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31 August – 3 September

Jozi Book Fair Festival is here!

In partnership with the City of Johannesburg, the 9th Jozi Book Fair takes place from 31 August – 3 September 2017, at Mary Fitzgerald, Newtown, Johannesburg.

The Jozi Book Fair (JBF) is an educational and cultural festival for schools, children, book clubs, women, men, academics, communities and the public. This year JBF’s jam-packed programme has more than 150 events for people of all ages, varied topics and interests, and all art forms, 60% of events are hosted by the public. If schools want to participate, they need to register before 25 August. Entrance is FREE!!! See Full programme on website:

Celebrating our theme, Women and Literature, the Fair brings together two literary powerhouses, Kopano Matlwa the author of the critically acclaimed novels Coconut, Spilt Milk and Period Pains and Shailja Patel an internationally acclaimed Kenyan poet, playwrighter, theatre artist, political activist and author of the bestseller Migritude.

The theme ‘Women and Literature’  informs the Festival’s content, historicising depictions of women by both women and men, in literature and the arts globally. Continue reading

With the first season in the bag, Nike Academy is ready to kick start its second season and registrations are currently open. Trials will take place on the 19th and 20th of August 2017 at the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto, where more young players will have the chance to train with expert coaches and  be scouted by professional teams.

For 10 consecutive weeks, the Nike Academy provided weekly pro-level training sessions in season one of its Academy launch, where 40 young footballers were able to develop their skills under the expert guidance of coaches and mentors.

In addition to the intense training sessions, the squad competed in five exhibition matches against professional teams, namely: Kaizer Chiefs U/19, Orlando Pirates U/19, Nedbank Ke Yona, and faced off with two teams from the Soweto Football Association.

Nike Academy Head Coach and former pro-footballer, Arthur Zwane, expressed his satisfaction with the results achieved in Season one. “As a technical staff member I am proud and it’s a job well done for us. We saw some incredible talent come into the academy this round and we look forward to continuing that momentum into the second season,” says Zwane.  Continue reading

15 August 2017

The DA in the Western Cape is seeking clarity from the findings of the forensic report into the cause of the recent devastating fire that ravaged Knysna and other parts of the Southern Cape. Yesterday, 14 August 2017, the Knysna Fire Chief, Clinton Manual, provided an update to the media on the possible origin of the fire, stating that it could have been due to human involvement, which was not necessarily deliberate.

The report by Fire Chief Manual is welcoming, as it brings us closer to finding the actual cause of the fire, which led to one of the biggest disasters in the history of South Africa. Damage to infrastructure and 14 000 hectares of forest and fynbos in the area have been estimated at over R 300 million. Seven people also tragically lost their lives.

I will invite the Knysna Fire Chief, along with Disaster Management Services to the Provincial Standing Committee on Local Government to present these findings to us. This will allow us to engage with the report and better acquaint ourselves with its findings moving forward. Furthermore, it presents us with an opportunity to give those who were affected by this disaster, especially families who lost loved ones, some form of closure. Continue reading

To Commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, ITV Choice (DStv 123) will be broadcasting two  fascinating documentaries, new and exclusive to South Africa.

The first of these – Diana and the Paparazzi – will be shown on Thursday, August 31 at 20:00.  Twenty five years ago, Princess Diana was the most sought after and photographed woman on earth, as the world’s newspapers and magazines paid fortunes to get hold of circulation boosting pictures of her. Diana and the Paparazzi explores the Princess’s ‘love-hate’ relationship with the people who courted and hunted her. Twenty years on from her tragic death in a Paris car crash, those closest to Diana will reveal how she enjoyed using the press for her own ends and to make sure that her pictures told a story and cemented her brand as “The People’s Princess”. They include her brother, her personal bodyguard, her press spokesman, her favourite journalist and the photographers and paparazzi who put her on the front pages. Many stories about Diana are told exclusively and for the first time, including the truth behind some of the most iconic images of her.

The second  special – to be aired on Friday, September 1 at 20:00 – is called Diana: The Day The World Cried and will be shown on the channel within 24 hoursof its UK premiere. Diana: The Day The World Cried, narrated by Kate Winslet, is the story of that day – her funeral – as told by people who were there, from some of the famous faces at Westminster Abbey to those behind the scenes such as the funeral’s chief architect Sir Malcolm Ross who had just six days to plan the whole event; chief pallbearer Captain Richard Williams who had the weight on the nation on his and his men’s shoulders and the former Royal Protection Officer who looked after Diana and the two Princes and travelled in the hearse with Diana’s coffin. Many of the interviewees are talking exclusively for the first time.

Two very special and exclusive documentaries from ITV Choice (DStv123) – bringing you the very best in British television.

Family fun at the regional semi-final for

Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Free State and North West

Date:                     Saturday, 2 September

Time:                    From 10am to 7pm (nine hours)

Venue:                 James and Ethel Gray Park, Johannesburg

Regions:              Free State, Gauteng, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West

#CokeFoodFest / #CokeFoodFestZA

With over 40 000 public votes cast in the 2017 Coca-Cola Food Festival  to select the regional semi-finalists representing South Africa’s favourite eateries, the public has a chance to sample these delights in person!

Two regional semi-final events will offer great food and entertainment for the entire family. The Johannesburg event will be held on Saturday, 2 September at the James and Ethel Gray Park, and will represent regional finalists from the Free State, Gauteng, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga and the North West. Continue reading

Date: Tuesday 22 August
Time: 20:00 CAT
Channel: BET (DStv channel 129)
Black Girls Rock is one of BETs biggest awards shows, founded by former DJ and model Beverly Bond, that honours and promotes women of colour in different fields including music, entertainment and entrepreneurship.  Past awards recipients have included Shonda Rhimes, Danai Gurira and Gladys Knight.  The show has also featured musical performances by recording artists like Kelly Rownland, Rihanna, Missy Elliot and more.

#SA2023 RWC Bid flag event: Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, accompanied by Beast Mtawarira, Siya Kolisi, Jesse Kriel, Jan Serfontein and Curwin Bosch hoisted a giant flag on Saturday morning in support of the SA Rugby 2023 Rugby World Cup Bid campaign. The Springbok coach and players hoisted the huge banner shortly after the daily ceremonial raising of the South African flag at the Donkin Reserve in the Port Elizabeth city centre. The bid flag will fly for a full in the city, where the Boks’ opening fixture of the 2017 Castle Lager Rugby Championship against Argentina will be staged on 19 August. The Boks were accompanied by Councillor Andrew Whitfield, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality MMC for Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture.

will host a 3-month public outdoor art exhibition with a difference. They aim to protect and conserve our rhino population through art.

Artists’ canvasses will be blank life-sized fibre glass rhino sculptures that will be transformed into valuable, imaginative works of art by both prominent and up and coming artists based in and around greater Cape Town. The rhino works of art will be auctioned at the end of the exhibition and the funds raised will go to an award winning anti-poaching NGO fighting to secure a safer future for our rhinos.

Janice Ashby, founder and programme director of The Rhinos are Coming!!!, said, “We encourage artists to use their imagination to come up with unique, fun, inspired designs for our rhinos, which will stampede through the Mother City in the Summer of 2017 and 2018.

“Our first eight extraordinary rhinos, sponsored by leading companies and painted by local artists, have become our Rhino Ambassadors and have already made their way all around the Mother City and The Winelands. Our rhinos were also the stars at the prestigious WAA Conference held at the Cape Town Stadium in April 2017. By the end of 2017, we aim to have a crash of 100 rhinos parading around our City! Continue reading

A trans-generational musical collaboration

This spring, Standard Bank brings you an out of the blue ground-breaking meeting of musical minds. Two South African mavericks will collide for a never before seen exchange on the road to the 20th edition of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz.
The legendary trumpeter and composer, Hugh Masekela and chart-topping producer and rap-star, Riky Rick will come together for an epoch marking collaborative project.
This rare cross generational creative conversation and collaboration brings jazz and hip-hop together to unfold a new chapter in the history of South African music making.
The collaboration will see the dynamic rap-star, Riky Rick taking on some of Masekela’s most loved hits to re-imagine and remix them from his generational vantage point. The inimitable Masekela will also have a go at some of Riky Rick’s most memorable hits when the pair meet on stage on 20 September 2017, before an exclusive audience of music lovers invited to witness this special trans-generational creative exchange.
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The Camissa Brasserie takes comfort food to another level with a hearty and satisfying lunchtime spread designed to thaw the August chill. As always, the indigenous flavours of foraged items from Cape Town’s surrounds give special character to the dishes. Tucked away in the quietness of the cozy Camissa Brasserie, winters luncheons become a beautiful escape from the wind and the bustle outside.

The choices to start are wood roasted Cape Butternut Lasagna or Asian Num Num Duck, a winter inspired dish featuring naartjie citrus relish, candied beetroot and micro-green wonton crisp salad. For mains, diners can choose between a warming Penang Kerri Potjie, which burgeons with the flavours of spiced lamb, sautéed winter vegetables in a secret spice emulsion, or a sustainable seafood plate decked with sea water steamed mussels, wild garlic tamarind prawns and smoked paprika baby chokka. The bold and peppery flavours of handpicked nasturtiums offer a special twist to the fried rice which is topped with lemon leaf cream. There are two choices for dessert. The first is a truly indulgent dark chocolate crème with butter pastry and almond and vanilla bean ice cream. The second is a winter forelle pear tart tatin with Fynbos honey anglaise, naartjie compote and seed and violet brittle.

The set lunch or dinner menu is available at the Camissa Brasserie until the end of August 2017. The cost per head is R275 for a two course meal and R350 for a three course feast. This includes a complimentary glass of wine. Booking is essential on or 021 406 5988.

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