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Fun for the whole family

(South Africa – May 2016) The 2016 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival takes place from 1 to 10 July 2016 and promises fun and exciting activities for the whole family. Besides the delicious oysters and many other seafood delights on offer, there’s a diverse programme of more than 100 events, with something for every age and interest.

To whet your appetite, here’s a look at just some of what’s lined up:

Sporting events for adults

  • On Saturday, 2 and Sunday, 3 July Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour presented by Rotary
  • On Thursday, 7 July Momentum Health OatWell DualX powered by Peptopro

Sporting events for children

  • Sunday, 3 July Spur Rotary Knysna Children’s Cycle Tour –  for children aged two to 9
  • Saturday, 2 July The Casper Kids Adventure Run and from 1 – 10 July Dare 2 Dash Challenge for kids – for children aged six to eight

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“The Return of Tevin Campbell”

Cape Town – GrandWest – 22 July 2016
Johannesburg – Carnival City – 23 & 24 July 2016

Marmalade Productions are proud to bring Tevin Campbell back to South Africa after sold out performances in 2013.

Tevin Campbell was born in Dallas, Texas on November 12, 1976. At the age of 12, he became one of the youngest solo artists to ever be signed to a major record label. Quincy Jones took a special interest in Tevin’s talent and he appeared on Jones’ LP Back on the Block and was featured on “Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me),” which hit number one on the R&B charts in June 1990. Later that year, he appeared in Prince’s Graffiti Bridge film singing “Round and Round,” which Prince wrote for him and which became a gold single.

Tevin Campbell by Divos konsert  foto Peter Abrahams

Tevin Campbell by Divos konsert foto Peter Abrahams

Next, in the summer of 1991, he appeared on the soundtrack to Boyz in the Hood singing “Just Ask Me To,” a Top Ten R&B hit. All of this set the stage for his debut album, 1991’s T.E.V.I.N., which went platinum and spawned two R&B chart-toppers, “Tell Me What You Want Me to Do” and “Alone with You,” as well as the R&B Top Five hit “Goodbye.” I’m Ready, released two years later, did even better, going double platinum and featuring three R&B chart hits — the number one “Can We Talk,” “I’m Ready,” which went Top Five, and “Always in My Heart,” which reached the Top Ten. Campbell’s compilation album “The Best of Campbell” was a huge international success, reaching multi-platinum status in Africa, Japan and the UK. Campbell has worked with some of the industry’s top writers and producers including Prince, Babyface, Al B. Sure, Narada Michael Walden, Wyclef and Sean “Diddy” Combs. Continue reading

Allister Coetzee has named a new-look Springbok squad, including nine uncapped players, for the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland, featuring three Tests in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.

The uncapped players who have forced their way into the Springbok squad are Garth April (flyhalf), Ruan Combrinck (wing), Faf de Klerk (scrumhalf), Nic Groom (scrumhalf), Steven Kitshoff (prop), Jaco Kriel (flank), Bongi Mbonambi (hooker), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (flank) and Scarra Ntubeni (hooker).

Coetzee picked 17 forwards and 14 backs to report for duty on Sunday afternoon for the start of a two week-long preparation camp in Stellenbosch and Cape Town. The squad will gather in Stellenbosch for the first week, before they break for two days and then reassemble on Sunday 5 June in Cape Town.

Coetzee said he was excited and looking forward to start working with his squad.

“The announcement of the squad, while hugely challenging, is a highlight of my career and a result of a lot of hard work and a huge amount of planning since my appointment,” said Coetzee.

“The selection of this squad was based on rewarding form and exposing young and upcoming local players to the Springboks, which is why priority was given to locally based players. We have many experienced players still available for selection, but we just felt that the time was right to look at the next generation. Continue reading

Savour the good life!

It’s that time of the year again when the country’s most-loved holiday festival returns to the
Garden Route. The annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, which this year runs from 1 – 10 July, will again have a jam-packed programme with activities designed to keep absolutely everyone entertained, relaxed and exceptionally well-fed!

One of the biggest Festival highlights is the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster festival Comedy Shuckle set to take place at the Festival Pavilion on Thursday, 7 July.

This hugely popular evening of fun, food and laughter will be hosted by two of South Africa’s favourite comedians, Schalk Bezuidenhout and Kagiso Mokgadi – both of whom are well known for having their audiences in stitches.
As always oysters will take centre stage – prepared in every way possible. This is one night you can be assured a feast of this delicious delicacy. Look out for the Pick n Pay Oyster stand at the Festival Pavilion and enjoy! But make sure you don’t miss out and book your tickets early! Continue reading

Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu and Miss South Africa 2016 Ntandoyenkosi Kunene march with more than 100 schoolgirls
More than 100 schoolgirls joined forces today at the Union Buildings in Pretoria with Minister of Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu, and Miss South Africa 2016, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, to honour the historic 1956 Women’s March as part of Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day.
At least 50 000 schoolgirls across South Africa were hosted today in offices and places of work as part of the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® campaign.
In celebration of the Cell C initiative’s 14th birthday a record number of partners – a whopping 650, up from 520 in 2015 – volunteered to host schoolgirls from grade 10 to 12 this year.

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There are only two words to describe the feeling of drinking an ice cold, crisp lemon and lime Sprite – ultimate refreshment, and for the next few months, Sprite will be taking the show on the road where they will literally be refreshing South Africa with never seen before misting umbrellas. As part of the activation, the youth also have an opportunity to explore self-expression through its latest brainchild ‘15 Seconds of Refreshing Truth’.

From mid-April until the end of May 2016, Sprite will be visiting various universities and hot spots around the country, engaging with their fans through an exciting nationwide roadshow.

As part of the campaign, Sprite made another pit stop at Nelspruit’s TUT campus on Tuesday 24th May 2016. Students had the opportunity to share their refreshing truth with the Sprite team, students also had the opportunity to shoot their refreshing truth videos with the assistance of the Sprite Team to share on their social media. Continue reading

Party the night away with 29 of the top South African musical acts

The 22nd South African Music Awards (SAMAs) – which take place in Durban for the first time on Saturday, June 4 – will have a Public Viewing Area where fans will get to experience all the excitement of the country’s biggest and best music award show and be part of the experience.

Watch the SAMAs live on big screens and enjoy electrifying performances by Loki Rothman, Jabu Hlongwane, AKA, Da L.E.S, Nasty C, Emtee, Fifi Cooper, Nathi, DJ Ganyani, DJ Merlon, Revolution, Prince Kaybee, Dream Team Dbn, Big Nuz, Thee Legacy, Raheem Kemet, Lakota Silva , Nakhane Toure, 24 Skies, Thokozani Langa, Khuzani, Saarkies, The Fraternity, Andriette, Pierre Rossouw, iFani, DJ Fortee, DJ Sliqe and Mobi Dixon.

The action takes place on Walnut Rd, between the Durban ICC where the SAMAs will be hosted and the Durban Expo Centre. Gates open at 16h00 and The event runs until 02h00!  Continue reading

Venue: Joubert-Tradauw Vineyards, Barrydale, Route 62.

Albert Frost, Majozi, Nomadic Orchestra, Manouche, Slow Jack, Hatchetman, DJ Dirtroad.

Every year the Joubert-Tradauw Vineyards open their farm in true Klein Karoo hospitality style and welcome visitors from all over to join them for a fun-filled weekend of good live music, food and wine.  The organizers, Red Hot Events, bring you an array of popular SA musicians throughout the weekend, including the blues rock phenomenon Albert Frost; the enigmatic Majozi who`s hit single “The River” played on major radio stations including 5fm and KFM and SA`s favorite instrumental dance band Nomadic Orchestra. Add to that the stylish gypsy jazz sounds of Manouche, the raw melodic rock of the much talked about newcomers Slow Jack andHatchetman, three men who wrap their remarkable blend of three-part harmony around an intoxicating brew of original songs. Wrap it all up with the fabulous DJ Dirtroad`s “50’s,60’s,70’s,80’s, and some 90’s beats” – and the weekend promises to be the best party the Klein Karoo has ever seen. Continue reading

Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival

Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival

The ever-popular Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival will once again see the beautiful Garden Route town bursting at the seems as holiday-makers make their way there from 1 – 10 July 2016. This year, there’s an added activity to ensure revellers get their fill of what the town is most famous for!

Seafood Wednesday, set to take place 6 July, gives sea-food lovers another chance to indulge in all manner of sea food – oysters included – just in case you they need another one!

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Celebrity chef and TV personality Siba Mtongana continues to rock the culinary world. As is the case with her international TV show, ‘Siba’s Table’, her recently released cookbook, My Table, has become an instant hit.

My Table has taken South Africa by storm and has already made history as the best-selling cookbook ever to have been stocked by retail giant, Woolworths SA. Thus far it has sold over 33 percent more copies than any other cookbook Woolworths SA has ever carried.

The self-published book, produced by her company, The Siba Co, has about 120 “Sibalicious” recipes for food lovers to try out at home.
Commenting on the extraordinary demand for her cookbook, Siba says: “I’m humbled and grateful for the love and support I’ve received from my home, South Africa. This cookbook has been a long-held dream and putting it together was a labour of love that demanded lots of sacrifice, hard work, innovation, focus and determination. Writing the book was my favourite part of the process.”
Adds Siba: “What’s even more exciting is that many people told me that they were buying a cookbook for the very first time. I’m incredibly glad that I’ve introduced them to a new world of experimentation, flavour, friendship and fun. I couldn’t be happier!”

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