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Grade Nines preparing to enter their final phase of schooling next year will in coming months be expected to select the subjects that will see them through to matric. But that decision is too important to shelve away until the time comes, an expert says, and it should already be top of mind for learners who want to give themselves the best chance for success in Grade 12 and beyond.

“Towards the end of the year, Grade 9-learners will be given the opportunity to select which subjects they will take in their last three years of school and be tested on during the National Senior Certificate Exams in 2019,” notes Nola Payne, Head of Faculty: Information and Communications Technology at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest and most accredited private higher education institution.

“It is an exceptionally hard choice to make, and many factors need to be taken into consideration,” says Payne, adding that these choices will have a profound impact on the qualifications to which learners will have access and, as a result, the careers they will be able to follow. Continue reading

Exhibiting 15 years of Indigo Skateboard Initiatives

(Cape Town,  April 2016) Indigo Skate Camp, one of the leading social change movements in South Africa will be hosting the ‘Indigo Skate Gala’, a photographic exhibit and mixed mediums art show displaying 15 years of the Indigo Youth Movement.

The unique event will be hosted on 22 April 2016 at Cape Town High School and promises to be a must-attend event. The auction will feature a variety of contemporary and abstract art pieces and will include framed prints by photographer Craig Scott and sculptures from artist Paul Edmunds as well as a host of bespoke skateboarding memorabilia.

All artwork will be set up around the periphery of a perfectly skateable 15ft Olympic pool and will see some of SA’s biggest skateboarders including:  Jan Horrowitz, Moses Adams, Joubert Van Staden, Chris Cab as well as the junior team of Zulu skaters from Indigo Skate Camp in KZN in action in a unique skating contest. All proceeds from prints and auctioned items will go towards the NGO’s mandate of making skateboarding and facilities accessible to at risk youths in South Africa. Continue reading

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Connie Chiume, who plays Mamokete Khuse in Rhythm City, will be leaving the soapie in April.  Rhythm City viewers will see her for the last time on Wednesday, 20 April.

She has been with the show since its inception on 09 July 2007. Her character, a strong maternal figure, is loved by many viewers and her fellow cast members. Viewers can expect dramatic and thrilling final scenes from this veteran actress.

Connie will still be focusing on her love for acting, and her long time passion for farming. “This departure will allow me to pick up on things that were left undone. I am grateful for the time and experience with Rhythm City and e.tv. I believe I was born to be an actress, it’s in my blood. Parting is such sweet sorrow, and I will miss my Rhythm City family.” Says Connie Chiume Continue reading

It is our pleasure to announce that the next McGregor Poetry Festival will take place from the 26 to 28th of August 2016.

Poets (International and local, published and unpublished) who would like to be considered for participation are invited to submit a proposal for our consideration. We are particularly looking for presentations that are original and creative to enhance our programme and entertain our audiences.

Guidelines for submissions: Continue reading

Johnnie Walker’s recently announced global iconic JoyWalker, Lira put on a show stopping performance at The Lyric Theatre when launching her new album Born Free.

The multi-platinum selling artist was launching her new album ‘Born free’ in partnership with the brand Johnnie Walker. Lira has won eleven coveted SAMAs and says the role joy has played in building her success has been significant since she first bravely walked away from a safe career in accountancy towards her passion for music. Lira continues to shine and now relishes the partnership with Johnnie Walker to push South Africans to consider where joy might take them should they embrace a different frame of mind.

The launch saw local celebrities such as Sello Maake ka Ncube, Kenneth Nkosi, Kabelo Moalusi and Mutodi Neshehe and other well know faces attend.

Cell C launches its annual Girl Child campaign with the addition of three powerful ambassadors.

12 April 2015 – Thursday 26 May 2016 heralds the 14th anniversary of the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Programme. This movement and its potential outcomes continue to grow in stature and strength and this year’s Miss South Africa, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene has been appointed the campaign’s official ambassador.

Many girl children are born into environments where their family members don’t work in corporates, are neither in charge of their own businesses nor work in professions such as medicine or law. This makes it difficult for them to gain work experience or receive positive advice about their future which, in the long run, will have an impact on their confidence, self-belief and ambitions. Continue reading

Stokvel groups around the country were invited to enter the 2016 Stokvel Cooking Challenge, sponsored by White Star Super Maize Meal and Royco® in partnership with Move! Magazine, to show off their creative culinary skills and win a share of the R50 000 cash prize. Stokvels responded overwhelmingly to the call, submitting recipes, their photographs and motivation as to why they should be considered to take part in the cook-off. Now, the top three in four regions have been selected to take part in the semi-final round.

On the 23rd of April the Love Thy Neighbour Women’s Club, Unity Society Group and the Siyathemba Stokvel will be competing in the Gauteng semi-final cook-off at the Elangeni Powertrade Cash & Carry in Daveyton. The contestants will need to impress the star judges – singer, actress and White Star celebrity chef, Lucia Mthiyane, and MasterChef SA 2014 runner-up, Siphokazi Mdlankomo. Continue reading

e.tv brings more authentic local entertainment to South Africans with the launch of a brand new action drama series. The Alliance premieres on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 at 9:30PM.

The Alliance is a fast-paced drama series consisting of eight episodes. It depicts the life of a popular kingpin, Bra Jay also known as the Reserve Bank Governor of Soweto. Bra Jay has a thirst for power and rules those around him with an iron fist. The action drama puts issues such as organised crime, blood diamond, drug cartels, money laundering and the damning consequences on the spotlight.

“We are delighted to add another local action drama to our schedule. Viewers who enjoyed our action dramas, Z’bondiwe and Heist, now have another fascinating drama to add on their list of favourites,” said Marlon Davids, Acting MD, e.tv Channels. Continue reading

25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION AIRS MONDAY 11 APRIL AT 20:30 CAT ON MTV

Johannesburg/Lagos, 10 April 2016: South African actress Charlize Theron wonBest Female Performancefor her role inMad Max: Fury Roadwhile “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” took home the trophy for “Movie of the Year” at the 25th anniversary edition of the “MTV Movie Awards.

Held Saturday night outdoors for the first time ever on the Warner Bros. Studios backlot in Burbank, California, more than 2,000 screaming fans and Hollywood’s hottest turned out to see hosts Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, performers Ariana Grande and Halsey, and many, many more take the stage to honour the year’s fan-favourite films and stars.  Continue reading

Pic: 5seasons.co.za

Pic: 5seasons.co.za

Three decades on and South Africa’s ‘My Cousin’, Barry Hilton, continues to send worldwide audiences on an instant vacation where unmatchable, hilarious and extremely animated anecdotes are the order of the day. An originally unique and warm-hearted good guy who strives for success and never gives up, Barry has become a household headline name over the last 30 years. There is no slowing him down.

In May and July 2016, Barry will be taking his insanely, funny new show, Evolver, to theatres in South Africa and abroad. Sun International’s Wild Coast Sun host him on 12 May and he appears at the state-of-the-art Clapham Grand in London in July. Sun International’s Wild Coast Sun is special for Barry as this is the venue that launched Barry’s career 30 years ago. He performed there originally in a show called It’s a Scandal. While the audience will be roaring for laughter and asking for more, this show will be a poignant and nostalgic performance for Barry. Continue reading

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