maybe if you’d acted differently they would have healed better. Instead, understand that it is no fault of yours they are depressed.

READ: How to Know Your Girlfriend is Not Happy

Avoid giving ultimatums or making demands

Giving a person an ultimatum or using the “tough-love” approach such as threatening to break up with them or not talk to them if they don’t get out of the state they are in would do little to make them better than they are.The fact that you’re tired of dealing with their issues won’t make them miraculously become the person you want them to be.The “tough-love” approach is not only unrealistic but also manipulative.

They don’t always want to do this alone

Often times, we assume that people dealing with everyday issues would rather do so alone but that is not always the case. In truth, there ate times depressed people want their space but that is not to say they would want to face their fears completely alone. You can help by offering to take them out for a meal, to the movies, for a walk or just a drive around. One on one encounters with them will help bring them out of their routine, especially when you take them to a memorable place that would aid them in talking about their fears freely. Reach out to them when they least expect and remind them from time to time that you’re there for them and they don’t have to go through their problems alone.

Try the much you can, not to compare your experiences with theirs

It is common to want to share similar experiences with someone you know who is going through a rough patch as a way of telling them you can relate to and empathise with them. Saying things like ” yeah, there was a time I was depressed too…” will only make them feel like you’re trying to belittle their pain. Express empathy but don’t suppress their feelings. The greatest thing to share with someone in this situation is to listen to them. That’s what they need the most.

READ: Court Rules That Mother Who Killed Her Three Kids Was Depressed

It’s alright to ask your friend where they are in their feelings

Asking questions like how they are really feeling and coping with their depression is the way to go. It is quite common for depressed people to have suicidal tendencies and it is good to try to ask them directly the ways they are taking care of themselves and to try and come up with a safety plan for their depression whenever it may overwhelm them.

Schedule time to spend together

Try and map out time to spend with them. This could be once or twice a week when you hang around with them either by going to the movies, shopping or just playing around. Perhaps the hardest part of being depressed is the exhaustion that doesn’t permit the person to cook or do any serious activity. You can help them out by cooking them a meal they can store to eat later.
Lastly, everyone should know that depression is not something to be ashamed of and experiencing it doesn’t mean the person is weak but surviving it is what’s most important.


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List Of Appointments Made By Pres. Buhari So Far

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With over 35 days gone since the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari as the President of Nigeria, they have been nine political appointments thus far.

Although the President hasn’t yet officially announce his ministerial list, he has however made some key appointments.

Of the nine appointments, eight are from the North, while one is from the South.

Here are the names of the 9 political appointees below:

– Director-General of the State Services, Lawal Daura, Katsina State
– Acting Chairman, the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari, Jigawa State
– Director, the Department of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Mordecai Danteni Baba Ladan (North)
– Accountant-General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris, Kano State

– Chief Security Officer, Abdulrahman Mani; (North)
– State Chief of Protocol, Mallam Lawal Abdullahi Kazaure; (North)
– Aide De Camp, Lt.-Col. Muhammed Lawal Abubakar, Kano State
– Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu; (North)
– Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, South-West

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#360TvSeries : Marisa Tomei To Play Lesbian Billionaire Lover In Empire Season 2

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Popular TV Actress Marisa Tomei is now expected to join Empire‘s Season 2 cast in a recurring role

The Oscar Winning actress will play the role of Mimi Whiteman, a demanding venture capitalist who becomes embroiled in Lyon family drama. A member of Forbes‘ billionairess club, Mimi is a lover of hip hop music, social trends, high-end fashion and — lesbian alert! — beautiful women.


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#360TvSeries : “A.D The Bible Continues” Cancelled By NBC

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A.D The Bible Continues won’t continue after all …
As NBC has once again cancelled another show

It should be recalled that just this week NBC also cancelled The American Odyssey and now The Peacock Network has pulled out of second season of A.D. The Bible Continues.

A.D The Bible Continues is a follow-up to the History miniseries The Bible and premiered on Easter Sunday with nearly 10 million total viewers and a 2.3 demo rating.

I recently said i hated NBC, well I still do. (NBC=Nothing But Cancellations, All pun intended)

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Yemi Alade Is A Badass Chick For The #RoadToMAMAs

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Yemi Alade is not going to the #RoadToMAMAs conference to smile with anybody.


The singer, who will be performing at the main event on July 16, attended the press conference dressed like a total badass.

With her braids made into a bun on her head, the Johnny singer sports a studded black jacket with a pair of very distressed jeans.

And of course, reflective shades. Boom! Check her out below!


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