Edwin Sodi is a controversial figure in South Africa, known for his questionable business dealings and a reputation for dating several beautiful women. Recently, he made headlines after hosting his 50th birthday celebration at his lavish R85 million mansion in Bryanston.
However, his association with a R250 million tender probe ordered by President Cyril Ramaphosa has brought him under scrutiny.
President Ramaphosa has instructed the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate the maladministration of the Rooiwal wastewater project, which received a R250 million tender from the City of Tshwane in 2018.
This project involved multiple companies, including Edwin Sodi’s Blackhead Consulting and NJR Projects. The poorly executed water project has been linked to a cholera outbreak in Hamanskraal that claimed more than 30 lives.
The SIU’s investigation will focus on allegations of serious maladministration within the municipality, improper or unlawful conduct by employees, and losses from the public purse, whether intentional or negligent.
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Apart from his business and legal troubles, Sodi is known for his opulent lifestyle. He celebrated his 50th birthday in style at his multi-million rand Bryanston mansion, which boasts five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, a 12-seater cinema, an entertainment arena, a cocktail bar, a wine cellar, a gym, indoor and outdoor pools, panoramic views, and garage space for 14 cars.
Sodi has also been linked to several high-profile romances with South African female celebrities, including Thuli Phongola, Mihlali Ndamase, Kefilwe Mabote, Lizelle Tabane, Kat Ncala, Karen Zulu, and others. He has been involved in relationship controversies, allegedly “snatching” women from their partners, including Minnie Dlamini, Onalerona Thekiso, DJ Sbu’s ex-wife Disebo Makatsa, Matsatsi Rampa, and Sebabatso Mothibi. Sodi reportedly has six children with different mothers, one of whom is a top radio DJ.
Mercedes-Benz Unveils AMG-Tweaked GLC Coupe Twins: Power and Style in One
For those seeking a blend of style and performance in their sport utility vehicle, Mercedes-Benz has introduced the AMG-tweaked GLC twins, namely the GLC43 and the GLC63 S E Performance in a sleek Coupe format. These vehicles offer the perfect fusion of power and aesthetics, making them a visual delight for SUV enthusiasts.
Shared Performance DNA
First, let’s delve into what powers these impressive Coupe variants. Beneath their stylish exteriors, you’ll discover the same robust running gear as their standard AMG GLC SUV counterparts, which made their debut in July. In the case of the GLC63 S E Performance, it boasts a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is already quite formidable, generating 469 horsepower.
But what truly sets it apart is a single electric motor contributing an additional 201 hp, resulting in a staggering combined output of 671 peak hp and an impressive 752 pound-feet of torque. It’s worth noting that this peak power is available for a brief but exhilarating 10-second burst.
A Hybrid Offering
The GLC43, while not as extreme as its sibling, still offers a hybrid power boost. It features the same turbocharged four-cylinder engine but tuned to produce 416 hp. This powerplant is augmented by a small electric motor that provides a temporary 13 hp boost when necessary.
Both models transmit their power to all four wheels through Mercedes-Benz’s AMG Speedshift nine-speed transmission, and they come equipped with rear-axle steering and the AMG Ride Control suspension as standard.
Unchanged Performance Metrics
Trimming off a portion of the SUV’s roof to create the sportier Coupe silhouette does not compromise the performance of either model. The GLC43, for instance, boasts a 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. Meanwhile, the GLC63 S E Performance accomplishes the same sprint in a brisk 3.4 seconds, and its speed limiter doesn’t engage until it reaches 171 mph. Both variants offer identical suspension options, performance brakes, and the familiar MBUX interior system.
Space vs. Style
One notable difference between the two Coupe models lies in their interior space. The GLC63 S E Performance provides 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in place, expanding to 47.1 cubic feet when those seats are folded down. In contrast, the GLC43 offers slightly more room, with 19.2 cubic feet with the seats up and 52.6 cubic feet when folded. While these figures represent a reduction compared to their SUV counterparts, they reflect the compromise made for the sake of style and sportiness.
Price and Availability
As for pricing and availability, Mercedes-Benz has not yet disclosed the cost of these new Coupe-SUVs or their release dates. However, it’s worth noting that the GLC43 is designated as a 2024 model, while the GLC63 S E Performance is slated for a 2025 release.
In conclusion, Mercedes-Benz’s introduction of the AMG-tweaked GLC Coupe twins brings a fresh dose of style and performance to the SUV market. With potent hybrid powertrains, luxurious interiors, and the iconic AMG pedigree, these Coupe variants promise to offer an exhilarating driving experience wrapped in a stylish, sleek package. Car enthusiasts and fans of the Mercedes-Benz brand will undoubtedly be eager to get behind the wheel of these impressive vehicles when they finally hit the market.