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Theatre ticket sales up from 2016

“Initial ticket sales suggest that the KKNK is healthy. This year we sold 6% more theatre tickets than last year and we are especially proud of the fact that ticket sales for the Uitkampteater more than doubled compared to last year’s first endeavour,” says Rhodé Snyman, chief executive of the KKNK, the annual arts, culture and music festival that wrapped up in Oudtshoorn last Saturday (15 April).

According to Snyman this year’s festival program contained a few unique experiences. At the Uitkampteater, the show Diep and Wentel, the Dutch adventure with mirrors, was well attended and the extension of this project to include children’s theatre at Arbeidsgenot turned many young festivalgoers into theatregoers. At the substantial street theatre programme in Baron van Reede Street, theatregoers could become artists, which attracted big audiences.

A project was also launched to educate new theatre critics. “Kritiek is aimed at the promotion and support of art journalism in South Africa. The purpose is to give individuals with an interest in art journalism the opportunity to acquire the skills of writing analytical and in-depth reviews,” Snyman says. Continue reading

19 April 2017: Did you know that 70% of South African’s are in debt? And with the announcement of South Africa’s new junk status, what then about the financial freedom of our children?

Poor financial decisions can have a long-lasting impact on individuals, their families and society. The causes of the recent financial crisis are complex, but the lack of financial literacy is certainly one of the aggravating factors leading to ill-informed decisions on home loans and credit purchases. Low levels of financial literacy have also been associated with a lower standard of living, decreased psychological and physical well-being and greater reliance on government support.

Financial education can make a difference, says Kathryn Main, Managing Director of Money Savvy Kids. “It can empower and equip young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to take charge of their lives and build a more secure future for themselves and their families. Supporting financial education can be viewed by the main public, private and civil stakeholders as a critical long-term investment in human capital.” Continue reading

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For all the amazing things you do mum, with lots of love.

Step 1: Keep the kids busy by teaching them a skill,

The Bonus; it will give mum free time away from the kids while they are in their master class sessions, featuring superstar Chef Dad.

Home Make Pancakes, for mum.

TOTAL TIME: Prep 15mins. Cook; 5mins/batch

MAKES: 4 Servings


  • 1.5cups Self-Rising Flour
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

A new study coming out of the United States has confirmed what companies involved in food and beverage packaging and recycling in South Africa have known for some time – despite the strides made in reducing the environmental impact of PET beverage bottles, the insensitive selection of other packaging elements such as labels and glues can dramatically reduce their recyclability.

“The big takeaway (from the study) is that the bottles are probably reaching the technical limit of what the light-weight bottle could handle, but at the same time, they could be better from a recycler’s point of view,” said Marcio Amazonas, one of three authors of the paper.

“For example, water bottle designers have lowered the weight of containers to 7.5 to 8.5 grams in some low-priced products but PET recycling can become contaminated by using the wrong label material or inks that bleed. Even the type of glue used can have an impact. Continue reading

Easter is around the corner and we all know the temptations of the holidays can be a real struggle. Try to get a few workouts in to set a healthy and active tone for the short break. When working out we look to perform better and reach our goals. “Nutrition plays an important role in fitness and performance, especially what you eat before and after a workout,” according to Ivana Buchannan, Programme Manager at Zone Fitness.

Fueling your fitness with the proper nutrition will help to maximize the benefits of all your hard work at the gym. After your workout, your body tries to rebuild its glycogen stores and repair and regrow muscle proteins. The primary goal of your post-workout meal is to supply your body with the right nutrients for adequate recovery and to maximize the benefits of your workout.

Protein, Carbs and Fat


Carbs = energy. When we eat them, they break down into glucose, enter our muscle cells, and give us fuel to exercise at our maximum capacity. Your body’s glycogen stores are used as fuel during exercise, and consuming carbs after your workout helps replenish them.

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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) presents renowned psychologist and conflict mediator Nomfundo Walaza on Tuesday 25 April.

Walaza’s lecture will look at the psychological impact of the TRC, as well as the psychological implications of the Rhodes Must Fall and Fees Must Fall Movements. In addition, Walaza probes what lessons are to be learnt from the TRC and, how these can influence university/national strategies so that discussions around reconciliation are cognisant of the fact that without redress, reconciliation is impossible. As UCT’s IRTC unfolds, how do we deal with the material realities of tuition fees, economic inequalities etc?  Continue reading

Loooong weekends are upon us, which are both a relaxing time away from the 9 to 5 and a potentially stressful time on the busy roads. To find the road-trip sweet spot and enjoy the drive, the king of the road has put together some useful travel tips to keep your wheels rolling on your breakaway.

The serious stuff (non-negotiable)
· Break your trip into shorter stretches. So, if you’re driving to Cape Town from Joeys, consider sleeping over in Beaufort West and enjoying some Karoo dining before heading out the following morning. There’s something to be said for the journey after all.
· Getting stuck on the side of the road or in the middle of traffic is a sure-fire way to spoil your fun before it’s even begun. So, make sure that your car is serviced, the tyres are checked, and that you have a spare under the homemade rusks and hiking boots in the back. Just in case…
· Traffic is bound to spike around this time, so prepare yourself mentally… Pump up the sing-along music when you drive into congestion, and keep calm. Road rage will put you and your family at increased risk, and simply isn’t worth the stress. So, hit the road with the right mind-set.
· Officers are on high alert during this time of the year! So, make sure that you adhere to all the rules of the road, that you have your driver’s and vehicle licence at hand, and that your car is roadworthy. Remember, your insurance cover is linked to conditions, and if these aren’t met your car won’t be covered. These conditions typically include meeting the roadworthy requirements and taking reasonable safety measures. Continue reading

13 April 2017: Johannesburg – Black owned and operated media company MSG Afrika Group, has announced the appointment of renowned radio practitioner Bob Mabena as their Group Head of Programming of their subsidiary MSG Broadcasting effective 01 May 2017.

In his new role at MSG Broadcasting, Mabena will oversee talent and content output in the four group stations namely; Limpopo’s Hottest Frequency; Capricorn FM, Gauteng based talk radio station, POWER 98.7 and soon to be launched Rhythm FM and Beat FM in the and Eastern Cape and Free State, respectively. Mabena will also support individual station managers in deriving commercial value for their clients.

His impressive radio management journey started in 1996 as a Programmes Manager at PRIMEDIA owned Highveld Stereo (94.7). In 1999, he joined Kaya FM as breakfast show host and Programmes Manager and later Station Manager. Mabena returned to the PRIMEDIA Group as Group Business Development Manager for two and half years. He later moved on to the SABC as Executive Manager: Commercial Radio responsible for METRO FM, 5FM and Good Hope FM. Continue reading


As the period of Lent comes to an end and the Easter weekend is upon us, it is my hope that residents have been fulfilled during this spiritual period signified by reflection, sacrifices and resurrection.

On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I wish to extend my warmest Easter wishes to all residents and visitors. May you have a happy, blessed time as you relax and spend time with your loved ones.

Many families will also be travelling into and out of the city and I appeal to all travellers to please be careful and safe on the roads. Remember to buckle up all passengers, be alert on the road, and take time to rest between long drives.

This time of the year is unfortunately always marred by a large number of deaths on our roads which are mostly avoidable and I appeal to all drivers: please do not drink and drive and be extra cautious on the roads this weekend. Your actions can cause the loss of innocent lives.

Our safety and security teams, including traffic officers, Metro Police, and Law Enforcement officers, will be out on the roads over this weekend to keep residents and our roads safe.

I also make a special appeal to all parents and communities to keep an eye on our young children over the holiday period. Please do not allow children to wander out of your sight as it is our duty to take care of and protect our young children.

Once again, I wish all residents and visitors a blessed and happy Easter.

Portugal’s ever-popular sugary fartura is the centrepiece of this year’s annual culinary showcase, the Lusito Land Festival which will take place on 26th April to 1st May 2017, at its new and improved venue at Cayman Road, Alewynspoort, Johannesburg South.

Farturas are Moorish-inspired pastries, and are as Portuguese as other timeless favourites: grilled piri piri chicken, chouriço, prego rolls, chicken livers, giblets and seafood, including prawns and calamari. All these will be available at six 300-seater restaurants, six pubs and street cafés at the festival – prepared as only the Portuguese can!

The farturas will be cooked by teachers, parents and volunteers of the Lusito School, the charitable beneficiary of the Lusito Land Festival. The Farturas are a Portuguese version of Mexican churros. They are long, tube-shaped with ridges, made with flour, eggs and salt. They are fried in vegetable oil and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. This delicacy has become a favourite at the Lusito Land Festival with on average 70 000 sold, using 3,000kg of flour, 3,000 litres of oil, 31,500 eggs, 62kg of salt, 1,375kg of sugar and 53kg of cinnamon. Continue reading

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