Backline stars Damian de Allende and Sergeal Petersen both claimed two awards at the 2018 WPRFU Awards evening, held at the Cape Sun on Tuesday evening.
Petersen was rewarded for his scintillating form as top try-scorer in the Currie Cup this season with the DHL WP Most Promising Player award and the coveted DHL Players’ Player Award, while De Allende claimed the DHL Best Back and adidas MVP Award.
Forwards Steven Kitshoff (DHL Best Forward) Pieter-Steph du Toit (Brightrock Bounce Player of the Year) and Ernst van Rhyn (DHL WP Most Promising Forward) were also recognised, along with DHL Stormers captain Siya Kolisi, who claimed the LFP Award for Leadership, Focus and Passion.
In the DHL Western Province U19 team that will face Cell C Sharks in their semifinal in Durban this weekend, fullback Quan Eyman was named DHL WP U19 Most Promising Player, scrumhalf Lucky Dlepu the DHL WP U19 Best Back, prop Dian Bleuler the DHL WP U19 Best Forward and lock Ian Kitwanga claimed the Brightrock U19 Bounce Player of the Year award.
In the DHL Western Province U21 side that will host Vodacom Blue Bulls U21 in their semifinal at DHL Newlands on Saturday, lock David Meihuizen was DHL WP U21 Most Promising Player, scrumhalf Jondre Williams the DHL WP U21 Best Back, prop Kwenzo Blose the DHL WP U21 Best Forward and skipper Nama Xaba was the Brightrock U21 Bounce Player of the Year.
Fresh from performing on Britain’s prestigious ‘Live at the Apollo’ and recording a Netflix special in Montreal, Canada, two-time Emmy-nominated South African comedian, Loyiso Gola, returns from travelling the world to bring his latest comedy offering, Unlearning, to Suncoast’s brand new venue, The Globe in Durban on 15 December.
The show challenges societal norms, making you question everything you thought you knew about politics, race, history and more. He brings together sharp and philosophical contemplations all delivered with his signature satirical charm and wit.
“This show delves into unpacking what we’ve learnt growing up, viewing the world differently and realising that there’s a need to unlearn it instead of being stuck in our own stereotypical mindsets. I go through a process of attempting to ‘unlearn’ some thoughts and preconceptions about relationships, masculinity, race, things that I’m currently going through and are pertinent in my life and I get to share this with the audience,” comments Gola.
Gola is no stranger to making audiences laugh. There is a reason why Loyiso is one of the most respected and renowned comedians in South Africa, and he seems to have been received with open arms with international audiences too.
Date: Friday, 2 November (weather dependent)
Duration: 75 minutes
Venue: V&A Waterfront Silo District
On Friday, 2 November the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will enthral visitors to the outdoor Silo District Concert at the V&A Waterfront. The free 75-minute concert will begin at 7pm. Founded in 1914, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in Cape Town is one of the most versatile and active orchestras on the African continent, and has received international recognition for its work, which spans almost all musical genres.
Former Junior Springbok and Emirates Lions scrumhalf, Marco Jansen van Vuren has joined the SA Rugby Sevens Academy and will be available for selection for the team’s first assignment of the season, the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens International Invitational tournament at the end of November.
Jansen van Vuren played Vodacom Super Rugby for the Emirates Lions this year and he represented South Africa at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in 2015 and 2016, and has played SA Schools in both fifteens and sevens.
“It is an exciting time for me,” said Jansen van Vuren.
“I have spent some time with coach Marius Schoeman in the sevens set-up when I played for the SA Schools and was struck by the great culture and strong sense of brotherhood at the time, so when the opportunity came to join the SA Rugby Sevens Academy, I had to take it.”
The 22-year-old joined the wider Blitzboks training group on Monday. The SA Rugby Academy side are preparing for tournaments in Dubai and South America, while the Blitzboks start the defence of their HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series at the end of next month, at the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens.
Award winning vernacular comedian, Sifiso Nene has rounded up a group of his funniest friends to unleash their special blend of standup at The Boardwalk on 26 October 2018. Nene’s Combo Comedy show features the likes of Siya Seya, Stop Nonsense and Siya B.
Initially from KZN, Nene has blown away Gauteng and other provinces with his vernac comedy. He also recently opened up the Comedy Basement in Braamfontein, a place where comedians are invited to share their jokes in all 11 official languages. Despite humble beginnings in Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal, Nene was announced the first-ever winner of reality competition So You Think You’re Funny. Since then he has kept his winning streak alive. He not only won an award at the Satmas for the Best Indigenous Comedian but has for two years in a row won the Comics Choice Award which is voted for by the audience.
Shy in character, Nene is a man of few words…until he’s up on stage that is. There is no doubt Nene is a comedy professional, and because he knows the industry so well, he has added the best comedians in SA to join him on stage.
A highlight of the show is fast rising funnyman, Tumi Stopnonsense aka Jumaima who found instant fame with his parody video of SABC Show’s Khumbulekhaya, with him acting as the long lost son of Patrice Motsepe. He has since shared the stage with big names in the industry such as Loyiso Gola, Trevor Gumbi, David Kibuuka, Soli Philander, Chris Forrest, The Soil, Basket Mouth (Nigeria), Kansiime Anne (Uganda), HHP, Harrison Crump (USA), Solly Mahlangu, JR and more.
Openview is proud to announce that world record holder Wayde Van Niekerk has joined its ranks as an official brand ambassador.
Known for his extraordinary achievements and prevailing despite the hurdles thrown his way, the 26-year-old athlete has more than enough energy left in his tank to run with Openview’s mission. Together, Wayde and Openview aim to ensure that satellite television entertainment is free for all South Africans, despite seemingly insurmountable odds.
“Television has the power to bring the entire world to our living rooms, which is so important for inspiring our dreams and celebrating who we are,” Wayde says, “Openview has such a wide variety of free channels that thrill, entertain and educate. I am excited to team up with them as they try to give free world-class entertainment to as many South Africans as possible – we’re going for gold.”
The dreamer from Kraaifontein in Cape Town kicked off his athletic career in 2005 when he moved to Bloemfontein with his family. There he attended Grey College and later the University of Free State, where his talents were honed under the guidance of renowned athletics coach Ans Botha.
Wayde debuted his international career in 2010 at the World Junior Championships in Athletics, where he recorded a personal best in the 200m men’s event. There was no doubt he was born to run. However, the next couple of years weren’t without their ups and downs; winning an event on one day and then failing to make the finals the next. Frustration, heartbreak, triumph and relief became constant themes in camp Wayde.
However, being the epitome of hard work, Wayde continued to develop another strength – the 400m. 2013 marked the birth of South Africa’s Champion as he started racking up the personal bests year after year. All of it culminated in that unforgettable moment at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where he crushed the world record time by 0.15 of a second, bringing gold, hope and new dreams back to the shores of South Africa.
Openview and Wayde hope to build on this winning momentum as they roll out even more free television over the next few months.
Openview. Get Free. Stay Free.
There’s only so much you can find out about Tumi Morake from the stage, the screen…and the internet. Her highly anticipated debut book, ‘And Then Mama Said’, officially hits the shelves on 8 October and is the voice of Tumi in private – a behind-the-scenes perspective of a pioneering South African star who has been deeply loved and viciously hated by her audiences.
Tumi Morake has modelled her public persona on her mother – a charming and contentious woman who used her big, bold voice to say what others were afraid to utter. It’s the personality that Tumi has taken on stage in the mostly male space of stand-up comedy, and the one that gave her the courage to comment about apartheid on air.
“This isn’t my biography, but a collection of memories from my life. I have shared some of the things that have made me resilient and shaped the persona of Tumi Morake. I have often been asked to share my story and I thought what better way than by honouring the woman who made me who I am, my mother,” comments Tumi Morake.
In this must-read memoire, Tumi gets frank about the race row at Jacaranda FM; the Jaguar car accident that cyber bullies said she deserved; the body-shaming she endured on the set of Our Perfect Wedding; and her tumultuous relationship with her beloved husband.
Throughout her story, she carries the voice of her mother, and with it the indispensable life lessons that made her who she is today.
“It took me a long time to figure out how to tell this story, whether I should be comedic as would be expected or just share my honest perspective. I looked back at how often me and my cousins would revert back to what my mother said growing up and I decided then to let that voice that is with me all the time to guide me in my book.”
One of South Africa’s most renowned vocalists, Garth Taylor marks 20 years in music with an intimate performance at The Boardwalk Amphitheatre on 19 October 2018. The concert is a showcase of all his biggest hits, highlighting the remarkable moments in his career.
Originally from Johannesburg, Taylor became a household name in 1998 with his single ‘Why’, which sat on the top of the South African radio charts for five consecutive weeks and is considered one of the classics in the South African song book. This hit was followed by ‘Only with You’, another chart topper which held the position for a commendable six weeks. Many of his other well known songs still enjoy airtime on local radio, including ‘If I Gave you My Soul’, ‘Home Again’, ‘Tonight’, and a cover of the smash country hit ‘Islands in the Stream’. Fans will get to see Taylor perform some of these hits, as well as new material at the concert.
“I want to take my fans on a journey from the very first song I wrote and the influencers I had at the time of each song. I am so grateful for the support of my friends and family and my dedicated fans who have continued to support my career,” says Taylor who got his first guitar at the age of seven and learned to play his first song from his mother.
Since then, he has continued to cultivate his raw talent and love of music. Coming from a long line of musical people, Taylor wasn’t interested in the confines of what constituted the ‘normal’ rules of learning. He taught himself how to play by touch, by emotion, by what felt right.
Taylor didn’t come from privilege and had a start in life that would have broken many. He spent the first few years of his life in and out of orphanages and places of safety. His guitar, a pen and paper were the only constants during his turbulent, young life and he used his experiences to become an observer of humanity.
eNCA, South Africa’s most watched 24-hour news channel, and Bloomberg Media Distribution, the leading provider of business news, photos, video and data, have signed a new content agreement to deliver Bloomberg’s business and finance news within the channel’s new flagship evening news show.
Starting mid-October, eNCA will carry Bloomberg news segments from New York and other global market hubs to take the pulse of world economies and their impact on South Africa. The Bloomberg news segments will be a part of “News Hour” on weeknights, which airs from 10-11pm. In a few short weeks, News Hour has entrenched itself as must-see viewing not only for the local business community ending its day and preparing for tomorrow but general news viewers who are looking for sharp economic context to the daily news flow.
Bloomberg Media will also provide fresh insight into global market trends and business analysis through a series of special feature segments and personality profiles available on eNCA and eNCA.com.
With 2,700 journalists and analysts in 120 countries, Bloomberg is the leading provider of global business news reaching a premium audience of more than 80 million influential decision makers across five platforms: digital, television, radio, print and live events.
When Deputy Director General of Transport -Dumisani Ntuli cut the ribbon on Linsen Nambi vessel, Fumana, on October the 1st, he realized the dream and vision of childhood friends, Durand Naidoo and Thuso Mhlambi.
The 33-year-old owners of Linsen Nambi, started their company in 2012. Since then, their fully black youth owned shipping company has recruited highly skilled maritime professionals, developed strong customer relationships and, most significantly, according to Durand Naidoo, “bought and own our own ships”.
Transport Deputy Director General Ntuli, a firm supporter of transformation in the maritime industry, believes that South Africa has the potential to grow to a place where this industry contributes to “economic growth and offers opportunities for job creation”. This launch marks yet another Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy (CMTP) inspired event that seeks to take forth the transformation agenda by ‘transforming and inclusively growing maritime transport economy that leverages South Africa’s Competitive advantage supported by the people and innovative infrastructure and service excellence’.
To this end, Government has prioritized the maritime economy through Operation Phakisa.
Said Naidoo: “It is heartening to know that there are Government Development Plans to unlock more deals like ours”. He added that he would like to see “the private sector opening up this space to new entrants, something that will facilitate the creation of employment.”
Naidoo and Mhlambi set themselves a goal at the start: to become the leading African shipping company with a global presence. They are on their way to achieving that.
Along with WOESA (Women in Oild and Energy SA), they recently purchases a bunker services company from Grindrod. The company currently employs 110 people, a number they hope to increase significantly as they grow their diversified shipping company.
Their vessels supply bunker fuel to other vessels calling at South African ports; as Naidoo describes it: “In layman terms we are the petrol attendants of the sea.”