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Talent seems to be the biggest indicator of success in most fields, but talent alone is not enough. Take Amber Fieldgate for example, the aspiring South African singer has it all – the looks, character and a voice to match – but without hard work and the right opportunities, talent is easily squandered.
Amber learnt this lesson at a very young age, not only taking the time to perfect her talent, but actively chasing her dreams. Using South Africa as a training ground to develop her skills, she’s held a lifelong dream of becoming an internationally acclaimed singer, and will be taking her first step towards realising this dream in June.
Scouted by international talent scout,Kim Myers, the rising star has been selected to represent South Africa at the Applause Rising Talent Showcase (ARTS) in Orlando, Florida. Here, she will get to rub shoulders with top industry experts and scouts from all around the world.

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Johannesburg, 9 May 2016: Expect jokes aplenty as Lip Sync Battle Africa enters its fifth week with a LOL comedy duel between homegrown stand-up heavyweights Joey Rasdien and Loyiso Gola (MTV, DStv channel 130, 20:50 CAT, 12 May 2016).

Using their comic know-how and commanding stage presence to the max, the two comedians blend epic lip synching skills with one-liners, over-the-top comedic disses and previously undreamed-of dancing skills as they hustle to impress the packed studio audience.

Hosted by Pearl Thusi with colourful commentary from ‘koko master’ and Afrobeat star, D’Banj, Lip Sync Battle Africa has previously witnessed epic battles between Cassper Nyovest vs Boity Thulo, Thando Thabethe vs Lerato Kganyago, Jason Goliath/Tol A$$ Mo vs Celeste Ntuli/Nina Hastie and Flavour vs Maps Maponyane. Continue reading

This from mashable.com:

Before he even reached the age requirement to make a Facebook account, a 10-year-old found a major flaw in Instagram, earning him a cool $10,000 from Facebook.

Jani (his parents withheld his last name), figured out a way to get into Instagram’s servers and delete text posted by Instagram users, Finnish news site Iltalehti reported.

Jani was rewarded $10,000 by Facebook as part of its bug bounty program, which offers cash rewards to people who find bugs and flaws in Facebook’s digital infrastructure. That includes the Facebook-owned Instagram.

Full story here:

http://mashable.com/2016/05/03/facebook-instagram-hack/#YKDWNy3xuGq3

In a bold step forward, KFC today launched a satisfaction promise to its customers, called Taste Guarantee, in all of it’s over 800 restaurants across South Africa.

“KFC is  committed to serving great tasting Original Recipe® chicken, prepared exactly the same way the Colonel did so many years ago – the hard way,” says Doug Smart, Managing Director KFC Africa. “To reinforce our commitment to doing things exactly right, Taste Guarantee promises customers will be fully satisfied with their meal or the restaurant will gladly replace it, because every meal at KFC should be Finger Lickin’ Good!”

The KFC Taste Guarantee journey includes several steps to make sure customers enjoy that delicious KFC taste, every time. Continue reading

This from thoughtleader.co.za:

As a little boy, I witnessed my first live sports encounter from the veranda of our humble home in Sada (Hewu). Across the road, and a further 50 or so metres from there, was the rugby field that was home to the Wallabies Rugby Club. The field was hard – pure ground – without a blade of grass. The field was marked using a spade – you just hit the ground hard enough to break the soil – and you do that for all the lines applicable to rugby field configurations. Yes, the field was that hard, and NO, the lines were not straight. But a game of rugby was played.

The home team (Wallabies) wore black and white stripes for their jerseys. The shorts were black. The socks were a medley of combinations. If you were good enough, you were old enough. I saw some lighties play as I did men who would have passed as my father. The crowd that gathered occupied old car tyres or upside-down buckets as seats, otherwise they simply stood along as the game played itself out. The poles held their H-formation, but barely. They slanted precariously and the crossbar could have given way at any time. There was no padding against them and any hard contact with the poles would have caused injury of serious proportions. Not only that, the poles would have to be reconstructed and that would have delayed the game. To boot, there was no medic pitch-side.

This was a social scene. The community came out in numbers and the Wallabies had support.

This game was played over 25 years ago. It was the only game I ever witnessed on this field. Now, the field plays host to a corrugated iron church. If not a church, then homes made of the same substance or mud. Weeds have taken over where there is no immovable property and the Wallabies have long been defunct. Simply, there is no physical memory of the field or the team.

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http://thoughtleader.co.za/songezomabece/2016/05/05/the-real-sports-transformation-project-lies-not-at-national-level/#.Vys4byrZbSM.twitter

unnamedPrime Circle are releasing a deluxe edition of their acclaimed 2014 album Let the Night In, to coincide with their European tour that includes festival appearances alongside Iron Maiden, Garbage, Slayer and Iggy Pop.

Let the Night In – Deluxe Edition is the band’s first official European release, and will go on sale globally on Friday, 13 May 2016 ahead of their multi-date tour of Germany and Austria.

It features the 13 tracks from the two-time South African Music Award-winning album Let the Night In, including the singles Gone and Doors, as well as four new original songs and a live, unplugged version of the title track, Let the Night In.

The first single, Ghosts, will be released on radio on 06 May 2016, accompanied by a “haunting” music video that marks the co-directorial debut of Prime Circle frontman Ross Learmonth. Continue reading

Weekdays at 7:30PM on e.tv and eHD on OpenView HD (Channel 104) and DStv (Channel 194). 

Thembeka is adamant that she is innocent in the case of the murder of Vuyo Mabutya (Zizi Penteni) and will do anything to prove it. Themebeka’s trickery to deceive all those around her has always been her greatest asset and she has always managed to stay on the right side of the law because of it. The evidence keeps piling up against her though, and she is arrested by Lerumo at NFH in front of her husband, Quinton and all her colleagues.

Thembeka’s lawyer, Arrod, is confident that they will win the case, but the state has a secret weapon up their sleeve in the form of Audrey. Audrey’s evidence is substantial and could be the downfall of Thembeka.

Will Thembeka be found guilty? Find out on Scandal! every weekday at 7:30PM on e.tv and eHD on OpenView HD (Channel 104) and DStv (Channel 194). 

Ambassadors Dolly Mokgatle, Basetsana Kumalo and Leanne Manas explain why the initiative has changes the lives of thousands and why they are serving this year as mentors.

The Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® campaign will take place around the country on Thursday, 26 May. The campaign this year has appointed three of the country’s foremost leaders in business and media – Basetsana Kumalo, Dolly Mokgatle and Leanne Manas – as ambassadors and mentors.

Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® (TAGCTWD) is targeted at Grade 10 to 12 South African girl learners and gives them the opportunity to visit a place of work and to experience the various career opportunities available to them. Thousands of young people will take part this year with hundreds of companies around the country opening their doors to them. Continue reading

Two-time SA Schools scrumhalf and Garsfontein High School pupil Embrose Papier on Tuesday joined the Junior Springbok training squad in Stellenbosch as the side prepares for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester from 7 to 25 June.

Papier, who was a member of the SA Schools squad that featured in the International Under-18 Series in 2015 and 2014 and played for the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the provincial Under-19 competition last season, will be in contention for selection with other scrumhalves Marco Jansen van Vuren and James Hall, who is currently playing Vodacom Super Rugby for the Southern Kings. Continue reading

The award-winning Thami aka Mongo directs the isiXhosa production of Amathaf’Entandabuzo, based on the book by Fikiswa P Magqashela, presented by the Baxter Theatre Centre, for a short season from 4 to 14 May.

Performed in isiXhosa with English surtitles Amathaf’Entandabuzo is loosely translated into Valley of Doubt, beautifully written, while dealing with complex universal themes of love. Amathafa means fields or valleys – a metaphor for love – and just like nature, there is nothing simple about it and we rarely ever know where it will lead to. Love has the ability to take one to heights of ecstasy or leave one in a state of despair, as it tries to find a way out of a valley of doubts. The story is layered with the intricacies of love and life, charged with passion and intrigue – betrayal, abuse and violence collide in a world where love is tested and proves its resilience. Continue reading

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