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Asanda Mqiki is one of SA’s most breathtaking young vocal artists, and this Sunday 20th March, will perform on a prestigious international stage.  Selected to perform on the Main Stage of the inaugural online Lovebusk Festival alongside a handpicked group of top artists from countries including Australia, Argentina and Singapore, Asanda will be sharing her music with listeners and viewers who will be tuning in from across the globe to watch her live stream from the roof of the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town.

Kicking off at 8am SA time, LoveBusk is billed as a low-fi net festival with a big heart, and Asanda joins the impressive lineup of musicians and inspiring speakers such as Kevin Johansen (Argentina), Ash Grunwald (Australia) and Emmanuel Jal (South Sudan) who will busk live from wherever they are in the world – their home, studio, on tour, anywhere with an internet connection. As with real life buskers, the audience will tip but the tips earned by the artists in fact go to their particular chosen charity or cause, and the festival’s “for purpose” project – building a home for and with abandoned children in Uganda.    Continue reading

The waiting is over: superstar rapper Nicki Minaj touches down today, (Wednesday 16th March) for the South African leg of her Pinkprint Tour, which will set Johannesburg’s Ticketpro Dome ablaze this Thursday andFriday before blowing away Durban and Cape Town.

Tickets are selling out fast and fans of the Anaconda hitmaker will have to rush to secure their seats for one of the most spectacular live events to hit South African stages this year, says David Airey, of tour promoters Airey Scott Entertainment.

“This is quickly shaping up to be the show of the year – judging by the response to Nicki’s international dates so far, it’s going to be phenomenal. Fans are strongly urged to go and snap up the few remaining tickets before it’s too late,” Airey adds. Continue reading

Restaurant Mosaic, one of South Africa’s top dining destinations, has been voted by The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy to be included as one of the top restaurants in The Diners Club® 50 Best Discovery Series.
The Discovery Series highlights the next generation of dining destinations. So while the restaurants voted for are not (yet) featured on the 50 Best lists themselves, they have been recommended by the Diners Club’s panel of almost 1 000 independent experts from across the globe as ones to watch!

The Discovery Series list features 50 establishments from eight identified regions – Latin America and Caribbean, Western Europe, Scandinavia and North East Europe, Middle East and Africa, USA Mid and Canada; USA East and West, Australasia and South East Asia and finally Asia itself.
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Programme:           Lip Sync Battle USA
Channel:                 MTV (DStv channel 130)
Date:                       Monday 07 March
Episode:                 7
Contestants:          Gabriel Iglesias vs Randy Couture
Time:                       21:35
Stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias takes on former UFC FighterRandy Couture in the latest edition of Lip Sync Battle.

While funnyman Gabriel – known as ‘Fluffy’ – gets the crowds going with his rendition of “I Wanna Sex You Up” by Color Me Badd, muscleman Randy takes on Olivia Newton-John’s“Physical” while barely breaking a sweat in his 80s workout gear.

(South Africa, March 2016) Absa will once again be recognising and rewarding teamwork and perseverance at the 2016 Absa Cape Epic with the #ConquerAsOne campaign. At each stage of the race, an extraordinary #ConquerAsOne moment will be identified and recognised, where a team showed immense human spirit to overcome their own personal challenges to conquer that stage together.

During this year’s race, a panel of judges will select one #ConquerAsOne moment on each day of the race. The winning pair will be announced in the Absa Pride Hospitality area where they will receive a unique #ConquerAsOne jersey to wear proudly during the next day’s stage. At the end of the week, the judges will then select the overall #ConquerAsOne moment,  with the winning team walking away with an Absa Pride entry for the 2017 Absa Cape Epic. Continue reading

Profoundly Normal

True Movies 1
(DStv Channel 138)
Monday March 21 at 20h45
In this true story, Donna (Kirstie Alley) is a developmentally disabled woman growing up in Forest Haven, an institution for challenged individuals. She falls for fellow resident Ricardo (Delroy Lindo) and fights to remain strong amid the abusive staff. As the couple grow older, they must adjust to life outside the institution and learn basic life skills. But Donna and Ricardo face the biggest obstacles of their lives when they decide to start a family together.

Safe Harbor

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Johannesburg, 14 March 2016: MTV’s hit reality series Geordie Shore has spawned Celebrity Big Brother winners, generated 11-million Twitter followers for its cast members and put Newcastle firmly on the tourist map- and, from 22 March 2016, the Geordies are back on our screens to tear up the ‘toon” once again.

Back for an incredible twelfth season, Geordie Shore, the wildly entertaining spin-off of Jersey Shore, sees the infamous Geordies make a heroic return to their home town after their big Greek adventure in Season 11. Continue reading

SA Rugby confirmed on Friday that they hoped to announce the identity of the new Springbok coach following the Annual General Meeting at the start of next month.

Oregan Hoskins, president of SA Rugby, confirmed that a preferred candidate had been identified and that the recommendation would now be considered by the General Council.

“The High Performance committee examined a list of potential coaches and identified their preferred candidate against a set of pre-determined criteria,” said Mr Hoskins.

“In broad terms we were looking for someone with a proven track record at an elite level; someone who would embrace the objectives of our Strategic Transformation Plan and someone who would understand the public demands of the job and what that entails.

“The Executive Council accepted the High Performance committee’s recommendation some time ago and the preferred candidate’s name will now be set before the General Council.”

Mr Hoskins said that the preferred candidate would not be in attendance of the Council meeting as his appointment would be dependent on their decision.

The AGM takes place on 1 April at the Southern Sun Hotel in Newlands, Cape Town. The meeting starts at 11am.

(March 2016) This Sunday sees the start of the Absa Cape Epic (ACE), one of the most grueling mountain biking events in the world, with riders competing over eight arduous stages from 13-20 March.

Despite the ACE totaling a distance of 651km and involving15 100m of climbing, for Absa it is more than just a race.

Some of the bank’s staff, including  Arrie Rautenbach, Chief Risk Officer for Barclays Africa, and clients will sponsor and mentor young riders from the Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy (DMA). One of these clients is Nigel Payne, Chairman of the Mr Price Group and a board member at a number of other leading institutions. Continue reading

LONDON, March 11, 2016 – Leading charities Laureus Sport for Good and Comic Relief have once again teamed up to work together to continue improving the lives of disadvantaged children in Africa.

Comic Relief, which already supports projects with Laureus Sport for Good in both Africa and Latin America, has committed more than £400,000 to two new grants – one with the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) in Kenya and one with Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy in South Africa.

MYSA uses the power of sport, principally football, as a means to provide opportunities for young people in the area. The funds will provide young people with opportunities to develop skills to tackle problems that arise in their daily lives, gain work experience, career guidance and access to education. At the same time, the grant will assist the project with awareness around HIV/AIDS and hygiene and sanitation in the slums of Nairobi. Continue reading

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