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In celebration of Africa Month 2018
Choco Deluxe and White Star celebrate female Djs

In a bid to celebrate and empower fellow female DJs, Queen Choco,in association with White Star Super Maize Meal, hosted the inaugural Choco Deluxe event this past weekend at Dorkay House in Johannesburg.

A strong believer in women empowerment and collaboration, Queen Choco, the alter ego of South African jazz wonder Wanda Baloyi, believes that in order to move things forward in the entertainment industry, women need to unite, inspire and create platforms to empower other upcoming artists.

The event line-up included well known female DJs Lerato Kganyago, DJ Lamiez and Queen Choco herself, as well as a selection of other talented up and coming female DJs. The star studded guestlist included passionate music lovers and celebrities such asUmhloboWenene FM’s KCI August and actors KhuluSkenjana and Mona Monyane. To further extend their contribution to and support of young women, a portion of the proceeds from the event and donations by guests will go towards providing sanitary pads for grade 12 learners at underprivileged high schools around Johannesburg.

"Choco Deluxe is about making sure we leave no one behind.In this male dominated industry, we need to work together to make our mark and support fellow up and coming female DJs. The aim of the event is to create opportunities for female DJs to showcase their skills and talents and engage with other women in the field," notes event creator and host, Queen Choco. "This is a space for us to engage and celebrate each other, which is so important for the future of the industry at large," she added.

The event, which fostered a spirit of community and collaboration, was sponsored by White Star, South Africa's favourite maize meal. "A proud supporter of arts and entertainment, we're delighted to be involved in an initiative about moving the arts industry forward. Choco Deluxe not only creates a space for women to celebrate each other but gives the artists an opportunity to give back to the community as well," said White Star Marketing Manager, Mokhele Makhothi.


Cape Town still has it all for business and leisure travellers

Cape Town continues to be a top South African business and leisure destination, and all visitors are welcome – the water crisis notwithstanding. That’s the ongoing resounding message from all Cape tourism bodies and Tsogo Sun (https://www.tsogosun.com/), which has nine hotels in the Mother City.

Visitors add tremendous value to Cape Town’s economy, with the tourism sector supporting upward of 300 000 direct and indirect jobs across the province and contributing almost R40-billion annually to the local economy, while accounting for only 2.4% of the city’s total daily water consumption.

Cape Town’s visitor attractions are as vibrant as ever and hotels deliver their normal excellent standards of service and facilities, only asking guests and visitors to ‘use water like a local’ – sparingly.

“It’s all still here – as beautiful and appealing as ever,” says John van Rooyen, Tsogo Sun’s Operations Director for the Cape Region. “The mountain hasn’t moved, the beaches and the harbour are spectacular, the Waterfront delivers endless retail and entertainment options, and the city’s restaurants – while adopting innovative water-saving measures – serve the same delicious food and beverages that they are renowned for. The city is wholly open for business.”

The upcoming cooler months in Cape Town also offer particular benefits such as whale watching; cosy feasting complete with fireplaces, spectacular views, and delicious red wine; bracing walks on the hills, mountain, and in the city; exhilarating adventure sports; easier access to the myriad museums, galleries, exhibitions, shows, the aquarium, wine farms, and other sight-seeing spots in and around the city than in the busier summer months; and possibly best of all, highly attractive special deals and offers.

Tsogo Sun’s Cape Town range of hotels offer options for all budgets, styles and locations, from the trendy new SunSquare and StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl hotels and hotels that can cater for conferences and events such as Southern Sun Cape Sun, to the Southern Sun Waterfront, the upmarket and elegant Southern Sun The Cullinan, and many in-between.

To add extra value to visitors’ Cape Town trips, Tsogo Sun’s Cape Town hotels are offering a tantalising Cape Town Explorer package for leisure travellers, which includes an iVenture 3-day City Pass for taking in the sights, sounds, tastes, and experiences of the city from 35 of Cape Town’s top attractions: wine tastings, harbour cruises, museums, and many more, ensuring plenty of options for everyone. For groups and conferences, the special offer is one delegate stays free out of every 10 delegates who conference and stay at a Tsogo Sun hotel.

Van Rooyen says the group is committed to sustainable tourism across the board and it has invested significant resources and effort into effective water-saving initiatives in Cape Town. “Our hotels have reduced water consumption by 40 percent by introducing measures like monitoring water consumption per bed night, removing bath plugs, adding water-saving shower heads and tap restrictors, removing table linen and introducing good-quality paper serviettes, and reducing linen changes. We have also introduced measures to augment our water supply, by installing boreholes at Southern Sun Newlands, SunSquare Cape Town Gardens, and Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard, and through Hospitality Property Fund - a subsidiary of Tsogo Sun Holdings - the installation of a private desalination plant at The Westin hotel, which uses seawater already being pumped from its basements to supplement water usage. This has enabled us, in consultation with the City of Cape Town, to take some of our largest properties off the water grid.”

Enver Duminy, Cape Town Tourism CEO, says Cape Town and its many surrounding attractions is a renowned travel destination for local and international travellers. “Visitors to the city over the past year have quickly adapted to the water restrictions, embraced them, and gone on to enjoy their stay in our beautiful city, whether on holiday or on business. It simply requires us all to work together to continue delivering memorable visitor experiences so that they keep returning to our city.”


Mother's Day celebration hosted by White Star and Move! Magazine

South Africa’s favourite maize meal brand, White Star Super Maize Meal, and Move! Magazine, paid homage to the everyday heroes in our lives, our mothers, at an event this past weekend in Johannesburg.

The main speakers for the day were Move! editor, Nonzwakati Cekete, legendary radio personality Dudu ‘Lady D’ Khoza and the reigning Miss Soweto, Busisiwe Mmotla, who spoke about the roles that their mothers and grandmothers played in their lives, as well as their own experiences of motherhood.

Also in attendance were previous Miss Soweto winners, actresses Manaka Ranaka and Thandy Matlaila, who were all accompanied by the mother figures in their lives, while Jazz artist and budding DJ, Wanda Baloyi, was on the decks entertaining the guests.

“Being at this event was so inspiring. White Star and Move! put together an amazing event and we’re grateful for the platform to celebrate our mothers – an opportunity to show our appreciation for their love and sacrifices,” said Miss Soweto, Busisiwe Mmotla.

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to attend this event with my aunt who took me under her wing when I first came to Johannesburg 10 years ago. She’s been a second mother to me and has supported me through everything. Spending the day with her and her idol Dudu Khoza means everything to me. I’ll cherish this memory, thanks to White Star and Move!” said Nolwazi Magula, one of the Move! readers who won tickets to attend this special event.

“Mother’s Day is important to the White Star brand because the majority of our consumer base are moms. We partnered with Move! magazine to create a platform to show our love and appreciation for them. 


South Africa’s infant mortality rate is at its lowest in almost two decades, having fallen by 32% between 2002 and 2017.

These findings are featured in the 2018 South Africa Survey published by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR).

Analyst Tawanda Makombo says the drop in the infant mortality rate – which measures the deaths of infants under 1 year per 1 000 live births in a year – coincides with a 96% improvement in the rate of antenatal first visits since 2006.

The rate of antenatal first visits measures the proportion of pregnant women who visit antenatal clinics for the first time before 20 weeks of their pregnancy over the number of women who had at least one antenatal visit before delivery.

The IRR notes that:

  • Between 2002 and 2017, the infant mortality rate decreased from 48.1 per 1 000 live births to 32.8 per 1 000 live births.
  • The rate of antenatal first visits increased by 96% between 2006 and 2016, from 31.3% to 61.2%.

Makombo says the statistics reveal telling gains in the health sector in South Africa, but argues that more can be done to further reduce the infant mortality rate.

“The national Department of Health must intensify public awareness efforts, and persuade more pregnant women to visit health practitioners for regular check-ups before and after giving birth, as this is essential for their babies’ health.”


Mamakashaka founder Nandi Dlepu, Celebrity Chef Nti Ramaboa, Style Therapist Kwena Baloyi and Cheri Yase Kasi founder Sunshine Shibambo hosted over 80 ladies to share experiences, tips and insights from the tales of their respective career journeys.


The ladies formed part of a greater panel of 12 hand-picked leaders from various industries in an ever-changing world.


“We want ladies to leave here motivated, inspired and confident in their truth and I believe that’s precisely what happened. The ladies shared their stories like never before, painting a picture of the entrepreneurial journey in the creative space- in essence showing first hand the Profitability of Passion,” commented Sta- Sof- Fro Brand Manager Lerato Selepe.


In an effort to give back to loyal consumers, Sta-Sof-Fro has undertaken to break stereotypes and create a dynamic dialogue that allows the versastyle woman to embrace their personal journey’s and truths, reminding all that it’s ok to #WearYou. With a complete hair care range that covers the vast majority of hair and beauty needs – from hair treatments and aftercare to skin care – the Wear You campaign is an extension of what the Sta-Sof-Fro ethos stands for.


The final salon seminar, titled “The Balancing Act” will focus on a reality all South African women face with their daily obligations. Dr Nandipha Sekeleni, fitness guru Mapule Ndhlovu and media personalities Palesa Masiteng and Lerato Sengadi will share their experiences and insights on their personal journeys as women juggling a lot on their plate.

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Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited’s (“Harmony’s”) close collaboration in meeting the education needs of communities, especially those who are disadvantaged, is evident in the donation of computers, including stands, and chairs to the Ithemba Labantu Development Centre in Fochville, bordering the provinces of Gauteng and North West, on 26 April 2018.


At the opening ceremony of the newly equipped centre, which mainly serves the local Kokosi community, its Managing Director, Luthando Mafunda, said: "I want to express our appreciation to Harmony. With this kind of support, we are able to access education resources, and empower youth with skills and knowledge. Your contribution to our community is imperative for our technological advancement."


Donald Nokane, General Manager of Harmony’s Kusasalethu mine, attended the event with Kusasalethu’s Human Resources Leader, Gert van Emmenis, and other colleagues, as well as representatives of Merafong City Local Municipality, Merafong Social Development and the Merafong Youth Co-ordinator.


“This is a great opportunity for us to bring about significant change and to have a positive impact within our communities who might not otherwise have access to computers that prepare them for 21st century education and employment opportunities," said Nokane.


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Dine &Vine!

Dine & Vine promotion enjoy a succulent steak or a mouth-watering burger along with a bottle of fine boutique wine at special prices at selected Tsogo Sun hotel restaurants in Gauteng.

The offer includes an Asian Burger – a char grilled double patty pork, beef or chicken burger on a pretzel roll, dipped in barbeque bang bang sauce and topped with Asian coleslaw, served with sirraccia mayo dip and fries, or a Grilled Sirloin – on the bone with bone marrow, salsa verde, grilled asparagus and pomme fontant. Both meals can be paired with a 500 ml bottle of Mimosa Sauvignon Blanc or a Mimosa Robertson Shiraz. The burger meal is R170 per person and the sirloin, R290 per person.

The special offer is available at Lucé restaurant at Southern Sun Hyde Park, Aarya at SunSquare Montecasino, Punchinello’s at Southern Sun Montecasino, and Riffs Bar & Grill at Garden Court Sandton City, and runs until 30 September 2018.

To book for the Dine & Vine promotion, contact the participating restaurants directly: Aarya on +27 11 557 7007, Lucé on +27 11 341 8137, Punchinello’s on +27 21 465 1311 or Riff’s Bar & Grill on +27 11 269 7000.




Exhibition: ‘the din of daily life’… a solo travelling exhibition by Arlene Amaler-Raviv

Dates: Ends 13 May 2018

Venue: The Melrose Gallery, 10 High Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg


The Melrose Gallery, is pleased to present a captivating solo exhibition, ‘the din of daily life’ by acclaimed artist Arlene Amaler-Raviv.


Arlene is excited to be returning to her home town after a break of 11 years since her last solo. The exhibition has been running at The Melrose Gallery from 13 April and will end on 13 May.


Arlene Amaler-Raviv's artistic trajectory spans four decades of dedication and prolific output as evident in numerous exhibitions locally and internationally. She is a dedicated teacher of the arts.


This artist voices the sounds of protest, lamentation, joy and quiet conversation. Her voice is singing, calling, longing, weeping and shouting in its engagement with the viewer.

Her paintings track the movement of displacements, transitions and relocations while trying to anchor herself in a world of flux and transition.


For Amaler-Raviv, everything is 'terribly important' and intensely felt. This fragility and passion becomes her strength. She appears in her paintings at many different times, in many different guises.


Amaler-Raviv stated that; “I try to give a voice to the voiceless — to translate the din of our daily lives, through the painted mark. The archetypal figure, who is any person in survival mode, strides with purpose through my canvasses, repeating like a mantra: keep going, keep walking, keep striving, keep hoping, keep overcoming, keep living. I have lived my life in this way; picking myself up, mending broken pieces and striding forward by painting, painting and painting. I have painted myself out of a corner so many times. The six panels of postcards, Africa meets Europe is a collection of images over 40 years, documenting my journey as a painter”.


The artist cherishes the following quote by Pearl Primus in her notebook; “My life has been like travelling up a river. Every now and then I would hear singing around the bend and so around the bend I would go and become occupied with living”.


Arlene Amaler-Raviv was born in Johannesburg and received a Bachelor of Arts degree (Fine Arts) from the University of the Witwatersrand under the supervision of Robert Hodgins. In the 1970s she was involved in art education, workshops, teaching and teacher training programmes.


Craig Mark; The Melrose Gallery Director says, “Johannesburg plays an integral role in Arlene’s work and we are pleased to be assisting in presenting this exciting exhibition to her large base of loyal collector’s and art enthusiasts in her home town”.


Since 1979 she has held many solo exhibitions at the Everard Read Gallery, Market Theatre Gallery and group shows locally and internationally. During the 1990s she lectured at the University of Pretoria, FUBA and at the Katlehong Art Centre (BACA). In 1996 she lived in the Netherlands where she assisted in the curatorship of the exhibition of Africa meets Africa at the Museum of Ethnology, Rotterdam.


Amaler-Raviv moved to Cape Town in 1997 and has been involved in numerous projects. These include a twenty-meter sight-specific installation for the District Six Sculpture Project entitled Dislocation Relocation; large oil paintings on glass entitled Departure that was exhibited at Mark Coetzee Fine Art and two collaborative exhibitions with photographer Dale Yudelman, namely One exhibited at the Association for Visual Arts and Where the Mountain meets the City exhibited at 232 Long Street.


Vodacom commissioned Amaler-Raviv to create an installation of seventeen oil paintings on aluminium in 2000. In 2002 Spier acquired a 2m x 2m portrait of Mandela for their collection. Many of her paintings and works hang in private collections around the world and publicly in major art collections in South Africa.

Liz Ogumbo is poised for a global breakthrough with the release of her second album, KenSoul, The Lotus Chapter.


The 12-track album was recorded at Darkstar studios in Johannesburg and is heralded by current single, “Whatchyu Know About Her?”, a powerful call to action for the redefinition of what it means to be a woman, particularly in the context of the global re-examination of womanhood.


Traversing multiple influences - from Reggae to Jazz, from Swahili to the Blues and Soul – the album is a reflection of Ogumbo’s genre-agnostic sound that was first heard on her acclaimed 2010 debut KenSoul.


“KenSoul is how I describe my sound because I realised, very early on my musical journey, that it is very hard to find a genre for it,” says Ogumbo. “But at the core of my music is my Kenyan Soul, my KenSoul.”


Now based in Johannesburg, where she also has her successful fashion studio, Ogumbo remains deeply connected to her Kenyan roots. This is reflected in songs like the playful, dance track “Oringo Bayoyo” as well as “Msenangu”, a beautiful song that reflects Ogumbo’s love of East African Taarab music. Another Kenyan-influenced album highlight is an irresistible remix of “Awete”, one of the most popular tracks on her debut record.


Alongside her songwriting ability, KenSoul, The Lotus Chapter is a stunning showcase for Ogumbo’s vocal versatility - sultry and soulful vocals mix in with Blues scatting, Jazz moments and more. Songs like “Georgie Pordgy”, ‘Love Is …”, “Goldfish”, “Mon Homme” (featuring a fabulous guest vocal by Xander Pratt), “Safari” and “Denimania” are confirmation of Ogumbo’s natural musical talent – and its considerable development since she first surfaced with her debut nearly eight years ago.


In creating KenSoul, The Lotus Chapter Ogumbo worked with multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter Kevin Leicher whose musical fingerprints are on many live performances and recordings of the past 20 years, including MXO’s “Peace of Mind”, Blk Jks “Lakeside”, and artists like UJU and Arno Carstens. Leicher’s rock and indie roots add a distinct flavour to Ogumbo’s sound, easily helping elevate it onto a global terrain


Independently released, KenSoul, The Lotus Chapter is yet another step along Ogumbo’s journey as a creative entrepreneur – one that has taken her from her Luo roots to the international arena, with stops in the USA and now South Africa along the way. Like with everything Ogumbo does, she is clear about the album’s purpose.  


Since the release of KenSoul, Ogumbo has performed on many different live platforms, including HIFA, Lake of Stars, Indian Ocean Music Festival, Afropicks Redbull Music Academy, Africa Leadership Network, Africa 2.0 awards, SANAA Festival, Design Indaba and the Turkel Fair. Now she has an even bigger global market in her sights. “I am really proud of the music on KenSoul, The Lotus Chapter,” this one-of-a-kind artist says. “The album is telling my stories in new and exciting ways and I can’t wait to share it with music fans everywhere, starting right here in South Africa.”

Amarula Cream


  • 250 ml Amarula
  • ½ litre vanilla ice cream
  • 250 ml filter coffee, cooled
  • 50 g chocolate, grated
  • 40 ml chocolate sauce
  • 50 ml cream, whipped
  • 4 maraschino cherries


  1. Into a blender, place the Amarula, the ice cream, coffee and half the grated chocolate.
  2. Blend for a few seconds. Swirl the chocolate sauce around the sides of the glasses.
  3. Pour the Amarula mixture into each glass.
  4. Top with a little whipped cream, the remaining grated chocolate and a maraschino cherry, or garnish as desired.

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Emirates now serves Amarula!

Cheers in all cabin classes, as Emirates revamps its spirits offering

 - Amarula debuts onboard Emirates as airline refreshes offering -

 Emirates has refreshed its spirits offering across all classes with a range of premium brands. Spirits on board are served complimentary across all classes and routes and include a range of whiskeys, cognacs, gins, vodka and flavoured liqueurs amongst others.


The new selection was made by an in-house team of experts who spent two years working directly with suppliers to curate the brand new spirits offering. Emirates has invested in long term partnerships with some of the world’s best brands resulting in the finest spirits as well as exclusive selections available on board.


Emirates’ new spirits menu is an extensive offering of over 30 new spirits and liqueurs served across all classes. The spirits complement Emirates’ world class offering of over 80 fine wines and champagnes served across its network daily.


“We aim to deliver the best culinary experience on board and that goes for our menus, our wines and also our new spirits range. We’ve invested time in building relationships with the best spirits makers in the world, understanding global trends and achieving the perfect serve on board to showcase these beverages in the best possible way,” explains Joost Heymeijer, Senior Vice President, Inflight catering, Emirates.


The new spirits menu on board includes a mix of niche, hand-crafted brands as well as popular and well-loved spirits such as Hennessy cognacs in all classes including the exclusive Hennessy Paradis in First Class and for a limited period on select routes the extremely rare Hennessy Paradis Impérial.


The new menu was launched with a special cognac tasting held at the Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge on a flight to Paris last month. The first-of-its kind masterclass at 40,000 feet was led by Mr Alfred Tesseron, owner and Chairman of Tesseron Cognac. Tesseron Lot 29 XO is a niche, hand-crafted cognac that scored 100 points by celebrated wine critic Robert Parker, and is by a brand that is centuries old and still family owned.


Other brands served in First Class include the Dalmore King Alexander III, the only single malt Scotch whisky in the world created using a unique six-cask finish; Belvedere luxury vodka; Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch whisky and premium Guatemalan rum, Ron Zacapa Centenario XO.


In Business Class and at the iconic Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge, customers can enjoy Glenfiddich Solera Reserve 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky, small batch premium bourbon Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, craft gin Sipsmith, and more.


Other spirits available in Economy Class include Dewar’s White Label Scotch whisky, Beefeater gin, Russian Standard Original vodka, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey and Bacardi Carta Blanca rum - the world’s most awarded rum.


Emirates is also serving regionally focused beverages such as Amarula, a fruit cream liqueur available in all classes. The liqueur is made from Marula fruit which grows wild and uncultivated in South Africa. It is then fermented and the Marula ‘wine’ is distilled and aged in French oak barrels for at least two years.


In conjunction with its new spirits offering, Emirates has also refreshed its cocktail menu by adding the Negroni, Old Fashioned and Aperol Spritz while retaining some of its most popular orders on board such as the classic Bloody Mary, Mojito and Kir Royal.


In Economy, Jack Daniel’s whiskey is the most requested drink from Emirates’ list of spirits. In Business, Sipsmith gin takes the top spot, while in First, the most popular spirit requested is the Chivas Royal Salute whisky which is aged for 21 years.

Fan Lerato Makakaba wins the Vodacom #BucsGetReady Pimp My House Experience

Bojanala (North West) resident, Lerato Makakaba, will always remember Sunday, 15 April as the day Vodacom made her football dreams come true. Lerato received something better than being live at the stadium. The game was brought right to her own doorstep and she got to watch the game together with football legend, Jerry Sikosana, Isibaya celebrities and 10 of her friends on an afternoon that will never be forgotten.


Vodacom customer Makakaba was the lucky winner of the Vodacom #BucsGetReady Pimp My House experience that turned a normal football match into a once-in-a-lifetime home viewing experience. To make sure she never missed a pass or a shot on goal, Vodacom installed a new 55-inch TV and a modern couch in Makakaba’s home to replace the old TV and steel bench that was in her living room.


There are few things better than watching the game with a crowd and so Makakaba invited 10 of her friends to her home as Vodacom put on a delicious braai as well as handing each of her guests an Orlando Pirates replica jersey.


And the cherry on the cake in making sure she had the full VIP experience, was achieved when Vodacom invited a few other “friends” to Makakaba’s home for this match. Orlando Pirates legend Jerry Sikosana, and popular Mzansi Magic Isibaya actors Mdu Gumede (Ntandane) and Zakhele Mabasa (Skhaleni) also joined in the festivities on the day.


All it took for Makakaba to win this exclusive experience was for her to dial *117*177# and spend R50 in airtime in a month.


The #BucsGetReady Pimp My House is one of several exclusive VIP football experiences that lucky Vodacom customers and Orlando Pirates fans can win.


Between 23 April and 7 May, Bucs fans can also win the Vodacom #BucsGetReady Legend Drive which will see them get picked up at their home and driven with an Orlando Pirates legend to the team’s last match of the season on 12 May against Free State Stars at Orlando Stadium and enjoying VIP treatment throughout the day.


It’s as simple as dialing Vodacom Soccer USSD on *117*177# and spending R50 or more in airtime in a month to enter. Vodacom customers can get closer to their team and heroes than ever before and stand the chance to make football memories of a lifetime.

Release by Karabo Sethusha



The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is an African public sector organization which has an African footprint as well as extensive experience in providing African solutions to African problems and challenges. The organization seeks to intensify its business outreach efforts by going beyond the borders of South Africa. It has pervasive capabilities within Project Management, Engineering, Procurement, Construction, ICT and Facilities as well as effective localization solutions.


The CDC, an ISO accredited organization and an operator of the Special Economic Zone, provides construction and building solutions to local & international investors, business process solutions to clients locally in the Eastern Cape and throughout South Africa, and is also the preferred Implementing Agent (IA) for the South African government’s Infrastructure and Facilities Management Programme by providing expertise and capacity in minor and mega infrastructure and facilities development & management projects. Therefore, the CDC is keen to see the aforementioned expertise and experience spanning over 19 years utilized in the delivery of mega infrastructure projects on the African content.


CDC is an Implementing Agent for the US$ 100 million Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in the Eastern Cape


To this end, the CDC has a long-standing experience in the conceptualization, design, implementation and the operation of the most successful Coega Special Economic Zone in Africa. Such experience and expertise have over the past 10 years become the pride and yardstick of the South African government infrastructure development programme in the delivery of a rich portfolio of public infrastructure programme across the country, worth a US$1 billion.


These, include among others the building of new school facilities in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, hospitals and clinics, public libraries, sporting facilities, and other mega infrastructure development projects. There is no any other SEZ in the country with the same wealth of experience and expertise, which therefore makes the CDC ideal for expansion into new markets on the African continent to assist government implement their own infrastructure programs.


Coega Development Corporation – 19 years of expertise and experience in building mega infrastructure project.


Through the Africa Trade and Investments Solutions Strategy, the CDC is at the helm of the country’s renewed drive for business exchanges between South Africa and the rest of the African content. The organization is currently embarking on project delivery and operationalization of key public infrastructure throughout the continent. The CDC’s value proposition in terms of the infrastructure programme implementation leverages the following:

·         The inclusion of local supplier value chain;

·         Local content development;

·         Capacity and capability development;

·         Labour management; and

A streamlined approach to benefits management across the project lifecycle.


To date, the CDC has begun in earnest providing consulting and advisory services to three (3) other African countries and is therefore extending its business interest to the rest of the African continent.

Coega also plays a pivotal role in advancing the regions readiness for various energy projects. These energy projects comprise of generation, manufacturing as well as services orientated projects. The Engie-led Dedisa Peaking Power Plant, shown below, which is a diesel driven 342 MW plant is one of the largest operational energy plants at Coega to date at the value of US$ 320 million.


Dedisa Peaking Power Plant, 342MW, US$ 320 million, Coega SEZ


This investment displays the capability of Coega’s value creation through the co-ordination of key enabling infrastructure, with almost zero construction disruptions due to the effective labour management framework, which benefited the Enige-led project consortium and many other investors in the SEZ, which include China First Automotive Works (FAW), Discovery & WNS (Business Process Outsourcing), Coega Dairy, PE Cold Storage, Tiger Brands, and recently the US$1 billion Beijing Automotive International Company (BAIC). The total value of operational investment is US$ 800 million.


Therefore, the total investment in the Coega SEZ including infrastructure development programmes is approximately US$3 billion, contributing in excess of 100,000 new jobs created over the past 18 years and trained more than 90,000 people on various skills related to infrastructure development.


A key competitive advantage is the CDC’s ability to scale its operations, leverages innovation, business ecosystems and strategic collaboration in order to build symbiotic synthesis, enhance competiveness as well as benefits realization of transformational infrastructure projects.


In conclusion, the captains of industry and government departments on the African continent should look no further than the CDC for investment opportunities and infrastructure expertise and experience. We remain committed in being the leading catalyst for championing of the socio-economic growth in South Africa and the broader African continent in order to meet the regional developmental agenda.

The Snatched Review

The Snatched Review, “a fast-paced entertainment news show with a focus on the film and television industry - this show will contain a rundown of the industry’s hottest news.”


With his experience on television show sets, theatre stages and the most exciting events on the entertainment industry’s calendar, Hlogi has a unique insider perspective that complements the current crop of local online entertainment content. With a focus on quality production value and content, The Snatched Review is certain to become a leading voice in South African film and television critique.


The Snatched Review  is now live on the Snatched Productions YouTube channel 

NEVER GIVE UP -STEVE JOBS                                                                                                                                              #MONDAYMOTIVATION
Rest in peace Akhumzi Jezile

TV presenter and producer Akhumzi Jezile, singer Siyasanga Kobese and actor Thobani Mseleni died in a car accident on April 28 2018 . On the 29th of April  former Orlando pirates midfielder and Bafana player Bheka Phakathi also passed away in a car  accident.

Ukholo lwam -Lusanda  Spiritual Group ,May this song comfort the families during this difficult time .

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Zahara ft Mzwakhe Mbuli-Mandela
Queen B!


Karou Charou

Karou Charou:

Silverstar is the home of comedy madness once again - South African comedy icon Karou Charou  will be delivering a side-splitting evening of spicy humour at Silverstar’s leg of his Hot and Spicy tour. Silverstar Centre will come alive with laughter on Friday, 18 May 2018, when Karou’s performance will double as a live recording for his second official DVD. With a unique blend of music, comedy and dance, the show is set to reminiscent of a Bollywood movie. Don’t miss this hilarious local comedian, who is paving his own road into the South African Comedic Hall of Fame!

Tickets are available at Silverstar Box Office or at www.silverstar.co.za for R120 per person. 




A Bee Friendly Garden with Garden Master

How to create and maintain  a Bee friendly garden for a healthier and beautiful garden and the preservation of the black and yellow pollinators.


A Bee Friendly Garden with Garden Master

Recent research tells us that natural homes for bees are becoming less in abundance. Which means that planting a bee-friendly garden should become a priority when planning one. Interestingly enough, bee-friendly gardens also contribute to increasing bee varieties. If you are considering planting a vegetable patch, another bonus you can look forward to is a bountiful harvest of vegetables as much of the heavy work of pollinating vegetable crops is done by honey bees.

If you have a garden already and would like to start creating a bee-friendly haven, then doing so isn’t as complicated as you may think. 

  • Choose plants that attract bees: This is fairly self-explanatory but there are certain plants that are more attractive to bees than others. These plants include the likes of basil, sage, thyme, lavender, watermelons, cucumbers and pumpkin – all of these seeds are available from the Garden Master seeds range.
  • Group the same plants together: If you have the space, try to plant at least one square metre of the same type of plant together.
  • Pick plants with long blooming cycles: This will keep the bees coming back to your garden.
  • Let your plants flower: Leave the flowers on your plants, this will allow the honeybees to get the pollen and nectar they need.
  • Fresh water source: Any shallow water source will do; a bird bath, a waterfall, a pool or even newly watered potted plants are good for bees.
  • No pesticides or other chemicals: Most chemicals are toxic to bees, so when in doubt, rather leave it out.
  • Weeds: Flowering weeds are very important food sources for bees.


Garden Master has a full range of products for all your bee gardening needs which ranges from hose pipes, spades, rakes, pruning sets, pot plants, soil and seeds to name but a few.

To find out more about Garden Master visit www.gardenmaster.co.za or follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GardenMasterFan/

  1. Honey is the only food made by an insect, and eaten by both the insect and humans

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PopUpGym powered by adidas

Date & Time:  Saturday 28 April  

Venue:  The Square


06:00 – 07:00 Collection of head phones

07:00 – 10:00 Workout sessions


Tickets:  R 300pp


PopUpGym is a new health and fitness movement which promotes a healthy and active lifestyle. Founded by health fitness guru, Letshego Zulu and Khethiwe Mlangeni in 2015.

PopUpGym demonstrates that you can train anywhere and at any time.

PopUpGym has officially partnered with the global fitness brand adidas to bring you PopUpGym powered by adidas

Registration will take place at TotalSports Cradlestone Mall on Friday 27 April.


Join us on Saturday for 3 workout sessions with 3 different coaches​ coupled with healthy eating and lifestyle conversations between workouts.

You will also receive an amazing goody bag



Finish believes that water conservation should not only be the responsibility of the public sector. Corporate South Africa has an important role to play from an awareness and education perspective. The debilitating drought in Cape Town has highlighted just how important it is for every sector of the economy to get involved in addressing the crisis.


In partnership with Bosch and the Department of Water and Sanitation, Finish is show citizen how dishwashers can save water, time, energy and improve hygiene, all at the touch of a button.


Did you know that a dishwasher can use as little as 6.5L of water per cycle? This means a family of four could save on average 57 litres of water per load, compared to handwashing. Can you imagine being able to clean 144 items with 6.5 litres of water?


By switching to a dishwasher, the amount of water saved over a year, compared to handwashing dishes can be more than 10 thousand litres per household.


The current drought woes have highlighted the need for efficient water management systems and concerted conservation efforts by all South Africans. While good winter rainfalls may relieve some of Cape Town’s water issues, droughts will continue to hound Cape Town and greater South Africa.


According to the Water Research Commission, South Africa will demand 17% more water than exists by 2030. The commission reports that the country’s water supplies are almost fully allocated, making it difficult for new enterprises to access water licences and placing a dampener on future economic growth.


“There is increasing pressure on South Africa’s water supply and if current population growth trends continue, domestic and industrial water demand will more than double by the year 2050,” says Dr Konanani Khorommbi, Project Manager: Institutional Reforms and Realignment for ‎the Department of Water and Sanitation.


“Now more than ever, we need a strong social, financial and political commitment to reduce future water use,” he continued.


Finish marketing director Raheel Dhaduk says water conservation should not only be the responsibility of the public sector. “Corporate South Africa has an important role to play from an awareness and education perspective. The debilitating drought in Cape Town has highlighted just how important it is for every sector of the economy to get involved in addressing the crisis.”


A thorough investigation of manual dishwashing, namely the Laboratory Investigation of Manual Dishwashing Habits and its Resources: A study of consumer panels in seven global regions, points to an increased demand for resources such as water and energy in the residential sector in the foreseeable future.


The study, which examined the manual dishwashing habits of 289 people in 29 countries found that automatic dishwashing achieves “a clear optimisation of the dishwashing process under chosen test conditions with regard to more efficient resource usage and an improvement in cleaning performance.”


With water management one of the cornerstones of global environmental protection policies, ordinary citizens need to consider what they can do to consume less water.


Dhaduk says the Finish and Bosch partnership is aimed at encouraging consumers to use products that save water. “While the average global dishwashing machine uses about 10,2 litres of water per quick cycle, the handwashing of 13 place settings uses an average of 68.5 litres of water.


“A family of four can save up to 10,670 litres of water a year by using a dishwasher. This is a compelling reason to invest in an automatic dishwasher rather than continue along the manual hand washing route”


Dhaduk explains that the use of an automatic dishwasher can reduce water consumption by a massive 57L per cycle. Notably, technological advancements have meant that a Bosch dishwasher now uses as little as 6.5 litres of water per cycle

“A dishwasher is not just about water-saving, it can also save you time, energy and give you a more hygienic clean” he continued.


Dishwasher users save as much 51 minutes of time and 1.1kWh of energy per cycle. Trended over a year and time savings can equate to over 6.5 days, with enough energy saved to run a standard kettle over 1800 times. In addition, water is heated to 60 degrees Celsius – a temperature that human hands cannot withstand – ensuring dishes are more hygienically clean.


Dhaduk further explained that all these savings add up. The water and energy saving achieved using a dishwasher can mean that as much as R700 is saved per year. This means that a R4000 dishwasher effectively pays for itself in just over 5 and a half years.


Within this context, leading dishwashing brand, Finish, has leveraged its partnership with Bosch to demonstrate how dishwashers can support water conservation initiatives in the country.


In addition, to underscore its commitment to the preservation of water, Finish is partnering with the Department of Water & Sanitation (DWS) to further educate communities on the importance of water conservation. Dhaduk says the initiative will be conducted in consultation with the DWS. “We want our investment in the community to be sustainable and make sure that it is aligned with initiatives by the DWS. We will be tracking its progress by monitoring water consumption, water saving and behavioural trends.”


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Massiv move for Faith Mangope

Massiv move for Faith Mangope

Faith Mangope, eTV Sunrise anchor, entrepreneur and radio personality, has taken on a new challenge – managing a one-of-a-kind hybrid radio station, Massiv Metro, which celebrates its first anniversary in May with version two of the Massiv Metro app, along with a vibrant new lineup.

Dynamic and driven, in 2014 Faith described herself as “a broadcaster, a businesswoman, and a world-changer” in her address to introduce President Barack Obama at a Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders programme event.

She joined Massiv Metro as Senior Producer in May 2017, was soon promoted to Head of Programming, and this year to Station Manager. She is an achiever and is well equipped for the task of managing the innovative Massiv Metro radio station that will be “the biggest radio station in South Africa” in the not too distant future, she says.

Massiv Metro is a hybrid online and terrestrial radio station that reaches 672 000 listeners per six-day week, streaming live in eight Johannesburg taxi ranks and 800 taxis and online at www.massivmetro.com. Massiv Metro is the brainchild of DJ Sbu and Massiv Media.

Mangope, 31, came to Massiv Metro from an already illustrious career in broadcasting – both radio and television. She joined 702 perchance, while studying International Relations and Industrial Psychology student at Wits University.

She had accompanied a friend to an audition – she then auditioned and got a job. She started call-screening and was soon involved in producing shows while continuing her studies at Wits, working day and night. Faith says, “My training at 702 had encouraged 40-something thinking, as had the life challenges I had dealt with. I needed to find the young me to identify with the target audience at YFM. I was given a mandate by Kanthan Pillay (then head of YFM) to go and party and get to understand the youth market. I did – it was excellent, and I thrived in the YFM environment.”

In 2014 she was chosen as one of 500 by the Young African Leaders Initiative (43 from South Africa) for the Mandela Washington Fellowship programme, spending six weeks at the University of Texas studying Entrepreneurship and gaining a strong pan-African perspective on global affairs. In Washington DC she was asked to give a brief speech and introduce President Obama when he addressed the summit. “It was a defining moment in my life. Here I was, a girl from rural Mpumalanga addressing the leader of the free world – and impressing him. I knew it was crucial to be a world-changer, to have an impact, to continue to focus on building lives.”

Mangope believes that Massiv Metro is doing just that, and is defining history. She was invited to join the team and immediately recognised the brilliance of the radio station and the entrepreneurial and creative spirit that had led to its conception. “I love this platform – it is innovation personified. When you are able to play in an online space, but as a terrestrial medium, you understand just how much innovation has gone into developing this initiative. We’re online, but we are in taxis, a captive audience at all times. This is where radio will be going – and we are in a position to set the benchmarks for it.”

Mangope contributes strong broadcasting experience and skills, leadership dynamism, a visionary entrepreneurial spirit and more to the Massiv Metro mix. She says the future for Massiv Metro is bright. “We have to be limitless in our thinking. By the end of the year, our commuter listenership will have grown to 1.5 million – and at this stage we are only in Gauteng. We plan to expand into all nine provinces, with local content and local offering. We’re going to be the biggest radio station in South Africa. Once we have the South African market, there is nothing to stop us partnering with radio stations across the continent to be streamed into commuter transportation.”

Listeners can tune in to Massiv Metro at www.massivmetro.com or download the app from the Google Play store (Android) and on the App Store (iOS). For more information about Massiv Metro go to massivmetro.com or contact Tony Mallam on tony@massivmetro.com.


Prizes to the combined value of R1 million to be won!

Nature’s Best Photography Africa, the premier annual African nature focused photography competition in the world, is now open

Nature’s Best Photography Africa in association with Iziko Museums of South Africa, is pleased to declare that the 2018 competition is now open.

This popular competition invites photographers from across the globe to submit their images, taken in Africa, for judging online by an expert panel of judges. The combined value of the prizes, photographic safaris to some of Africa’s finest wildlife environs, is approximately R1 million, making this one of the most prestigious competitions of its type in the world. These prizes are sponsored by & Beyond, the Chobe River Lodge and CNP Safaris.

The competition consists of 15 categories: African Wildlife Portfolio, African Landscapes, Wild Cats of Africa Behavioural, Wild Cats of Africa Portraits, Birds of Africa Behavioural, Birds of Africa Portraits, Mammals of Africa Behavioural, Mammals of Africa Portraits, Reptiles of Africa, Africa at Sea, Africa Up Close, Art in African Wildlife, Black & White, Wildlife Video and the Youth Awards 18 years and under.

The winning images will be exhibited at the Iziko SA Museum in the latter part of 2018, making NBP Africa one of only 3 nature competitions to be run in association with a museum of natural history. NBP Africa follows in the proud footsteps of NPB Global that has run in association with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for over 20 years.

NPB Africa is registered as a South African non-profit entity which has established this valuable platform for the promotion of photography, conservation and the continent of Africa, to a massive global audience.

The competition, winners exhibition and the educational component aims to promote photographic excellence, attract new audiences to photography, and to foster an appreciation for conservation of our natural resources amongst all segments of the population.

The premier annual African nature focused photography competition in the world, NBP Africa, has shown unprecedented growth over the past 4 years.

Entries for the 2018 Nature’s Best Photography Africa competition are now open
Competition Closes on 2 July 2018

To find out more:

email:   info@naturesbestphotographyafrica.com 

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Precious’ Chocolate Cake

Create a Stir with this Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake

Create a Stir in your kitchen with the delicious Nola Mayonnaise chocolate cake recipe. A deliciously moist cake with a beautiful texture, a rich chocolate taste and the flavourful touch of Nola mayonnaise.  Once you try the recipe you’ll see that creating a stir with Nola Mayonnaise is so easy.

What? You didn’t know you could bake a chocolate cake with mayonnaise? Well now you do and trust us, it’s delicious. This recipe from the good folks at Nola, South Africa’s much-loved mayonnaise, is really creating a stir (…..get it?).


Precious’ Chocolate Cake – a recipe that will have the whole family licking their lips:



630ml (335g) cake flour

110ml (40g) cocoa powder

380ml (320g) castor sugar

5ml salt

8ml bicarbonate of soda

300ml Nola Original Mayonnaise

400ml water

5ml vanilla essence

250ml cream

200g dark chocolate, chopped chocolate shavings for garnish



Preheat oven to 180°C and line a 23 cm round baking tin with wax paper. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, castor sugar, salt and bicarbonate of soda. Give it a good mix to combine. In a separate bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, water, and vanilla essence. Add the liquid to the sifted ingredients and stir to combine. Pour into the prepared baking tin. Bake for 45 minutes, until a cake tester, comes out clean. Cover in tinfoil and leave to cool in the tin (overnight in the fridge is best). To prepare the ganache, bring the cream to the boil and add the chopped chocolate. Stir until smooth and leave to cool. Pour over the cake. It’s easiest to do this by placing the cake on a wire rack, so the excess can drip off. Sprinkle over the chocolate shavings and enjoy.


Make sure you call on NOLA Mayonnaise to Create A Stir in your kitchen. Its creamy texture and delicious versatility inspires new ways with food that will leave your friends and family wanting more.

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Standard Bank Entrepreneurial Development 

Standard Bank Entrepreneurial Development team refurbishes Limpopo school for R3 million

Standard Bank’s Entrepreneurial Development team undertook to support a primary school in Limpopo’s Lephalale to the tune of an estimated R2.8 million. Located in the Mmaletswai Village, Nku Primary School is in dire need of repair in order for its employees to properly teach and care for its 490 learners.

“The Standard Bank ED team is focusing on a number of impact projects that will take the nation to its Next through job creation, positive social impact and value-chain integration in terms of black business,” says Mfanufikile Motha, Head of Entrepreneurial Development at Standard Bank. “One of the projects identified is the revamp of schools throughout South Africa, because the team – like the greater group – acknowledges that education plays a vital role in the growth of our country, as well as in Africa as a whole.”

According to the principal, Mr Chisulu, the school is dilapidated, struggles with overcrowding in its classrooms and still uses pit latrine toilets. Though it has a feeding scheme, the children’s food is prepared in a shack due to lack of adequate space, and the staffroom is used as a storage area.

“It’s obvious that teachers cannot teach to their full potential in such conditions, and learners cannot learn to theirs, regardless of drive, talent and intelligence,” Mr Chisulu continues. From 22 March, the school has undergone a dramatic overhaul: existing classrooms are being refurbished through plastering, painting and ceiling installation; a kitchen is being built; and the roof is being checked for leaks. All this has cost an estimated R2.8 million – a small price to pay if you consider the positive ripple effect a thorough early education has on an individual and an economy.

Keeping true to Standard Bank’s philosophy of sustainable progress for all, the team hired a black-owned Business Development Support company to oversee the construction and, where possible, used local suppliers for materials.“There can be no progress without education,” says Mr Motha. “The physical environment of school buildings and school grounds is a key factor in the overall health and safety of staff, visitors and learners, and their ability to learn effectively.”The construction at Nku Primary School was completed by 9 April, the day before the children return to school from their holidays.

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The Shabba Challenge with Vodacom and Kaizer Chiefs

Join the #ShabbaChallenge with Vodacom and Kaizer Chiefs

At last year’s Kaizer Chiefs Player Awards,Siphiwe Tshabalala was named Vodacom Player of the Season for the 2016/17 season, which earned him R100 000, courtesy of Vodacom.

In partnership with Vodacom, Tshabalala donated half of his prize money to his old school, Phumzile Primary School in Phiri, Soweto.

 Shabba paid a visit to his former school and stepped out of his comfort zone by playing a friendly game of netball against the school’s top team. After the game, Shabba and his Kaizer Chiefs teammates handed over football and netball equipment to the value of R50 000 to be used by the school’s learners.

The ‘out of the ordinary’ netball game served to kick off the #ShabbaChallenge where the public is challenged to give back to their communities. Vodacom is throwing its full support behind the #ShabbaChallenge with a nationwide drive from 18 April for fans to also step out of their comfort zones and be the hero in their communities by giving back in any way they can.

“Vodacom shares Shabba’s passion to make a difference in people’s lives which is why we decided to take what he is doing in his community and make it a national drive,” saidMichelle van Eyden, executive head of department - sponsorships.

“Giving back is all about stepping out of your comfort zone and stepping into somebody else’s situation to make a difference. Vodacom is extremely proud to be associated with a player like Siphiwe who realises the importance of giving back and we will always support such initiatives,”van Eyden added.

The #ShabbaChallenge will be driven on Twitter (@VodacomSoccer, @KaizerChiefs and @siphiweshabba) and Facebook (@Vodacom and @KaizerChiefs), asking fans to take up the challenge by posting photos and videos of themselves giving back to their communities.


It’s time for soccer fans to step out of their comfort zones and join Siphiwe Tshabalala in making a real difference.

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StayEasy Maputo opens in Mozambique


Tsogo Sun is pleased to announce the official opening of its newest offshore hotel property, StayEasy Maputo, located in the vibrant hub of Maputo, Mozambique. This addition to the Tsogo Sun Hotels portfolio will bring the number of properties outside of South Africa for the group to eleven, and the third hotel for the group in Mozambique.


StayEasy Maputo is conveniently located along the coast in Mozambique’s capital and is ideally situated for business guests, and leisure travellers, visiting the city. Only 9km from the Maputo International Airport, StayEasy Maputo is adjacent to the Baía Shopping Mall, offering easy access to convenient stores and restaurants.


Guests can enjoy a wide variety of amenities, including an outdoor deck next to a swimming pool, a modern meeting room for up to 12 delegates, and a self-service workstation. A state-of-the-art gym is available at the Baía Shopping Mall.


StayEasy Mozambique has 125 comfortable, en-suite rooms. Guests can enjoy in-room tea and coffee facilities, an electronic safe and air conditioning. Select DSTV channels are available, and each guest will receive 250MB complimentary WiFi. Rewards members receive 2GB free WiFi per room per day.


“We are excited to finally open the doors to Tsogo Sun’s newest property in Mozambique. We believe in the potential for growth in Mozambique, and StayEasy Maputo will be an exciting addition to our portfolio in the country,” explains Bruce Chapman, General Manager of both StayEasy Maputo and Southern Sun Maputo.


Nearby attractions for StayEasy Maputo include a wellness spa, casino, night clubs, museums, coffee shops and the renowned Maputo Fish Market.

Travelling to Maputo is increasingly easy from South Africa as flights from Johannesburg and Durban are regular and take about an hour.


Tsogo Sun’s portfolio includes over 100 hotels and 13 casino and entertainment destinations throughout South Africa, Africa, the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi.

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Digital Marketing Business

One of South Africa’s leading digital marketing businesses – Mark1 has launched a first of its kind in-house training programme that provides young creative minds with on-the-job training – a long time industry need introduced to improve the calibre of ad graduates in the country.

Launched in February, the Mark1 Media Academy offers several candidates employment in the process. The three-month course, monitored by an intern mentor and supervisor is divided into four components: ad operations, sales, strategy and digital design. While South Africa is making great strides with regard to training and upskilling in the digital marketing space – ad operations in particular, this programme’s primary focus is not something students can study for at university, instead it requires on-the-job training.


“On-the-job training is always highly beneficial since it gives candidates the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge. We are passionate about creating employment opportunities for young, talented South Africans and we believe that this programme will contribute largely to the talent pool this industry needs,” says Mark1 managing director, Daan Du Toit.


He explains that while graduates who enter this industry come with a ‘top-level’ theoretical understanding of the digital advertising and marketing landscape, they fail to fully understand the mechanics behind the campaign conceptualisation process and how it is managed and served online. The academy aims to provide graduates with a more focussed and streamlined approach to the way they would function and operate in the media and advertising industry. Further, it will educate the “new generation of eager, young minds” with the practical experience that can also be applied in a real-work scenario.


M1MA intern, Tyan Odendal says: “While my Marketing Degree gave me a good stepping stone, Mark1 Media’s internship programme gives me the real tools and practical understanding I need when it comes the digital advertising landscape. This programme has equipped me with a wealth of knowledge that I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else.”

In the past few years, Du Toit says Mark1 has had “great success” training interns and many remain employed at the business but adds that this year was the best time to introduce a formal and structured internship programme. Six students are currently enlisted in the M1MA programme and the selection criteria is based on the skill set that the business requires. And while Mark1 always strives to provide employment once students conclude the programme, this is not always possible.


“We realise we won’t be able to provide employment to every qualifying candidate. But on completion of this programme we are 100 percent certain that interns will be well-equipped to find employment in the industry and take their careers to the next level. Mark1 also commits to using its expansive network to assist them,” he says.

The Orbit

This year’s hugely popular Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival will take place between 29 June and 8 July.

Following the devastating fires in the town last year, the regrowth of the region has been phenomenal, and visitors to the picturesque Garden Route area will have no shortage of activities from which to choose, with more than 100 activities arranged over the 10-day period.

The premium sport-and-lifestyle festival has become an institution on South Africa’s winter calendar and really does offer something for everyone: sports enthusiasts can sign up for the country’s top cycling and road-running events; families need look no further for fun-filled quality holidays; adventurers will be overwhelmed by the area’s spectacular natural scenery and thrilling adventure options, and of course for those looking to indulge in world-famous Knysna oysters with a glass or two of bubbly, the festival is a veritable paradise!

As always, visitors can look forward to delicious food and drink, with local restaurants offering themed menus for the duration of the festival. Also on offer will be a variety of concerts, comedy, fashion shows and more, an adventure-filled programme tailor-made to keep the little ones busy along with the Momentum Health Kiddies Area which will be open to keep the little ones entertained.

This year’s sporting events include mountain bike events on Saturday 30 June, with 80km, 50km, 30km, and 15km routes, in addition to the newer 30km E-bike race. The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour will take place on Sunday 1 July; and offers a 115km and 50km route.  In an exciting development this year, the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour has confirmed that the 115km road race, along with the 80km and 50km mountain bike races will be seeding qualifying events for the 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour.

The Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon & Half Marathon are two of South Africa’s most-hotly contested running races and will take place on Saturday 7 July. 

So plan a winter holiday and discover the wonders of the Garden Route - enjoy walks in the indigenous Knysna Forest and view the famous Knysna Heads. Knysna Tourism’s #Knysnarises campaign has helped to ensure that the very special town is ready for you. Come and support the Knysna community and enjoy 10 days of fun and adventure.




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Grilled Hake Fillets with Mustard Butter


  • 4 I&J Deep Water Hake Fillets
  • 30 ml melted butter
  • 15 ml prepared wholegrain mustard
  • fresh thyme leaves


  • Mix the butter and mustard. Season with salt.
  • Place the I&J Deep Water Hake Fillets, skin side down, on a buttered baking tray. Brush with the mustard butter. Sprinkle with the thyme leaves.
  • Place under a pre-heated grill  until cooked.

Serving suggestion

Serve with pan-fried potato slices, chopped red salad onions, micro greens and lime wedges.


Creamy Hake and Haddock Pie


2 x 450 g packs I&J Deep Water Hake Medallions
1 x 500 g pack I&J Haddock Prime Steaks
750 ml full-cream milk
1 large onion, chopped
1 large carrot, grated
350 ml fresh cream
20 ml English mustard
125 ml grated Cheddar cheese for sauce, plus extra for sprinkling
2 handfuls of baby spinach, stalks removed and rinsed
2 large hard-boiled eggs, sliced
6 large potatoes, boiled and mashed


Preheat the oven to 200°C.
Poach the I&J Deep Water Hake Medallions and the I&J Haddock Prime Steaks in the milk until cooked. Roughly flake, using a fork.
Sauté the onion and carrot in butter and olive oil. Add cream and mustard, whisking to combine. Remove from the heat and add the cheese. Add the baby spinach and cooked fish. Season.
Spoon the fish mixture into a shallow ovenproof dish. Top with the boiled egg slices, followed by an even layer of potato mash and a sprinkling of cheese.


Mexican-style Light & Crispy Salad


  • 1 x 500 g packs I&J Light & Crispy Classic
  • 2 red onions, cut into rings
  • 1 x 400 g can sweet corn kernels, drained
  • 1 large avocado, de-pipped and cut into chunks
  • 10 sundried tomatoes (in oil), sliced
  • 10 black olives
  • a handful of rocket leaves
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 large green or red chillies, seeds removed and sliced
  • 15 ml olive oil


  • Cook the I&J Light & Crispy portions as per the cooking instructions on the pack. Cut into chunks when cool.
  • Sauté the onions in butter and olive oil until the rings have softened slightly.
  • Mix the cooked onions, corn, avocado, sundried tomatoes, olives and rocket in a bowl.
  • Whisk together the lemon zest and juice, chillies, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour over the salad.
  • Place the salad into a serving bowl and top with I&J Light & Crispy and avocado chunks.

Serving suggestion
Garnish with chopped fresh herbs.


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Despite numerous advances in medical technology the prevalence of heart disease continues to escalate. In South Africa, it remains the number one killer after HIV/AIDS and deaths related to heart and blood vessel diseases are expected to increase by 41% in the next 13 years.


Experts are now saying there may be merit in incorporating alternative ways to prevent and treat heart disease.


The challenge, according to Dr Dawie van Velden – a medical professional with an interest in integrative medicine and whole person wellness – is that the prevalence of the major risk factors behind cardiovascular disease (CVD) has increased substantially in the last decade.


“The biggest single risk factor by far is high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, which affects one in three South African adults. 


“Across the world, we are seeing a huge move towards alternative and more natural ways of treating illnesses. These natural methods include everything from diet, exercise,  to destressing via music therapy, meditation, and even drinking home-brewed rooibos tea,” he remarks.


We know that a diet low in salt and sugar, and regular exercise can lower your risk of heart disease, but just how might rooibos tea help your heart and how strong is the evidence?


A study conducted in Sweden found that 30 to 60 minutes after drinking 400ml of Rooibos, the activity of the angiotensin-converting enzyme or ACE is significantly suppressed. This enzyme is believed to be involved in the development of heart disease and therefore ACE inhibitors are often prescribed to treat hypertension and heart disease.


Dr van Velden explains that when blood vessels constrict, blood pressure increases, putting you at greater risk of heart attack or stroke. “Rooibos tea is known as a bronchodilator, which not only relieves respiratory conditions, but also reduces high blood pressure. It works in similar fashion to ACE inhibitors and helps blood vessels to relax and widen, making it easier for blood to flow through.


“Drinking rooibos tea ticks a lot of the boxes when it comes to maintaining heart health, so make it a daily health choice alongside your five or six portions a day of fruit and vegetables. Rooibos tea as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle may play a signifcant role in preventing cardiovascular disease,” says Dr van Velden.



Several studies point to rooibos tea’s ability to protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals and that its high level of antioxidants could reduce the effects of oxidative stress, which learners and students typically experience in the lead up to and during end-of-year exams.


Adele du Toit, spokesperson for the SA Rooibos Council explains that the brain appears to be especially susceptible to excessive oxidative stress, because of its high demand for oxygen.


“Dietary antioxidants, like the polyphenolic compounds found in rooibos, have been shown to protect neurons against a variety of neurodegenerative conditions. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) or more commonly referred to as ‘free radicals caused’ by poor nutrition,  pollution, among other factors, are harmful elements that trigger oxidation (disruption of a living cell) in the body and brain. The stress hormone, cortisol, which is elevated during exam time, increases inflammation, and further intensifies free radical production.


“When these free radicals cause oxidation in the body, they damage the healthy cells which could hinder one’s ability to learn and retain information. Rooibos counters this impact by reducing the effect of oxidative by-products in neural pathways thereby stimulating concentration and focus.


Du Toit recommends six cups of rooibos tea a day for optimal replenishing of critical antioxidants.


“Rooibos tea has no side-effects and contains some of the strongest and most unique antioxidants in the plant kingdom, including aspalathin and nothofagin. Students should make the most of this natural energy drink, which is tasty, affordable and can be enjoyed hot or cold.”


Here’s a few fun twists on rooibos tea to get you through your finals:


Basic rooibos iced tea:

One litre of Rooibos tea using four to six teabags

Sweeten the tea with honey to taste and leave it in the fridge to cool overnight

Experiment with this basic iced tea, by adding mint, lemon, orange, granadilla, mango or apple, or a combination of flavours until you find one that you love.


Juiced or squeezed fresh fruit usually delivers the best results, but you can also use honey and preservative-free fruit juice. Mixing it with cold rooibos will make it go further and keeping a jug of it in the fridge should mean you don’t have to keep buying juice. Rooibos can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks without spoiling.


Rooibos and berry iced tea:


8 rooibos tea bags or flavoured rooibos of your choice

1 cinnamon stick

4 whole cloves

6 thin slices ginger

4 cups (1 litre) boiling water

4 cups (1 litre) 100% berry juice, chilled

Lemon juice to taste


Place tea bags, spices and ginger in a large glass jug and pour over boiling water. Stir well and allow to cool for about two hours. Remove tea bags, ginger and spices. Add berry juice to the tea and season with lemon juice to taste. Enjoy cold with ice and mint leaves, fruit and lemon.

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  Top chef Nicholas Froneman at Punchinellos

Chef Nicholas Froneman  brings plans and ideas to introduce fantasy and fun with a contemporary twist and melt-in-your-mouth flavour to the popular Punchinello’s (https://www.tsogosun.com/punchinellos) new ‘Food Theatre’ menu, which, he says, ties in perfectly with the restaurant’s ‘Food and Dreams’ slogan.

“Meals together are about so much more than the food you eat,” adds Chef Nicholas. “The whole experience should be a happy one, nourishing the body, mind and soul. Adding a theatrical touch to the meal can only enhance the whole delightful experience.”

His aim is to ensure that the hotel’s food offering steps up to the next level, delivering five-star cuisine in line with Tsogo Sun’s strengthening food-centric focus across the group.

The signature dish on the new Punchinello’s menu is a ‘Secret Garden’, with a Smoked Beef Tenderloin Log, in spiced pancetta and popcorn dust, pea puree gel, and beetroot Turkish Delight. Yes, it’s a beautiful ‘storybook’ creation, says Chef Nicholas, “but the flavours are even more enchanting, complementing each other and delighting the palate.”

Chef Nicholas’s love of the funky and contemporary ‘fun-dining’ approach to his cuisine has seen many influences in his wide-ranging experiences as a chef around the world.

Gavin Rajah @Home collection 

Exciting new Gavin Rajah X @HOME homeware collection lauched!


Following on from the Pret A Vivre (ready to live) collection, which  launched in @HOME stores in November 2017, Rajah and his team have created a Japan-inspired homeware collection titledGeisha and Koi.


New additions


Gavin Rajah has expertly translated the style and romance of the high-fashion catwalk into the living and sleeping environments of the modern home.


“The original Prêt ê Vivre collection was well received,  consumers are for quality products that convey beauty and fashion as well as comfort and luxury,” says Chris Swart, head of @HOME .


Crafted using Rajah’s iconic approach to couture, the new collection features accents of geometric quilting,embroidery and beading, creating rich, intruiging textures and a sure sense of luxury.


The fabrics have been selected not only for beauty but as Rajah points out, “Because they breathe, wear well, sleep well and travel well. The home- and sleepwear in effect straddle all modes of living, they would be as appropriate to lounge around your living spaces as they would be on a long-haul flight, or even for a stroll along the beach. “


Rajah explains that the apparel has been designed with both comfort and chic in mind. “Think of a kimono silhouette,” he says. “There is that impression of simplicity combined with elegance, of comfort entwined with luxury.”The sleepwear collection was shown for the first time at African Fashion International Fashion Week, on 21 March 2018.






   Impact of menopause on women's sexuality -STUDY

  Postmenopausal vaginal atrophy

First S.A study to report on the impact of menopause on women’s sexuality finds that intimacy and good communication are closely linked, and that women must be encouraged to seek help. Results show women and men are comfortable talking about vaginal discomfort but there is a need for women to talk to their HCPs about this condition.

Having satisfying sex is an important part of life no matter how old you are. But all too often, age-related physical or emotional changes can lead to discomfort or disinterest in the bedroom.

 Falling postmenopausal oestrogen levels cause women to produce less vaginal lubrication, which can make sex uncomfortable and reduce the likelihood of orgasm.

A new study, the first of its kind in South Africa, focuses on postmenopausal vaginal atrophy. Results from the CLOSER (Clarifying vaginal atrophy’s impact On Sex and Relationships) survey – show that 50 % of postmenopausal women are affected by vaginal discomfort, and that it is crucial for doctors to initiate the discussion on the condition with their patients.

What’s more encouraging, and will hopefully increases awareness, is that 89 % of women were comfortable discussing vaginal discomfort with their doctors, and 58 % felt comfortable to chat to their pharmacist. A significantly higher proportion of black women than white was likely to consult pharmacies about their symptoms.

Vaginal discomfort is also openly discussed by couples. The study found that 80 % of South African women told their partners when they first experienced discomfort, while most men interviewed said they had discussed the issue with their partners. A full 90% of men wanted their partners to engage them in these conversations.

These findings show that it’s vital for you to talk to your partner, and healthcare provider about vaginal discomfort. Early detection and management are important for your long-term wellbeing. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about vaginal discomfort, and don’t feel embarrassed or alone – because you aren’t.

“Oestrogen therapy may be local or systemic, but local is preferred when symptoms of menopause are limited to the vaginal area,” says Dr Trudy Smith, a Johannesburg-based gynaecology oncologist and obstetrician. “Local oestrogen therapy is administered directly into the vagina, and can be given as either vaginal pills, cream or ring.”

Vaginal Oestrogen pills- contain estradiol ,which is the same as thefemale oestrogen hormone found in the body .
Vaginal creams-Vaginal oestrogen cream contains conjugated equine oestrogen.


Defective art insurance

There are many reasons why art connoisseurs collect pieces of work. Whether it is to express an emotion, adorn their homes, support the arts or to find something that truly inspires them, there is no denying the fact that owning a piece of art also comes with a responsibility of protecting and safeguarding such items.


“Art, collectables and memorabilia require specialist insurance because they are appreciating assets and are often irreplaceable, which means they simply cannot be catered for under a standard insurance policy. It lends itself to a different set of criteria when it comes to assessing the insurable value of these items,” explains  Aon South Africa, leading insurance brokerage and risk consultants.  


Defective art is one of the top risks facing collectors.  A defect in the condition of an art piece has an impact on the value of the item, which is why it is crucial to obtain a professional specialist valuation of the item in order to establish an informed and current value at which the item should be insured with a specialist insurer such as Artinsure”.


Defective art insurance also includes defective title that covers art collectors in the event of a stolen art piece that is purchased, or alternatively a replica that was sold as an original. “It is a very complex risk to consider. The illegal trafficking of cultural objects, especially from war-torn countries, is increasing and it affects everyone in the art distribution channel.   It is one of the reasons why any new art purchase must be run through an international art register to ensure that you are not purchasing an illegally trafficked item that could leave you exposed to a lengthy legal battle” .


Dealing with the right art specialist who has access to a network of adjusters, restorers, recovery agents in addition to a global network of intelligence and law enforcement agencies is an absolute necessity. A professional broker with experience in dealing with the intricacies of art insurance is an invaluable investment in protecting your art portfolio”. 


Insuring your  jewels

While your treasured items of jewellery may not be in the league of the Monarch’s crown jewels locked away in the Tower of London, they are no doubt valuable, treasured and often sentimental items that need protection from theft or loss. If you have gifted your significant other with a special item of jewellery , make sure your insurance is up to the job of protecting those wearable assets.


 Read the following important advice to make sure your jewellery is correctly insured and should you suffer a loss that your claims experience will go smoothly with the insurer.    


  • Make sure the valuation certificate is up to date - Insurers require valuation certificates that are dated prior to the loss or damage to prove the value as well as ownership of an item of jewellery. It is highly recommended to have your valuation certificates updated at least every two years and that you insure jewellery for its current replacement value.
  • Insure jewellery on an All Risks basis – jewellery should be insured under the ‘All Risks’ section of your personal insurance policy. Some policies cover all risks under the household contents section of the policy, which offers worldwide cover up to certain limits for items that are taken out of the home and are worn on your person.  
  • Keep jewellery in a locked safe when not worn - the majority of insurance policies have a safe warranty where the insurer requires an item of high value to be kept in a locked safe when not worn. This means that if a ring worth R55,000 is left on a bedside table and the item is lost or stolen, there may be no cover.
  • Insure before you leave the store - Make arrangements with your broker so that when you leave the store, your purchases are already covered. The worldwide assets all risks , cover automatically covers jewellery under the household contents section subject to the sum insured being adequate.
  • When on holiday, be extra vigilant – travellers are often targeted , as people often let their guards down when in ‘holiday’ mode. Make arrangements with the hotel or B&B for a safe to store your valuable items, and always lock up securely before you head off.  



Human Rights Day 2018



Easter Magic at Silverstar 30 Mar -8 April

The Square at Silverstar will be transformed into an Easter Playground (https://www.tsogosun.com/silverstar-casino/whats-on-silverstar/entertainment/silverstar-easter-playground-2018).
 From 10h00 to 17h00 daily, kids will be able to enjoy the range of Easter-themed activities available, and as an added surprise, the Easter Bunny will be handing out chocolates to visitors throughout the weekend.

Kiddies activities include  Easter maze games for both adults and kids, Easter egg hunts, face painting, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and a range of other interactive activities. With free entrance to The Square, free parking until the end of March, and a wealth of surprises in store for the little ones, Silverstar is the place to relax with family and friends this Easter weekend.

This Easter Monday, 2 April, Silverstar will be the place to hunt for great deals and designer items. Entrance is free from 10h00 to 17h00.

Barnyard Silverstar has joined in on the Easter festivities by introducing ‘Easter Family Fun’ (https://www.tsogosun.com/silverstar-casino/offers/easter-family-fun-at-barnyard-theatre)

Giant inflatables coming to Montecasino

Tsogo Sun is the place to be for the best in Easter holiday entertainment for fun-lovers of all ages – for families and friends.

Tsogo Sun’s SunBreaks promotion runs across 22 hotels in five provinces – KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, and Gauteng – from 16 March to 10 April when sunseekers, holidaymakers and fun-lovers will receive a 25% discount with a ‘stay for four nights and pay for three’ offer, and two kids under 18 stay for free when sharing with two adults.

Over the Easter long weekend, both Montecasino and Silverstar are transforming into holiday playgrounds with numerous activities daily from morning to night.

At Silverstar, special kids’ entertainment includes jumping castles (with child minders), a maze for Easter egg and treasure hunts, and for games for kids and adults, quiz games and music, jigsaw puzzles and crosswords, face-painting, movie screenings throughout the long weekend, and lots more.

On Easter Monday, 2 April, a pop-up market from 10am to 5pm will feature stalls selling a range of fresh and quirky and totally trendy goods including wire art, home décor, jewellery, baked goods, breads, funky gadgets, cool stationery, kids and baby products, market foods, and lots more innovative items from local talent.

At Montecasino, the fun continues with something for everyone, all the time. The Piazza will be transformed into a play area for children of all ages. Giant inflatables on the Piazza will have kids and adults alike jumping for the joy of it, trying the Bungee Experience, or joining the Nerf Gun War.

At the Montecasino Bird Gardens, two exciting Treasure Hunts will happen on Sunday 1 April, at 11:30am and 1:30pm, for 200 children at each event. Beacon will be there giving sweets to the kids at each treasure hunt stop, the Easter Bunny will hand out Easter eggs, and face painters will add to the day’s delights.

Food will be fabulous at both Silverstar and Montecasino, with special Easter offers at many of the restaurants, roaming food vendors, and delicious cocktails and ice-cold beers for the adults. Montecasino will also have a Sally Williams tuk-tuk, two ice-cream bicycles, special smoothies and fruit crushes from Fego Caffe, and Col'Cacchio Pizzeria will be making pizzas specially for the kids.

Take a break – a Tsogo Sun break, and join the Easter fun.

Destiny's Child 
You can be the Light 

Take part in the Panasonic and Nelson Mandela Foundation’s You Can Be The Light Project

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead,” - Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 – 2013).

Nelson Mandela, the revolutionary freedom fighter, who sacrificed 27 years of his life to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, would have turned 100 years old this year. This coincides with the centenary celebrations of Panasonic.

Panasonic relaunched in South Africa three years ago and has demonstrated its dedication to make an impact on disadvantaged South Africans by introducing the ‘You Can Be The Light’ project. The project aims to donate 10,000 solar lanterns to communities in South Africa, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

The ‘You Can Be The Light’ project celebrates 100 years of Panasonic's reliability multiplied by 100 years of Nelson Mandela’s legacy, which equals 10,000 solar lanterns.

 Panasonic will donate a percentage of the money generated from sales to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, to produce 10,000 solar powered lanterns that will be donated to communities that live without electricity across the country.

The project is part of Panasonic’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives that make use of its technologies and products in line with the company’s management philosophy since its founding in 1918. In addition, by donating solar powered lanterns, Panasonic is showing their commitment to establishing a green society to protect the environment, which ignites hope for the future.

Panasonic South Africa Managing Director, Hide Kaneko, says,“Celebrating the mutual centenaries marks a significant milestone in our company’s history.We are honoured to tribute the iconic Nelson Mandela, and how his ideals are in line with our CSI initiatives to contribute to the progress and development of society, and the well-being of people through our business activities.”

Nelson Mandela Foundation Chief Executive,Sello Hatang,says “Our partnership will go a long way to bring hope and light to the people of South Africa. The Nelson Mandela Foundation exists to promote the finding of sustainable solutions to critical social problems, and this campaign seeks to uplift and empower the nation.”


See step by step instructions below on how to access the “You Can Be The Light” content.

1. Download Aurasma APP (HP Reveal) on your phone

2. Open the HP Reveal App

3. Search for “PanasonicSA” and select it

4. Follow Panasonic SA

5. Use the viewfinder and point at the image

6. Enjoy content

Awakening Entrepreneurial Spirit 

Township entrepreneur Linda Ndebele has always known how to hit the sweet spot with customers, going back to his school days, when he traded in sweets on the playground, and on to the opening of his own store, when he spotted a gap in the market for maize meal.


Now Ndebele has partnered with retail giant Pick n Pay to bring a new level of convenience to his customers in Pimville Soweto.

This makes Ndebele the eighth Gauteng-based township entrepreneur this year to join Pick n Pay’s innovative spaza modernisation programme, which sees Pick n Pay and its partners in the programme upgrade spaza stores to meet the needs of customers and communities, helping to grow a new generation of modern retail entrepreneurs.

Pick n Pay deputy CEO Richard van Rensburg says many spaza shop owners struggle to access the means to grow and develop their business. “With the programme, these owners not only have access to quality products at good prices and a reliable distribution system, but the programme also implements good business management systems and provides business advice and mentorship to the owners so that they can succeed.”


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The International luxury active sportswear brand Plein Sport debuts its first South African store in Johannesburg at Sandton City.

Plein Sport is an independent brand forming part of the Philipp Plein International Group of couture brands. The first  luxury active sportswear store initially opened its doors in London at the end of 2016 followed by a series of store launches including  Milan, Paris, Amsterdam and Hong Kong, and has now made its way to South African shores.


As the world’s first luxury active sportwear brand of its kind, Plein Sport caters to individuals wanting a high-end alternative to their fitness attire. The product holds an edgy and unique flair suitable for performance action workout routines and those leading active lives. With the appeal towards luxury active sportswear, Plein Sport aims to satisfy the need for versatility, durability, flexibility and comfort through their selection of sports leisure attire, footgear and accessories.


With a combination of hi-tech materials and cutting-edge manufacturing, the  innovative pieces are designed and produced for intense action, made for both hitting the gym and everyday performance attire. The brand is inspired by sport extremists, who always push the boundaries and limits. These fast and tough individuals are represented in the brand’s tiger emblem that signifies survival of the fittest.


Plein Sport is a brand launched in 2016 by the Plein Group, the luxury fashion conglomerate founded and guided by German designer and entrepreneur Philipp Plein. The Swiss group also controls his namesake brand PHILIPP PLEIN and the men’s luxury brand BILLIONAIRE.


Young and emerging stylist, DidintleNtshudisane, has been selected as one of the 40 Emerging Creatives to showcase at the 2018 Design Indaba .

“Didintle is a creative stylist who believes in expression through clothes. The 22 year-old who left Lisof in 2017 while studying Commercial Fashion Studies is now taking over the styling world” .

Didintle who was part of ‘Wonderverse’ - an experimental fashion film and photo series in which she was the creative mind behind the styling and costumes has also style look books and fashion editorials including the most recent GQ Style SA cover. This fashion editorial was featured in a couple of publications locally and internationally. Her exhibition for this year’s festival is a surprise but she does say it will comprise of some of her released and unreleased creative styling work.

In her work she hopes to shine a light on styling as a creative process as it can be often overlooked. “Due to the size of the DI platform, it means I’ll get to strongly highlight the role and significance of fashion stylists in the wider industry, as cultural gatekeepers, storytellers, talent-spotters and curators of ideas.”

Didintle adds that she is “looking forward to the exhibitions of fellow emerging creatives, local film premiers and hopes to walk away with an expansion of knowledge and inspiration from different mediums of art.”

Check your credit report: Credit bureaus do make mistakes. Make sure that all the transactional information in your credit report is yours and is accurate. Look for late payments that may be listed incorrectly and check that the amount owed on each credit account is correct. Alert the credit bureau if you find any discrepancies.

Pay on time: Your payment record has a big influence on your credit score. Even paying a few days late can negatively influence your rating. If you have to pay regular instalments, consider setting up a debit order, so you don’t forget and accidentally miss a payment. Alternatively put a reminder in your diary or calendar.

Reduce what you owe: Use the credit report to list all your debts. Arrange these according to the interest rates charged on each. Try to pay off the ones with the highest interest rates first, while maintaining the minimum payments on your other accounts.

Pay off debt rather than move it around: Limit revolving debt such as credit cards. Don’t apply for additional credit or accounts or increase your available credit as this could lower your credit score.

Tell creditors if you have a problem: Keeping your creditors informed if you’re having difficulties won’t improve your credit score, but if you can negotiate a payment schedule your score should improve over time.

Outstanding debt will stay on your record: If an account is overdue it will negatively affect your score. Making some payments or paying it off completely won’t clear your credit record, but will improve it. Be aware that information about your payment profile can stay on your record for up to five years. Closing an account doesn’t make the payment history go away and this will still be reflected in your credit score.


It’s a fun-filled festival not to be missed by riders, owners and supporters. Even those who’ve never yet witnessed the grace and power of the horse are invited to attend the free for all 10 day competition to be held at Kyalami Equestrian Park from 24 March – 2 April 2018.

“There’s the hugely popular Nissan Six Bar event as well as the Nissan celebrity fancy dress on Easter Sunday which are personal favourites of mine. There’s also Working Hunter classes, equitation, showing and for the first time ever gymkhana games for the children! Outside of the arena’s, families can enjoy the ever-popular Easter egg hunt, food markets, car display, jumping castles and face-painters. Entrance is free and we encourage everyone to join us and enjoy a fabulous day out.”

The show will culminate in the SA Outdoor Grand Prix set to take place at 2pm on Easter Monday – 2 April 2018, with close to 3000 fans expected to pack the stands and witness showjumpers tackle the 1.50m high obstacles against the clock.


The Nissan Kiddies area will be an action packed fun zone for kids over the Easter weekend of Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Follow us online: Facebook: www.facebook.com /Nissan andTwitter: @NissanZA


Kyalami Park: 1 Dahlia Road, Kyalami, 1685 (Located next to the SA Lipizzaners)


The world’s favourite apple cider, Strongbow, brought a refreshing taste of nature to the streets of Johannesburg by taking a rough, dilapidated bus stop in Johannesburg, and turning it into a beautiful natural oasis.


“Strongbow is a natural cider,” explains Martine Erkamp, Senior Brand Manager at Heineken South Africa. “We believe nature is the most refreshing thing in the world, and we want to communicate that ethos by refreshing the world’s cities with nature whenever we get the chance.”


In this, the latest in Strongbow’s #NatureRemix creations, a natural sanctuary was created in the middle of bustling Johannesburg. The bus stop was covered in living plants which blocked out the sounds of the city and offered shade from the sun. The sound of birdsong played from tiny hidden speakers and a gentle, cooling mist was released as people sat down to offset the summer heat.


“Living in a city is absolutely incredible” adds Erkamp, “but life in any city can get draining at times. The traffic, the noise, the hustle and bustle – it’s a lot! We wanted to give people this moment of natural refreshment to rejuvenate them so they can enjoy the city to the fullest.


Strongbow also created the “Inner City Waterfall” in Cape Town – a huge kinetic sculpture in the heart of the city centre that embodied the movement of a waterfall, released refreshing sprays of mist and would light up with shimmering lights every time people tweeted at Strongbow.

With new hope burgeoning throughout the South African business environment as fundamental political change sweeps through the country, the Tsogo Sun Entrepreneurs programme (https://www.tsogosun.com/citizenship/entrepreneurs) has inducted 42 new beneficiaries from 30 different SMMEs for a year of intense training, coaching, mentorship and support – to assist them to professionalise and grow their businesses. This brings to 242 the total number of entrepreneurs supported by the programme.

The inductees – 22 women and 20 men – attended a three-day induction at Tsogo Sun’s Crowne Plaza The Rosebank hotel (https://www.tsogosun.com/crowne-plaza-johannesburg-the-rosebank) . This represented the commencement of the programme’s 2018 development year, which incorporates the provision of customised analysis and strategic plans tailored to the specific needs of each enrolled business, business management courses provided by the University of Cape Town and facilitated by GetSmarter; Financial literacy courses through the Colour Accounting system, Microsoft Office courses, and Sales & Marketing training. The beneficiaries are each assigned a business analyst, a financial mentor and a leadership coach who work with them to implement their business strategies throughout the year.

This year’s class of 2018 entrepreneurs is made up of 30 small businesses operating in provinces across six provinces in South Africa in a diverse range of market sectors that include: tourism, ICT, cleaning, professional services, manufacturing, retail, health and beauty, agriculture and secretarial and administrative services. Candy Tothill, Tsogo Sun’s GM of Corporate Affairs, says “Part of the value of such a diverse group is that it creates opportunities for the businesses to trade with each other.”

NOLA Mayonnaise is delighted to be at the Market @ The Sheds on Saturday, 24 February 2018, with critically acclaimed, Celebrity Chef Mokgadi Itsweng. The Market @ The Sheds is a lifestyle market showcasing art, music, fashion, and design. Families can enjoy a day out in a social atmosphere and indulge in a local quirky shopping experience.


Chef Mokgadi will host a food demonstration at the NOLA stand, showcasing how the attendees can #CreateAStir with the creamy texture and delicious versatility of NOLA Mayonnaise. “I have found that NOLA blends in beautifully with just about any ingredient. It can be used as a garnish, sauce, batter or binder and it can be stirred in or drizzled on top of most of our favorite meals,” says Chef Mokgadi.


Join us at the NOLA stand to learn how to #CreateAStir with the delicious creamy texture of NOLA Mayonnaise and Chef Mokgadi.


The Market @ The Sheds starts from 13:30 and goes until 19:00, at 381 Helen Joseph St, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0001. Entrance fee is R50.



Hybrid radio station Massiv Metro is the brainchild of top-rated DJ, DJ Sbu and Massiv Media, the 2017 Media Owner of the Year Award winner, that streams live in Johannesburg taxi ranks and taxis, and online at www.massivmetro.com. It’s designed to operate through a unique device installed in taxis that streams content at no cost to the captive audience in the taxis, tapping into the commuter market while they queue in taxi ranks and travel in taxis. The station is currently available in 1 000 taxis in eight major ranks in Gauteng, reaching 840 000 taxi passengers per six-day week. Over the last eight months, the radio station has gained unprecedented support and interest due to the powerful line-up of leading DJs and presenters, high local music content, and engaging, meaningful content that listeners can relate to.

The Massiv Metro strategic plan includes free streaming on cell phones nationwide, with zero rating from cellular partners in year two, and nationwide rollout with replication through Africa in year three. Key to the future success of the station is the fact that the DJs have a stake in the station.

Faith Mangope, Head of Programming of Massiv Metro and former anchor on eTV’s Sunrise show, is the key driver behind the programme planning for Massiv Metro. She talks about the target market. “Taxi commuters include people from all walks of life, students, workers, executives, mamas and gogos, male and female, old and young. The one thing they all have in common is purpose. They are going somewhere, they have an objective in mind, and they are happening. We call them the ‘purpose market’ – and we are relevant to this market because we understand them; we use banter, language, and content that engages with mass market South Africa from community life to urban city dwelling.”

Through accomplished and renowned DJs, the aim of Massiv Metro is to “make our station rocking, real and relevant, and to speak to our audience in a way that will inspire them to fulfil their purpose for the day – seven days a week,” says Mangope.

In designing content, Massiv Metro looks at what’s current, at what would set them apart from other radio stations. “Our content recognises that the commuters are intelligent, thinking, participating people. Our programming has to be rocking enough to make them ask the taxi driver to switch on. We strictly avoid presenting boring talk,” says Mangope, “and we tailor-make our programmes for our audiences.” Content covers topics of the day, sports, politics, economics, socio-economic issues, and more.

The line-up includes DJ Sbu, media personality, entrepreneur, philanthropist who offers bursaries and mentorship to learners, and major partner in the Massiv Metro founding team. Following him are Dali & Sonia with the WOKE show from 9am. Fats & Mgedeza take the lunchtime slot with Taxi 1223 GP, a show that is big on comedy and speaks and does everything township. This is followed by Sello Motau – @Djmgedeza – a former taxi driver and established radio DJ. Thembi, much-loved actor and personality, kicks off the 5-hour Drive at 3pm, and award-winning musician Zola takes the JAMPAS show in the 5-8pm slot, alongside South African actress and comedian Lihle Msimang.

Weekends and late nights on Massiv Metro feature special line-ups with the station’s popular DJs as well as guest DJs, who chat, entertain, engage, and play a range of music that covers urban hip-hop, kwaito, house, maskandi, mbaqanga, reggae, soul, and other uplifting African sounds.

Listeners can tune in to Massiv Metro at www.massivmetro.com or download the app from the Google Play store (Android) and on the App Store (iOS).For more information about Massiv Metro go to massivmetro.com or contact Tony Mallam on tony@massivmetro.com.

Don Dada brings an unusual voice to local Hip hop. Most rappers tend to be high pitched as they spit rhymes, not the laidback Dada - you can call him the Barry White of rappers. His single VIVA MANDELA has awarded RISA certified Gold Award .

Don Dada has an eclectic if not eccentric life which translates beautifully in his music. He was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, migrated to South Africa at the age of 5 and grew up in Turffontein south of Johannesburg. He has never cut his hair and his long dreadlocks run over a metre and some centimetres. He found his musical home in rap and not reggae. However, inevitably, reggae seeps into his musical arsenal as he makes hip hop.

Dada was still basking in the success of the Zimbabwe tour when he received an offer through Content Connect Africa to do the 2017 Mandela song. Dada accepted as he felt that the man who gave his life to freedom for others needed to be celebrated - this fuelled the birth of song VIVA Mandela supported by CCA, MTNSA and relevant permission from the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Unlike his usual speed to produce Dada took a few days starting by reading Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ and using extracts of that journey to create a song that can be used to tell that story.

 The song VIVA Mandela quickly gained momentum and Dada was invited by the ANC Johannesburg Region 1912OnlineRadio to spend Mandela Day with the team and take part in the 60min Mandela initiative and launch the single officially.

By the 2nd month of the show in his true Dada #GameChanger style, Dada alongside 1912 Online Radio transformed  RuFF CuTT Studio to include broadcasting and now claims the title ‘First Artist with Active In house Broadcasting Capability’  and his single went gold in this short period of time. You got to catch his HipHop4Life #DadaFriday 18h00 – 20h00 , this show currently boosts an average of 10k views per session.


 Opera Jewels, as the series has appropriately come to be known, first featured soprano Pretty Yende alongside tenor Levy Sekgapa. 


This year’s featured sopranos Kelebogile Besong and Golda Schultz ,both based in Germany, will present a varied mix pearls from opera comique, operetta to verismo on 9 March at the Linder Auditorium. Ms Besong is no stranger to Gauteng audiences, having previously sung the role of Susanna in the 2012 Opera Africa production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at the State Theatre. 

 The concert is made possible by Motseng Investment Holdings. 


Conductor Kutlwano Masote will again be at the podium directing the Chamber Orchestra of Johannesburg. Highlights of the programme include Ritorna vincitor from Verdi’s Aïda, the Czardas from Strauss Die Fledermaus, Micaela’s aria from Bizet’s Carmen and the duet Belle Nuit from Tales of Hoffmann by Offenbach.


The concert will start at 20h00 on Friday 9 March 2017 at the Linder Auditorium in Parktown. Tickets are available through Computicket with ticket prices ranging from R200 to R370.



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