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Cape Town-born singer and season 1 finalist of The Voice SA, Robin Pieters, drops his latest music single today – ahead of his much anticipated annual sold out musical celebration, It’s A Love Thing Vol. 2, this evening at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World in Cape Town.

Pieters’ newest single, Fool, hits radio stations this week and this hot new musical release is a project that was co-written between Pieters and The Voice SA’s 2017 winner, Craig Lucas.

For Pieters, working with his fellow The Voice SA alumni on this song was “exciting”.

“Craig and I met way before he entered The Voice SA and I always believed in him as a singer. He is immensely talented as a singer and a writer and I knew I had to work with him. We have became great friends over the years and it was a joy to get into studio to work on this single with him.”

Adds Pieters: “The song speaks about a seven-year relationship gone wrong. It chronicles the end of one phase of my life and me moving on.”

Fool was written earlier this year after Lucas and Pieters decided to collaborate musically for this first time. The track was produced and recorded at Cosher Studios in Cape Town. Continue reading

One of Africa’s most reputable spa brands has laid roots at The Boardwalk. The all new, beautifully appointed Camelot Spa offers a superlative spa experience, with a menu of sumptuous treatments by expert therapists.

“A luxurious sanctuary for relaxation, pampering and healing awaits guests and visitors The Boardwalk with the opening of the exquisite Camelot Spa. A world class spa, it offers a delicious escape from life’s frenetic pace in an elegant setting.

“We are delighted to welcome Camelot Spa to The Boardwalk where we are continually evolving our offering to deliver an encompassing selection of experiences for our guests. The Camelot Spa group has an excellent reputation for providing quality products and experiences, and we are excited that these are now available to our guests,” says Martin Lodewijks, Acting Marketing Manager of the Boardwalk.

Camelot’s practices and treatments are centered around the belief that wellness is the condition of being healthy and having a sound body, mind and soul.  Therapies offered at Camelot Spa at The Boardwalk have been chosen based on the knowledge of the pressures and demands placed on the body by the strain of city living. Continue reading

Aanbod in feesterrein bied uitstekende waarde vir geld

“Die KKNK se splinternuwe Kuierbuurt bied hope familievermaak vir oud en jonk en feesgangers kan daagliks hier saam met ou bekendes, familie en vriende kuier,” sê Hugo Theart, waarnemende uitvoerende hoof van die KKNK.

Feesgangers kan tussen Donderdag, 29 Maart en Woensdag, 4 April dié Kuierbuurt vind op die Oudtshoorn Sportgronde (REC), asook die Vredestraat Sportterrein. Die fees word in die nasionale skoolvakansie en oor Paasnaweek aangebied.

Volgens Theart bied kaartjies tot die Kuierbuurt uitstekende waarde vir geld, veral met die baie gewilde weekkaartjies. “Hierdie weekkaartjies kos slegs R255 en bied nie net toegang tot die Kuierbuurt met sy stalletjies, rusareas, kroeë en ander doendinge nie, maar ook tot die ses aandkonserte op die Huisgenoot-verhoog,” sê Theart.

“Die Huisgenoot-verhoog se ses aandvertonings, word in die vorm van piekniek-konserte aangebied. Ons moedig almal aan om ‘n stoel of kombers te bring, die kosstalletjies en kroeë te ondersteun en musiek deur van ons land se topkunstenaars te geniet,” sê Theart. Continue reading

Programme: The Detour
Date: Thursday 22 February
Time: 21:00 CAT
Channel: Comedy Central (DStv channel 122)

Follow contemporary husband and father Nate Parker Jr, his wife, Robin Randall, and their kids, Delilah and Jared, as they drive from their home in Syracuse, New York to Florida for a family vacation. The trip sees several dramatic delays such as car trouble, run-ins with law enforcement, unforeseen medical mishaps and intervening locals. Then it’s revealed that Nate caused some professional trouble before leaving Syracuse and his ulterior motives for the Florida trip, fuelling flashbacks and a framing device involving several law-enforcement agencies and an interrogation into his unspecified crimes.

The 2018 Lusito Land Festival is fast approaching, and lovers of Portuguese cuisine and culture are in for a treat at the festival’s new venue in Cayman Road, Alewynspoort. The festival will take place between 26th April to 1st May, take a two-day break and resume on the 4th to 6th May 2018. This festival promises to be a celebration of exceptional food, music and fun.

Lusito Association spokesperson, Naomi Contente, says the festival organisers assessed last year’s Alewynspoort-based event and took patrons’ suggestions into account to make this year’s festival better than ever.

“Many festival-goers were understandably sad that the event was moved from Wemmer Pan to Alewynspoort last year. Choosing a new venue was, however, a carefully considered move. Not only did we want to accommodate a rapidly growing festival, which was bursting out of its seams in Wemmer Pan, but we wanted to provide a safer venue with ample parking and easy access for all.”

In addition to planting grass in to alleviate concerns about dust, the organisers introduced are introducing additional entrance and exit points, that will be manned by traffic operators and substantially ease traffic glitches at the venue.

These entrances and exit points have been identified to make the venue more easily accessible to festival-goers and further reduce traffic congestion. These entrances and exit points will be communicated to the public closer to the time. Continue reading

As Cape Town residents fight to save every drop of water, sales of sterilising product Milton has risen by 570% at two major retailers in the province since the start of the year.

“The crisis has led to shops requesting unprecedented volumes of Milton Sterilising Fluid and Milton Sterilising Tablets,” said Milton Brand manager Nicola Hickman. “We’ve had enquiries from the public around water safety and how to use the products since early January after increased media attention around Day Zero, when the taps are projected to run dry.”

The City of Cape Town’s Level 6b water restrictions require each person to use less than 50 litres of water per person per day. This means reusing grey water from baths, sinks and washing or dishwasher machines for other non-consumption related purposes around the household.

As retailers scramble to respond to customer need for drought-related products, Milton has been placed in more prominent positions on store shelves than ever. “We will also be placing promoters in Makro stores around Cape Town to assist customers with their questions,” said Hickman. Continue reading

The I Love my School campaign was started to drive an emotive narrative to get parents and other stakeholders to participate in the upcoming national School Governing Body Elections.

In South Africa, a national School Governing Body Election is held every third year. A school governing body is a body of people who are elected to govern the school in an effective way. They are also tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the highest possible quality of education is achieved at the school they govern.

Usually, this body consists of parents and community members who truly care about their children. In our democracy, we use a model of public schools. Often times people use the term “state” schools. This is not correct. State schools belong to the government. Public schools, however, belong to the people of the community in which they are located. The benefit of a public school is that the community members that govern it have the best knowledge of what the area needs.

The Basic Education Law Amendment Bill was recently announced.  This bill aims to limit the above-mentioned functions of SGBs and place those duties under the control of the state. In short, it moves us back to a model of state schools. Continue reading

Programme: The Big Bang Theory – Couple Stunt Weekends
Date: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February
Time: 10:00 CAT
Channel: Comedy Central (DStv channel 122)
The only chemistry the geeky friends in this sitcom have mastered takes place in the lab.  When it comes to the fairer sex, Sheldon, Leonard, Raj and Howard have a lot to learn.  Treat yourself to some of the funniest couple moments from The Big Bang Theory this weekend with Raj and Howard.

Johannesburg – South Africa’s leading majority black-owned professional services firm, SekelaXabiso, has been lauded, the Accounting Firm of the Year for 2017 at the South African Professional Services Awards held at the Montecasino Ball Room on the 1st February 2018. The awards, which are currently in their third edition, honour the best in class in accounting, management, consulting, architecture legal, quantity surveying and engineering.

“We are deeply humbled to have been selected as this year’s recipient of the Accounting Firm of the Year, having been selected amongst some of the top professional services firms in South Africa,” said SekelaXabiso CEO, Ms. Lindani Dlhamini. This award comes at a time when our industry is under so much scrutiny and it demonstrates that SekelaXabiso is on the right track.”

The SAPSA Awards draws together firms and individuals within the South African professional services industry and SekelaXabiso impressed the judging panel due to its commitment to ethics, demonstration of customer service, business growth, contribution to transformation, the professional service as well as the community.

“We would like to thank the South African Professional Services Awards for creating a platform that not only celebrates excellence in the work place but also brings attention to services and industries that are not traditionally in the limelight. Acknowledgements like these do not only inspire our team to continue the great work they have been doing, but all inspires young South Africans who are also trying to get into this industry by showcasing to them that they too can make it,” concludes Ms. Lindani Dhlamini.

Started in 2012 as a result of the merger between Sekela Consulting and Xabiso Chartered Accountants, SekelaXabiso has grown to become one of the most transformed entities in the financial services sector. SekelaXabiso has over 150 employees across the country with offices in Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal and Limpopo.

For a full list of SAPSA winners go to www.saproawards.co.za

Picture the scene: It’s 2011 and 26-year old Allan Bezuidenhout and 19-year old Simone Vosloo enrol independently at Capsicum Culinary Studio’s Port Elizabeth campus. A few days later they find themselves in the same practical class.The attraction is almost instant but it takes Bezuidenhout a few months to build up the nerve to ask Vosloo out on a coffee date. The couple graduate in 2012 and a year later get married. Flash forward to 2017 and the Bezuidenhouts are running Muse, a successful restaurant in Port Elizabeth. It’s a Capsicum love story in true culinary style.

So we sat down with the couple to find out how they got from there to here and their plans going forward.

So it all started at the Capsicum Culinary Studio campus in PE. What inspired you to study at Capsicum?
Simone and Allan: It was a local school with a good reputation and we both wanted careers in the food industry.

What courses did you do at the school?
Simone: Culinary, pastry, management diploma
Allan: Culinary diploma

Allan – how did you propose?
I took Simone surfing and while we waited for a set I took the ring out of my wetsuit and asked her to marry me. Continue reading

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