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Divas Cape Town 2017 One Night Only! GrandWest 6th May 2017

Marmalade Productions is proud to present Divas Cape Town 2017 featuring: International dance diva, Sybil, SA stars, Jamali, Salome, Vuvu Kumalo, G&T, Fancy Galada and Nuraan Boltman.

All the artists featured on the line-up have all performed in successful shows around the country over many years. These diverse spectacular Divas together on one grand stage in May. Our successful brand Divas has hosted thousands of people and our new show will not disappoint. Marmalade Productions will elevate the brand and bring you the best entertainment in one packed show.

Sybil achieved worldwide crossover hits with her cover versions of Dionne Warwick’s hits “Don’t Make Me Over” and “Walk on by”, which were released in 1989 and 1990, respectively. The former became Sybil’s biggest hit in the USA, peaking at #20, and was a #1 hit in New Zealand. “Walk on by” is still, to date, the highest charting position for this Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic in the UK, peaking at #6. Sybil’s second self-titled album became her biggest-selling album in the USA.

Jamali first won over South Africa’s hearts on Popstar’s 2003-2004 reality television show. With platinum album sales, sold out concerts and top music awards under their belt, Jamali has never looked back. Their first self-titled album, hit platinum sales and set Jamali on the road to success. Their three time’s SAMA (South African Music Awards) nominated second album, ‘Yours Fatally’ was a huge hit with their fans. They won the coveted SAMA for Best South African Pop Act 2009 for their 3rd album, ‘3rd Base’.

Salome, born and bred Capetonian recorded her first single in 2007 with DJ Keith called “I Don’t want to Know”, which became a big hit on local radio and in 2009 recorded another great hit with DJ Keith called “What I do best”, this song hit Cape Town by storm and became a number 1 hit on the charts. Salome has also toured internationally with Madame Zingara and recorded her debut album in 2011. She is currently in studio recording her new album, which will be released later this year.

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DHL Western Province will begin their SuperSport Rugby Challenge campaign on Sunday at Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth, where they will face the EP Kings.

Hooker Chad Solomon will captain a team which includes eight players with Vodacom Super Rugby experience in the matchday squad.

There will also be some exciting new talent exposed at Wolfson Stadium, with props Niel Oelofse, Michael Kumburai and Caylib Oosthuizen, hooker Dean Muir, flanks Johan du Toit and Jaco Coetzee, centre Harlon Klaasen and wings Valentino Wellman and Michal Haznar all set to make their competitive debut for DHL Western Province.

Oosthuizen and Kumburai start either side of captain Solomon in the front row, with Muir, Oelofse and the experienced Ashley Wells providing cover on the replacements bench.

In the second row Eduard Zandberg will partner Jurie van Vuuren, whilst Du Toit will link up with Luke Stringer and Kobus van Dyk in the loose trio with Coetzee on the replacements bench.

In the backline Godlen Masimla and Brandon Thomson form the halfback pairing, with Justin Phillips set to provide impact in the second half. Continue reading

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Land Rover South Africa has renewed its sponsorship of Western Province Rugby, which represents the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province teams. By continuing its support of the team until 2019, the British brand reaffirms its global commitment to grassroots and professional rugby.

Land Rover’s association with the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province kicked off in 2014, for that year’s Vodacom Super Rugby and Currie Cup tournaments. In 2015, six DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province players went on to feature in the South African national squad at Rugby World Cup 2015, where Land Rover is a worldwide partner.

“Around the world, Land Rover is involved in rugby on every level – from amateur clubs and schools, all the way to the pinnacle of the sport, the Rugby World Cup,” said Lisa Mallett, Marketing Director of Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa. “And through our association with Western Province Rugby and the Land Rover Rugby Ambassadors we’re building an excellent platform to support and develop rugby in South Africa.” Continue reading

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Pic: Eben Etzebeth on Twitter

Pic: Eben Etzebeth on Twitter

The match in Christchurch, where the DHL Stormers have never won, is the first of three tour matches in New Zealand for Robbie Fleck’s team and Saturday’s big match starts at 09h25 (SA time).

The Southern Kings conclude their three game tour of Australia on Friday morning against the Waratahs in Sydney. Later on Friday evening the Emirates Lions host the Jaguares in Johannesburg, where the action gets underway at 19h00.

The remaining three South African teams are all in action on Saturday evening. Loftus Versfeld hosts the derby between Vodacom Bulls and the Toyota Cheetahs (17h15), while the Cell C Sharks and the Melbourne Rebels will conclude the day’s schedule in Durban (19h30).

In another change to the DHL Stormers team, Pieter-Steph du Toit will switch from lock to blindside flank, where the Springbok fills the place of Kolisi, who is getting a break. Chris van Zyl comes in to partner Etzebeth while Cobus Wiese provides loose forward cover. A rotational switch at tighthead prop sees Wilco Louw back in the starting line-up in place of Frans Malherbe (bench). Continue reading

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Theatre ticket sales up from 2016

“Initial ticket sales suggest that the KKNK is healthy. This year we sold 6% more theatre tickets than last year and we are especially proud of the fact that ticket sales for the Uitkampteater more than doubled compared to last year’s first endeavour,” says Rhodé Snyman, chief executive of the KKNK, the annual arts, culture and music festival that wrapped up in Oudtshoorn last Saturday (15 April).

According to Snyman this year’s festival program contained a few unique experiences. At the Uitkampteater, the show Diep and Wentel, the Dutch adventure with mirrors, was well attended and the extension of this project to include children’s theatre at Arbeidsgenot turned many young festivalgoers into theatregoers. At the substantial street theatre programme in Baron van Reede Street, theatregoers could become artists, which attracted big audiences.

A project was also launched to educate new theatre critics. “Kritiek is aimed at the promotion and support of art journalism in South Africa. The purpose is to give individuals with an interest in art journalism the opportunity to acquire the skills of writing analytical and in-depth reviews,” Snyman says. Continue reading

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Provincial rugby action will burst into life this weekend with six fixtures in the new SuperSport Rugby Challenge being played across the country. The recently launched competition will see all 14 provinces and a team from Namibia battle it out in three regional pools, with the top eight sides continuing to contest for the trophy in a number of knock-out matches later in the tournament.

The exiting new innovation to the rugby calendar will also see the first of five Rugby Festivals being played in Port Elizabeth’s Wolfson Stadium on Sunday, 23 April. This will include a local club match, which will be televised live, followed by two provincial matches in a day full of rugby action.

In Port Elizabeth, club sides African Bombers and PE Harlequins will contest for bragging rights and valuable league points in the Eastern Province Grand Challenge competition, with the winner playing in the Gold Cup later this year.

The provincial action opens up with a couple of mouth-watering clashes on Saturday. Continue reading

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A group of children aged six to 15 years old from Marsh Memorial safe haven enjoyed a morning of laughter and icy fun with GrandWest staff volunteers at The Ice Station, GrandWest on 12 April 2017. The outing, a staff initiative organised by GrandWest’s Social Economic Development Department and assisted by volunteer staff from GrandWest was a rare opportunity for the children to unleash their creativity with a Snowman Building competition and enjoy unprecedented Easter fun.

Eight teams on the day competed to build snowmen, with each team consisting of three youths and two GrandWest volunteer staff. Judging took place at 11h30 and prizes for first, second and third place were awarded in the form of Easter chocolate goodies. Each child that participated received a goodie bag with gloves, a scarf and a beanie for winter. After their icy escapades, the children were treated to lunch at Burger King, courtesy of GrandWest.

Previously known as an orphanage, Marsh Memorial, established in 1901 by Reverend T Marsh, is now is a safe haven for any child between the ages of 5-18 years old, who is in need of a place of safety.  Marsh Memorial is able to house 60 children where their basic needs are seen to with the support of trained childcare workers.

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As many as 140 teenagers, with ambitions to pursue careers in the performing arts, left GrandWest inspired, motivated and emboldened to follow their dreams after attending the recent Inspired Stages workshop, an initiative between GrandWest and Inspired Stages’ Karen Burt.

The learners, from over 15 schools, were given endless opportunities to collaborate, create, discover, develop and perform in a series of workshops covering music, dance, singing, events, technical, production and other skills.

For the participating teens, every day was like a backstage pass, which included guest sessions with industry professionals, role models, celebrities and performers. Mentors and special guests at the Inspired Stages workshop included Lee Piedt, Bev Scott Brown, Kim Kallie, Robin Pieters, Marvin Levendal, Tyler Spelman, Acoustic Element, and Wiunston Siljeur.

“Catering for teens with an interest in any aspect of the performing arts industry, Inspired Stages aims to ignite the passion and empower attitudes of the next generation, on and off the stage. Our recent workshops have shown that the performing arts can help develop teens’ self belief, self worth and self respect through the stages of performance and life. The feedback we have received from this year’s participants has once again been overwhelmingly positive,” says Burt. Continue reading

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Eben Etzebeth will captain the DHL Stormers in their Vodacom Super Rugby clash with the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.

With regular captain Siya Kolisi not available for selection due to the Springbok management plan, Etzebeth will lead the side for the second time this season having stood in for Kolisi in the victory against the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth as well.

Pieter-Steph du Toit moves from lock to blindside flank to take Kolisi’s place on the side of the scrum, with Chris van Zyl coming in to partner Etzebeth in the second row and Cobus Wiese back from injury to provide loose forward cover on the replacements bench.

The only other change in the forward pack is a rotational switch at tighthead prop with Wilco Louw back in the starting line-up and Frans Malherbe on the replacements bench.

In the backline Dillyn Leyds moves from wing to fullback in place of the injured SP Marais with Bjorn Basson lining up on the left wing. Dewaldt Duvenage is back at scrumhalf after being rested last week with Jano Vermaak moving to the replacements bench.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that following a productive week on tour, his team is ready to embrace the challenge that the Crusaders will pose. Continue reading

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19 April 2017: Did you know that 70% of South African’s are in debt? And with the announcement of South Africa’s new junk status, what then about the financial freedom of our children?

Poor financial decisions can have a long-lasting impact on individuals, their families and society. The causes of the recent financial crisis are complex, but the lack of financial literacy is certainly one of the aggravating factors leading to ill-informed decisions on home loans and credit purchases. Low levels of financial literacy have also been associated with a lower standard of living, decreased psychological and physical well-being and greater reliance on government support.

Financial education can make a difference, says Kathryn Main, Managing Director of Money Savvy Kids. “It can empower and equip young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to take charge of their lives and build a more secure future for themselves and their families. Supporting financial education can be viewed by the main public, private and civil stakeholders as a critical long-term investment in human capital.” Continue reading

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