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Woolworths admits trouble: Pay Ubuntu Baba back, says Twitter

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In the face of public embarrassment, Woolworths has withdraw from sale a lookalike product a Cape Town entrepreneur says it stole from her, then started to manufacture in China.

Woolworths says it apologised sincerely to Shannon McLaughlin and is deeply committed to the development of small businesses in South Africa.

McLaughlin detailed the apparent intellectual property theft online this week, leading to a hastily-arranged meeting on Wednesday with senior Woolworths executives.

Woolworths says it has withdrawn it baby carriers from sale and has apologised unreservedly for what it describes as a “failure of internal processes.”

McLaughlin was alerted to the lookalike product in mid-December, but initially received no response from Woolworths when she reached out to the company.

Some of the Ubuntu Baba team. Shannon McLaughlin s

Some of the Ubuntu Baba team. Shannon McLaughlin says her business supports the local economy as her baby carriers are manufactured locally. (Photo: Ubuntu Baba)

“While there are differences in our baby carrier, there are striking similarities which we acknowledge and take responsibility for. This is not in line with our values and goes against the very clear policy and creative guidelines we have in place for our design process,” the retailer said in a statement.

Two women working for the Woolworths division that develops new ideas for the group apparently ordered McLaughlin’s baby carriers and had them delivered to the group head office. They appear to have operated as if it was perfectly normal to acquire promising ideas from South African manufacturers, make a few modest changes, and then create their own line to be manufactured offshore.

This is not an isolated incident involving the retailer. It also emerged this week that Woolworths engaged international experts six years ago in the aftermath of the furore around its appropriation of the style and ethos of the Frankies retro drinks brand to prevent this sort of incident happening again.

Yet later Woolworths was accused of stealing a private designer’s hummingbird design for a scatter cushion.

The baby carrier incident makes for a third allegation that the company steals intellectual property.

“This lapse in process is being addressed internally. We are intensifying and strengthening the training of our people, our suppliers and our partners on our values-based approach to the design and sourcing process,” Woolworths said.

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NOT AGAIN!!! Twitter MOCKS Itu Khune for his ‘trash’ fashion sense!

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Itumeleng Khune mocked by Twitter for his jeans. On Monday, the Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana star took to Twitter to share a motivational message with his followers. But it appears fashion sense has managed to dribble past Mzansi’s number one keeper and put one in the back of the net.

Itumeleng Khune is well known for his brilliance between the posts. Strikers become terrified when they have to face him as not many are able to score against him. His tweet received an overwhelming reaction. But the focus was not on the message itself.

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Khune tweeted a message with a picture of himself: “I still don’t understand how people are afraid to see each other WIN!? There is so much room in the industry for your uniqueness! Don’t let people try to dim your light because it shines too bright for their eyes to see!!

#Fact ?? #MondayMotivation.” Tweeps focused on his pair of jeans instead, saying it was not stylish. His fans said it was a “No no”.

Itumeleng Khune

And this is how Twitter reacted to Khune’s sense of fashion:

 

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UNDER FIRE!!! DJ Zinhle dragged for taking AKA back!

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A picture truly does tell a thousand words, doesn’t it? One glance at the recent photograph of musicians and seemingly couple, DJ Zinhle and AKA, it is quite obvious that love lives there. These two were photographed during a special and sacred moment as they smooched away, with no care in the world.

Twitter was set abuzz regarding a particular image of house DJ Zinhle and entrepreneur and Rapper and businessman, AKA. The exchange happened at the rapper’s long awaited concert at The Square in Pretoria. #AKAOrchestraOnTheSquare was trending at number one earlier today hence AKA took a rather unconventional presentation of his music in general, with a 30 piece orchestra and the usual live band.

During some backstage interactions, AKA and Zinhle got down to their own sweet and short moment as they were photographed sharing what seemed like a smooch. This is not the first time they have shared a kiss, their lips crossed paths recently at an event in Kwa Zulu Natal.

However DJ Zinhle who is all about women empowerment left many of her followers a tad disappointed as she had been regarded as a ”Queen” and patching things up with a AKA might not be the wisest of moves. Below are just some of the interesting comments on Twitter.

In a recent article on TimesLive, Dj Zinhle reportedly gushed about her man spoiling her with shoes that cost a whopping R25,000. She admits she is in a relationship and although she doesn’t say who she is dating, the pictures speak for themselves. Speaking of those expensive shoes, The mother of one said the following:

”I went to Louis Vuitton so many times looking for these shoes. So many times. And I couldn’t find them in my size. But my boyfriend found them. Amazing. Thank you baby.”

The many times that AKA and Zinhle have spent together include, enjoying some down time on Zinhle’s turntables and also who could ever forget those cryptic photos that these two posted on their respective Instagram accounts when they were on holiday together.

The pure love between AKA and DJ Zinhle is palpable in these recent pictures that they keep posting across social media platforms. That kiss revealed a lot about the state of their relationship.

There is more to this relationship than meets the eye. We can’t wait for more enthralling revelations.

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FRENEMIES BACK TOGETHER?! Latest on Bonang and Somizi

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Bonang Matheba and Somizi Mhlongo took a picture together.

And no, it wasn’t spliced together, like Juliana Marguiles and Archie Panjabi’s final scenes in The Good Wife. They were actually photographed together. Arms around each other. Big smiles on their faces.

It seems that the ice has thawed out.

The former BFFs were spotted interacting at the launch of Bonang Matheba’s MCC launch, the House of BNG, which was held at the Riboville Boutique Hotel, in Waterfall City.

The Bar Leader TV, which produces both Somizi and Bonang’s reality shows, shared the picture of the two stars laughing at the launch, on Instagram.

It’s no surprise that attendees may have been shocked to see the two stars together. Some friendship drama back in 2016, pulled Mzansi’s favourite BFFs apart.

For many, including those commenting on social media, it was good seeing two of them reveling in Bonang’s success as she unveiled her Brut and Brut Rosé Méthode Classiques.

Despite everything being peaches and cream, we are not entirely sure if this was just an act of maturity based on work commitments, or if it was an actual sign of reconciliation.

The thawing out of the feud may have begun at the recording at the SABC 1’s Tropika Smooth fan competition in Cape Town last year, where they were spotted hugging on set.

It seems all is well in their world again and for fans of both stars, that means they can start celebrating their friendship again.

We hope they both show this moment on their reality shows. The ratings are sure to skyrocket.

Time will tell, for now, we are just happy to see them being able to celebrate each other.

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