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JOHANNESBURG: Friday, 24 March 2017

Food Network celebrity chef Siba Mtongana’s documentary interview filmed by CNN will be aired on CNN International, DStv Channel 401, from Friday, 24 March 2017. The CNN documentary showcases young African pioneers and captures Mtongana’s rise as a global influencer in the food industry and her ambassadorship role as Global Impact Ambassador for Rise Against Hunger. Continue reading

On March 26, 2017, the world will mark the 30th anniversary of the Air Max 1, the shoe that pushed Air Innovation to new heights with its visible Air-cushioning unit. In celebration of the iconic design, a number of revolutionary women from around the globe are sharing their inspiring stories and demonstrating how they merge fashion with art in their daily lives.

Yagazie Emezi is one such women who is breaking boundaries with her documentary-style photography and humanitarian work in Africa. Originally from Aba, Nigeria, Yagazie is currently based in Monrovia, Liberia, working on an education project for girls in at-risk communities in Liberia.

While she has photographed behind the scenes for high-profile events like Lagos Fashion Week, it is her documentary work that shines a light on the ordinary. Her remarkable ability to tell a story through images and capture the common essence of human life – the struggles, the pain, the achievement, the joy – has set her aside as a revolutionary woman on the continent.

Her art speaks on behalf of its subject – the voiceless, the unheard. One of her ongoing projects, Relearning Bodies, is based in West Africa and documents how trauma survivors that are left with significant scarring adapt to their new bodies, as well as the role their socioeconomic class and community plays in this adjustment. Continue reading

Johannesburg – Aimed at honouring the efforts and victories of women who light the way, trailblazing women from all spheres of life gathered to switch on their headlights in celebration of women’s strength and accomplishments this past Wednesday, 22nd March 2017, at the launch of the all new Hyundai Creta.  The evening of inspiration and empowerment, which took place at the befitting Constitution Hill’s Women’s Jail, beamed with a guest list that featured some of the country’s brightest and talented ladies!

In addition to its unforgettable mix of SUV stylings, the launch of the all new Creta honoured the fascinating stories of women who, each in their own ways, tackle inequity and advocate change throughout the turbulent twentieth century. Hosted by seasoned broadcaster, Masechaba Ndlovu; the line-up kicked off with celebrated local poet Lebo Mashile bringing the TVC to life; followed by a memorable keynote address by businesswomen Rapelang Rabana and culminating in a beautiful ode to women by the incomparable Thandiswa Mazwai and her all woman and a thumping, celebratory set by the talented DJ Zinhle.

“As we celebrate and honour our heroines here tonight, let us not forget their sacrifices nor abandon their courage in our achievement. This is an important platform that not only lights the way for a new generation of women but it also brings us together to share experiences, exchange ideas and insight and ultimately empower each other,” said performance poet Lebo Mashile. Continue reading

About NickFest Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305), Glen 21 Entertainment &Kinder Joy have joined forces to turn the town orange and present the second edition of NickFest at the TicketPro Dome. South Africa’s biggest family friendly festival offers stunning activities, music, and entertainment for the whole family as theTicketPro Dome is transformed into a colourful Nickelodeonwonderland!!  First staged in South Africa in 2015, NickFest2017 is bigger and better than ever with a larger space, more activities and even more Slime!  It’s going to be awesome.
Date Saturday 25 March & Sunday 26 March 2017
Venue TicketPro Dome, Johannesburg
Times 9:00 am – 12:00 and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
2 sessions each day; performances start at 10 am and 16:00 pm, respectively
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Nike will be celebrating its fourth annual Air Max Day celebrations at Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg on Sunday, March 26 from 3PM until 9PM.

The best of Air Max, past and present will be showcased through the lens of the RevolutionAirs, the OG’s, the Icons, Collaborators and Innovators.

The Air Max-centric space will also serve up sneaker refresh, sneaker customization, NikeiD, lapel pin collection and live music from artists and DJs.

To join the live celebration, sign up at to reserve your spot.  Wearing your Air is essential.

The world’s cultural spotlight will fall once more on Grahamstown from 29 June to 9 July 2017 when the National Art’s Festival’s presents a “window into the soul” of South Africa’s artists with a varied and exciting programme.

The Festival is an annual pilgrimage for artists and audiences wanting to immerse themselves in the many genres of theatre and art on offer, soaking up the small-town atmosphere of Grahamstown and the passionate post-theatre discussion and debate.

Because school holidays fall later than usual this year, the organisers have made a change to the traditional schedule, which may affect visitors’ plans.

“Traditionally we open the Festival with a weekend programme anchored by an orchestra performance and, quite often, a ballet,” says Executive Producer Ashraf Johaardien. “The second weekend is usually given over to a closing party that features big music shows. This year, we’re flipping these weekends around – with lots of high-profile artists performing on the opening weekend, and the Festival closing with the much-loved ballet and orchestra on the second weekend.” Continue reading

As part of its 2017 Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, and its current focus on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) proudly presents award-winning arts journalist Lwandile Fikeni onWednesday 29 March.

Fikeni will present Like a Pistol Shot in the Middle of the Concert.

This lecture will discuss the ways in which art and literature of the post-TRC era proffered a space for creative possibility for a new-ish nation coming into its own. It will also look at how these forms codified strategies for survival and resistance, especially for those on the margins on whom the total homogenising (read: subtracting) effect of the project of nation building would fall.

Lwandile Fikeni is an art critic and MA Creative Writing candidate at Wits University. He was the 2015 Arts Journalist of the Year Award-winner and the recipient of a 2016 Wits Ruth First Fellowship grant.

The lecture, followed by an open question and answer session, will take place from 6pm on Wednesday 29 March 2017 at Hiddingh Hall, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 – 37 Orange Street, Cape Town.

Refreshments will be served from 5:30pm. RSVP at

For more information, contact the ICA office +27 21 650 7156 | or Rabbit in a Hat Communications +27 21 300 0052 | |


It’s time to check out Africa’s most hilarious and crazy Internet videos as the second season of insane antics starts on Ridiculousness Africa on 8 June (MTV, DStv channel 130).

 An immediate hit, Ridiculousness Africa debuted in July 2016 and had audiences cracking up (and cringing). The show features some of the funniest videos that the Internet has to offer along with commentary from award-winning actor, comedian and TV host, Thomas Gumede and a revolving-door panel of top notch African talent.
Gumede will be joined by co-hosts and co-conspirators, actress, singer and former Generations star Denise Zimba and happy go lucky MTV Base video jockey and Nigerian on-screen personality Ehizojia “Ehiz” Okoeguale. Shooting starts today in Spain.
Returning as the host of the second season is very exciting for Gumede, “It’s going to be better and even funnier than before. There’s a great team on air and behind the scenes, and going back to film in Spain and speaking Spanish to all the lovely ladies, definitely the cherry on the top.”

While many young South Africans are victims to bullying at school, the phenomenon is not limited to the playground, with many lives and careers damaged annually by bullies in the workplace. Victims of this kind of bullying should not resign themselves to their fate, as there are several steps they can take to put an end to the bully’s reign of terror, an expert says.

“Workplace bullying is the consistent and repeated mistreatment of one employee by another, and international estimates suggest that at least 1 in 6 people will at some stage fall victim to an office bully,” says Dr Gillian Mooney, Teaching and Learning Manager at The Independent Institute of Education, South Africa’s largest private higher education provider.

She says workplace bullying takes a huge toll not only on the person on the receiving end, but also on teams, divisions and even the company as a whole. Continue reading scooped 8 awards this past weekend at the 11th South African Film and Television Awards. The event was held at Sun City in North West from the 16th to the 18th of March 2017.

Action drama Heist was a firm favourite. The show scooped five awards out of its nine nominations. Other shows that walked away with a Golden Horn for their respective nominations are Ashes to Ashes, Gold Diggers andCoke Studios.

Below are the winners:

Best TV Drama: Heist Season 1
Best Achievement in Directing: Heist Season 1
Best Actor – TV Drama: Jerry Mofokeng (Talent in Heist Season 1)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – TV Drama: Warren Masemola (Cosatu in Heist Season 1)
Best Achievement in Sound Design – TV Drama: Heist Season 1
Best Actress – TV Soap/Telenovela: Tina Jaxa (May Gumede in Gold Diggers Season 2)
Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap/Telenovela: (Damian in Ashes to Ashes Season 2)
Best Music Show : Coke Studios

“We are excited and proud of all the achievements received. All of our production houses and cast members work extremely hard to deliver content that is loved and appreciated by our viewers.” says MD of, Marlon Davids

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