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Programme:         ‘ROAST BATTLE’ FINALE

Channel:               COMEDY CENTRAL (DStv channel 122)

Date:                       MONDAY 20 FEBRUARY

Time:                       21:00 CAT

Get ready for the ultimate battle as Roastmaster John Vlismas, 5FM DJ Fresh and 947’s Darren ‘Whackhead’ Simpson decide who will win the finale of the Comedy Central Roast Battle.

The last men standing are six of South AFrica’s top comedians –  Mark Banks, Donovan Goliath, Dillan Oliphant, Thabiso Mhlongo, Richelieu Beaunoir & Dave Levinsohn. Tune in as they fight to the death armed with killer insults, deadly one-liners and wounding witticisms in a bid to be crowned the ultimate Roast Battle champion.

Three finalists will compete in a 3-way “Roast-off”, in front of host and Roastmaster John Vlimas, industry judge Darren ‘Whackhead’ Simpson and celebrity judge DJ Fresh.

In a young democracy, equal opportunity for all is measured especially by economic welfare. Many of us might be aware of the trading prices of crude oil and gold, but we also need to take into account the role that independent entrepreneurial enterprises, filling a requisite niche, play in the development of financial prosperity for South Africans.

We spoke to J.P. Prinsloo, owner of productions support company Prifactor, to shed some light on the matter.

Skills development

Nelson Mandela, key architect of the new South Africa, said that education is “the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Continue reading

#TrevorNoahAtTheDome
Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) has partnered with comedy legend and Daily Show host Trevor Noah to bring Noahs brand new stand-up tour to South Africa (TicketPro Dome, 10-11 August 2017).

Featuring all-new material, the show will focus on exploring how life has changed for Noah after the big break that took him to America, placing him in the hallowed host chair of the The Best F*&#ing Newsprogramme in the world.

Noah announced the news with a special video message on Comedy Central social media sites in Africa at 16:00 CAT on Tuesday 14 February.
Speaking from his Daily Show desk, Trevor quipped, ‘I am coming back home to do a show – not because Donald Trump has kicked me out, but because I would like to do a show for you at the TicketPro Dome on 10 & 11 August.  New jokes, new show, special guests – see you there!”

Commented Dillon Khan, Senior Channel Directorm Comedy Central, Africa, “This is stand-up comedy on a scale never seen from a local comedian in this country, and by far the biggest MUST WATCH stand-up comedy event of the year. Trevor Noah has sold out every lcoal comedy tour he has done in SA since 2010 and we have no doubt that the same thing will happen at The TicketPro Dome this August.”
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Acclaimed South African chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, was delighted to learn last week, that his restaurant JAN has retained its Michelin star for 2017. Van der Westhuizen became the first South African to earn a Michelin star for his eatery – which is based in Nice in the south of France – when it received the award early last year.

Speaking from Nice, a very proud van der Westhuizen said: “Since JAN received its first star in 2016 the pressure was clearly on and, like in the movie Burnt, our natural instinct was to fear every guest. That’s how bad it gets. The psychological pressure is so intense that everything has to be perfect.

“The retention of the star becomes a mind occupation morning, noon and night and, after putting your head on the pillow, it sometimes continues into dreamland,” he laughed.

When asked if he now has his sights set on a second star, van der Westhuizen said: “I am not pushing myself or my team towards a second star, but we are pushing ourselves to higher and better. This is just what we do.”

Van der Westhuizen admits that 2016 was not an easy year. Continue reading

MTV BASE TIPS AFRICAN ARTISTS POISED FOR SUCCESS IN 2017

Johannesburg, 13 February 2017: MTV Base (DStv channel 322) has picked its list of “Ones to Watch for 2017” – its hand-picked selection of artists tipped to make it big on the music scene in 2017.

Compiled by the MTV Base music and talent experts from across the continent, the list of 55 established and up-and-coming artists is based on the channel’s assessment of the artists’ current and future potential, including sales performance, active release schedule, popularity/buzz, radio and video airplay, style, and other intangible factors.

MTV Base aims to support the “Ones to Watch” artists as much as possible throughout 2017, building their profiles via on air and on line exposure, play-listing their repertoire, supporting key video releases and involving them in MTV Base events and gigs.  The next such initiative seesWurld’s latest video “Show You Off” feat Shizzi and Walshy Fire, premiere exclusively on MTV Base in SA and ROA on Tuesday 14 February.
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Sunday, 19 February 2017, 6:05PM

People Passion Purpose is a six-part series of inspirational regional documentaries. The home-grown series follows individuals across South Africa, as they tell their unique stories to a variety of filmmakers. The documentaries will air every Sunday, from 19 February 2017 at 6:05PM on e.tv and eHD

e.tv has, over the past few years, aired rich and colourful documentaries some of which, received significant international recognition. The seasons were filled with extraordinary, informative and inspiring stories from around the country. One of the most extraordinary stories aired in 2015 was VenRap: Taking Hip Hop To The Streets. The documentary focused on 2 young Venda men, Oriel Makhokha and Fhululani Nemahunguni, who set up a digital radio station ‘Venrap Radio’ to help out up-and-coming Venda hip hop artists share their talents of rhyming and beat boxing in diverse languages of Limpopo. Continue reading

Johannesburg, 9 February 2017: TV personality, presenter and actress Minnie Dlamini will be on sparkling form when she joins the talent line-up at the second edition of NickFest, the country’s biggest and most exciting family-centric festival (TicketPro Dome, 25-26 March 2017).

Bubbly Minnie, who goes by the nickname of “Diamond”, will make up a dream team with funny trio and fellow co-hosts Nicholas, Jason and Donovan Goliath, aka Goliath & Goliath, as they host the 2-day, star-studded spectacular in front of thousands of kids and families.

Minnie, a versatile and polished presenter and MC, first shot to fame after winning a talent search to become the roving reporter on SABC1’s “Live” programme in 2010 and subsequently went on to host lifestyle, entertainment and sports programmes, as well as starring in popular series such as Generations, The Wild and Rockville. A social media superstar, Minnie currently enjoys an awe-inspiring 1,637,994 followers on Twitter, and 1.5 million followers on Instagram.

NickFest 2017 promises an amazing weekend of fun for all the family as Minnie joins performers Shekhinah, Nasty C, and co-hosts Jason, Nicholas and Donovan Goliath to welcome kids and families to the TicketPro Dome.  An amazing combination of music and family oriented entertainment, NickFest is packed with live performances, interactive zones, kid-friendly activities, and themed areas where Nickelodeon characters and programmes will be brought to life. Continue reading

With restaurants popping up all over Jozi, it’s an exciting time for foodies across the city. It’s not difficult to believe that healthy food trends remain at the focus of the year ahead, as well as the occasional surprise coming from vegetarian dishes now taking the spotlight.

So what can we expect for this year’s food forecast as a whole? Radisson Blu Sandton Hotel’s Executive Chef, Vonique van Zyl, shares upcoming foodie trends set to make an impact in 2017.

Modern breakfast twists

Gone are the days where the expected menu options for your first meal of the day were cereal, eggs and fruit. As well as people opting for fresh sushi or salad, for those seeking a warmer treat, traditional curries are set to become a go-to dish for South Africans this year.

Desserts gone wild

In 2016 it was the mega milkshake, but it seems that sweet treats are getting bigger and more indulgent than ever before. Colossal cakes and decadent desserts, covered in chocolate and smothered in sweets are set to make an appearance, giving dessert lovers everywhere a little slice of heaven.

Health-conscious spices                           Continue reading

Sundays at 4PM

Ultimate Braai Master is all about cooking up the unexpected. This week’s episode brings the teams together for a challenge they have most likely never encountered before.

The contestants’ challenge for the day sees them planning a high tea on the braai for over 30 guests. The teams will be given three hours to bake, grill and prepare five dishes within the braai-inspired high tea theme using only ingredients from the pantry. Will they be able to bake a cake on the flame and wow the guests? Continue reading

This from bloomberg.com:

A Philadelphia court has made the unfortunate decision to reopen the legal debate on whether the U.S. has the right to access e-mails stored on foreign servers if they belong to U.S. companies. If Magistrate Thomas Rueter’s ruling stands, anyone using U.S.-based internet companies will have to live with the knowledge that, as far as the U.S. government is concerned, it’s America wherever they operate.

That’s a dangerous approach that hurts the international expansion of U.S. tech companies. Privacy-minded customers in Europe are already suspicious of the U.S. government’s cooperation with the tech giants, revealed by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. Nationalist politicians in some countries — for example, Marine Le Pen of the French National Front — want to ban cross-border personal data transfers, arguing that such data must be stored on servers inside the internet user’s country. That, however, does not appear to guarantee that the U.S. won’t get at it, either.

Last July, Microsoft won a landmark case against the U.S. government, in which it argued it didn’t have to hand over e-mails stored on a server in Dublin to investigators working on a drug case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit agreed with the corporation, ruling that the U.S. Congress never meant the Stored Communications Act to apply extraterritorially. Just two weeks ago, the court allowed the ruling to stand. The government may yet appeal it to the Supreme Court, but in the meantime, U.S. internet companies have assumed that if communications are stored abroad, they are out of the U.S. authorities’ reach.

Acting on that understanding, Google refused to disclose two users’ data to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the FBI went to court in Philadelphia. Unlike Microsoft, Google doesn’t even know the physical location of a file: its artificial intelligence-based system constantly optimizes storage, so bits of one file can be stored in several geographic locations at once.

Judge Rueter refused to be bound by the Microsoft precedent. In his ruling, he disagreed with it, arguing that as long as an American Google employee gets the data using a computer located in the U.S., nothing extraterritorial is taking place: “When Google produces the electronic data in accordance with the search warrants and the Government views it, the actual invasion of the account holders’ privacy — the searches — will occur in the United States.”

Full story here:

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-02-07/a-new-reason-for-foreigners-to-avoid-google-and-facebook?cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_content=business&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

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