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On Saturday 15 December 2018, Executive Mayor Dan Plato hosted approximately 1 500 Walking School Bus volunteers at a thank you lunch and certificate ceremony at the Cape Town Civic Centre. Read more below:

The Walking Bus initiative, which sees members of the community, specifically parents, volunteering to walk groups of children to and from school as a means to provide a safe transport corridor, was launched by Mayor Plato in 2016 during his time as Western Cape Minister of Community Safety.

Since inception, Walking Buses have been launched in more than 90 areas, with a large number in the Cape Metro, including Lentegeur, Beacon Valley, Bishop Lavis, Scottsdene, Blue Downs, Eerste River, Leonsdale, Elsies River, Bonteheuwel, Hanover Park, Manenberg, and Ocean View.

The programme is supported by schools, Metro Police, Law Enforcement, and Traffic Services, the South African Police Service (SAPS), Community Police Forums (CPFs) and local Neighbourhood Watches (NHWs). Where possible, the Walking Bus members also keep an eye on the perimeter of the schools in the areas where they operate.

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The five-star Boardwalk Hotel has received yet another Lilizela Tourism Award, this time for mobility in accommodation. This accolade, which honours universal accessibility in accommodation, is given only to the establishment and MESE venue which facilitates and is most accessible to people with disabilities.

The award was presented to the Boardwalk by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, which in 2010 incorporated Universal Accessibility (UA) grading criteria in its other quality grading criteria for the first time in its other quality grading criteria.

“We pride ourselves in the fact that we value and ensure that people with mobile and visual impairments are taken into consideration and given access to our top facilities and services at The Boardwalk, and year on year consistently look for ways to improve and make this accessibility even better,” says Nqobile Qupe, Marketing Manager of the Boardwalk.

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The Boardwalk is proud to host acclaimed band Satori – comprising Port Elizabeth born siblings Ashley, Erol, Zara, Lisa and Kevin Ally – when they return home to introduce their new CD to local fans on Saturday, 8 December 2018. The band has decided that having a concert to launch their second CD in Port Elizabeth at the start of the festive season would be their gift to the Eastern Cape, their place of birth.

The CD entitled What has become of us was released in Germany in June this year, showcasing the artistry of Ashley on Sax and flute, Zara on lead vocals, Ezra Erasmus on keyboards, Erol on guitar, Edwin Steyn on bass, Kevin on drums and percussion, and Lisa Ally on vocals. They performed to full houses in Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich, Hamburg, Oldenburg, Rostock, Hattingen, Kolne, Jazz festival in Duren and Titisee – Neustadt where they received exceptional acclaim from audiences and the media alike.

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Approx 50 SA artists collaborated as well as Dave Matthews, Peter Gabriel and Mike Rutherford. The song and video was played for the first time to Johnny at a special event at Ellerman House in Bantry Bay this evening – this is why we kept the news under wraps until this moment.  (more info a bit further down in this email – full press release to reach you by tomorrow when the videolink will also be live on youtube.)


ARTIST: Friends of Johnny Clegg

LANGUAGE: English/Zulu

GENRE: Adult Contemporary

SONGWRITER: Johnny Clegg

PUBLISHING:  Rhythm Safari

ISRC CODE: ZAO861800373

PROCEEDS: Friends of Johnny Clegg Fund

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The Mzansi Youth Choir was established in July 2003 with the aim of affording talented, underprivileged teenagers and young adults (14-24 years) the opportunity to proficiently perform locally and abroad. Their vision is also to package, re-package and create new African Music. The choir consists of 60 choristers from Soweto and other areas in and around Johannesburg. The choir recently celebrated 15 years and are proud to have over 645 children pass through their hands. Many have gone onto be professionals in their own right.

The Mzansi Youth Choir is widely regarded as the best show choir in the country. Performance highlights include the One World Music Festival, M-Net Idols, Huisgenoot Skouspel, Starlight Classics, The Voice, The Presidential Inauguration, KKNK, The National Arts Festival, The South African Music Awards, as well as performances with the Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and Celtic Women.

International highlights include performances in Canada (Canadian National Exhibition and Stratford Summer Music Festival), Denmark (AAVF, Europe’s largest contemporary vocal festival), England (Celtic Festival, Guildhall), Turkey, Scotland (Commonwealth Games, Mandela Day Celebrations) and Russia (Cultural exchange – Russian and South African governments).

Kicking off the season of treasures’ entertainment lineup at The Boardwalk on 1 December 2018 is a one night only concert featuring international 80s and 90s’ singing sensations, Sybil and Judy Boucher. Performing under African skies on the Festival Lawns, they will be supported by homegrown talent including DJ Eazy E, Chapter THREE and Melissa Allison. Cape Town’s maestro Camillo Lombard and band back off of the acts. The event will commence at 16h00 and will run for six hours. Tickets are on sale at Computicket, with Golden Circle tickets priced at R450 and General Standing priced at R250.

“The Boardwalk is thrilled to partner with Marmalade Productions to bring these internationally acclaimed divas to Port Elizabeth during the season of treasures. This is just the start of a jam packed summer entertainment schedule,” says The Boardwalk’s Nqobile Majozi.

Sybil achieved wide acclaim for her cover versions of Dionne Warwick’s hits “Don’t Make Me Over” and “Walk on by”, which were released in 1989 and 1990, respectively. The former became Sybil’s biggest hit in the USA, peaking at No.20, and was a No.1 hit in New Zealand. “Walk on by” is still, to date, the highest charting position for this Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic in the UK, peaking at #6. Sybil’s second self-titled album became her biggest-selling album in the USA.

Boucher has had international success with many of her songs including her No.1 hit, “Dreaming of a little island” and “Tears on my pillow”, “Can’t be with you tonight”, “You caught my eye” and “My heart is yearning”. She is best known for her international hit single “Can’t be with you yonight”, which reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart in April 1987. Her Belgian tour remains one of the highlights of her career. At an appearance at one stadium, there were 40,000 people with lighted candles chanting “Judy Boucher” as she sang. A surprise call also came from South Africa informing her of being a massive hit there. She is a regular visitor to South African shores and her songs resonate with so many people and have become part of Cape culture.

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South Africa – currently the top pageant country in the world – is looking for the magic double at Miss Universe as Tamaryn Green reveals two of her pageant outfits

Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green revealed two of her pageant outfits today – including her breath-taking official national costume which pays homage to the Blue Crane – as she prepares to compete in the Miss Universe competition.

Miss Universe 2018 takes place on Monday, December 17, in Bangkok in Thailand and South Africans are hoping for a consecutive win as reigning Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa will crown her successor at the end of the event.

Miss Universe is known for only one “double win” in its history – Venezuela’s Dayana Mendoza and Stefanía Fernández took the crown consecutively in 2008 and 2009.

Suzette van der Merwe, on behalf of the Miss South Africa Organisation, announced that South Africa is currently the top pageant country in the world based on wins and finalists in the Top 10.

The 67th edition of the pageant features contestants from 95 countries, surpassing the previous record of 92 contestants in 2017, and is watched by millions of people around the globe.

Twenty-four-year-old Green, from Paarl in the Western Cape, was crowned Miss South Africa 2018 in May this year. At the time of winning the title, she was a sixth and final year medical student at the University of Cape Town with her sights set on specialising in paediatrics once she qualifies.

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Family, the sun and a decent curry is what artist, Qwade Dunn – who is currently conquering the overseas market and living abroad – is most looking forward to when he returns to SA shores this November for a short trip to promote his new single, Girlfriend, which was released to radio earlier this month.

I have been back and forth for the past two years between London, Berlin and South Africa and I love that music gets to bring me back home,” says Qwade.

The new single has already started playing on the airwaves around the country.  With its playful interpretation of lust, the track – written by Dunn, Jazz Purple and ManCub (who recently collaborated with Ray J and Rich the Kid) – is a feel-good pop song that fuses Dunn’s signature South African sound with international flair.  As temperatures rise, the talented Qwade Dunn is making a strong case for ‘song of the summer’. While Dunn often writes his own material, he is an advocate for the power of collaboration. “I’m all for collaborating with songwriters and producers,” he says. “I think too many artists make the mistake of keeping things too close to their chest, when really, the magic comes from having several people with different perspectives working towards the same goal.”

In terms of his musical career this ambitious artist – who describes himself as 90% business – believes that he has hardly scratched the surface of what can be achieved. “You’ve got to set unobtainable goals and keep working” – wise words from a kid who started out as a DJ at school events and now not only runs his own successful company, but who also writes and produces his own music.  With plans that include conquering Africa one country at a time – both as an artist and an entrepreneur – it is clear that Qwade Dunn means business.

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Summer is here and 5FM have you covered with their We’ve Got Summer campaign which kicks off this week. The radio station which has been synonymous with some of the best parties in the country return this Summer with various events around South Africa as we get the festive season into gear.

Through several partnered events, you will find 5FM and their popular DJs at events in the major cities. The party season kicks off with Capsule Fest, powered by 5FM onSaturday, 24 November. This year’s event headliner is Californian rapper Vince Staples who will be supported by South African acts that include the likes of A.K.A, Riky Rick, Babes Wodumo, Shane Eagle  and DJ Speedsta. The street culture festival promises to deliver elements of urban culture from art to music and street wear enthusiasts. The event kicks off at 2pm and Nicole da Silvawill broadcast her show The Weekend Playdatefrom the event in Zone 6in Soweto from 14:00 – 17:00. Tickets to the event are R200 for General Access and R400 for VIP and available at Computicket.

The Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100takes place on Sunday, 2 Decemberat FNB Stadium and 5FM are one of the SABC radio stations supporting the event as official media partners. The event has, since 2012, assisted with various Global Goals raising both awareness and funds for interventions ranging from alleviating poverty to education. 5FM have hosted competitions giving away tickets to its listeners including a school initiative where they asked high school students to show off their community work in order to win tickets for their school. 5FM will provide live links from the event, which includes international performers Beyonce, Jay Z, Ed Sheeran, Usher and more.  Continue reading

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