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Johannesburg, 1 August 2018 – MTV (DStv channel 130) today announced that global superstar Jennifer Lopez will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2018 MTV VMAs.  She is also set to perform live at this year’s show for the first time since 2001 and is nominated for two “VMAs” for her most recent single, “Dinero.” With a legacy that spawns over two decades, Lopez is one of the most iconic and influential multi-hyphenates across music, film, television, fashion, business and philanthropy.

Lopez joins a prestigious list of past Vanguard recipients that includes Michael Jackson, Madonna, Guns N’ Roses, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, BEYONCÉ, Kanye West, Rihanna and P!nk.

The “VMAs” will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday, 21 August 03:00 CAT and repeat the same night at 21:15 CAT across MTV’s global network of channels in more than 180 countries and territories, reaching more than half a billion households around the world.
Since her first album, “On the 6,” debuted in 1999, Lopez has transformed the global music scene, including selling over 80 million records worldwide, 40 million albums, 16 top 10 hit songs, and three #1 albums. In addition to her music, Lopez has made her mark in film and television. Her films have grossed over $2.9 billion worldwide, five of which opened at #1. Her portrayal of the Latin music sensation “Selena” earned her widespread acclaim. Lopez’ simultaneous release of her second studio album “J.Lo” and her romantic comedy “The Wedding Planner” paved the way for her to become the first woman to have a number one album and film in the same week.
Lopez’s production company Nuyorican Productions has produced numerous film and television projects, including the box office hit “Boy Next Door,” Freeform’s award-winning series “The Fosters,” and the NBC hit drama “Shades of Blue.”  In addition to starring in “Shades of Blue,” Lopez also serves as an executive producer and a judge on NBC’s hit dance competition show “World of Dance.”  Lopez will next be seen starring in and producing STX’s upcoming feature film “Second Act,” slated to release in November 2018, alongside Leah Remini, Milo Ventimiglia and Vanessa Hudgens.

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The African Philanthropy Forum (APF) is set to hold its Annual Conference at The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg on August 1 and 2, 2018.

Themed “Potential and Reality: Bridging the Gap”, this year’s Conference aims to create a platform for speakers and delegates to discuss tailored solutions to issues around health, population explosion, education, regional integration in Africa, climate change among others, and the role philanthropists can play in actualizing the Africa we all dream about. The Conference will also present opportunities to explore collaborations and partnerships for increased impact.

Over the 2-day period, a diverse group of visionary leaders from philanthropists, social investors, heads of foundations and corporate organizations to NBA stars and legends will gather to learn and share best practices that have been garnered over decades of industry experience in Africa and across the world.

Among those confirmed to participate include; H.E Thabo Mbeki, Founder Thabo Mbeki Foundation and Former President, the Republic of South Africa, Dr Judy Dlamini, Executive Chairperson, Mbekani Group, Yvone Chaka Chaka, Founder, Princess of Africa Foundation, Donne Nicole, CEO, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, Senior Economic Advisor, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative, renowned activist and Founder of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement, Phuti Mahanyele, Executive Chairperson, Sigma Capital, Nyokabi Kenyatta, Director, Kenyatta Trust, Graça Machel, Founder, Graça Machel Trust, Dikembe Mutombo, former NBA star and Founder, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation.

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Year-on-year there has been a 12% increase in customers opting for paperless invoicing which is saving the City some R2,1 million per year alone on postage, printing and paper costs. It is hoped that the number of paperless invoices will increase rapidly over the next few years as it holds an environmental benefit and ensures that the delivery of invoices is not disrupted by events such as strikes which often affect the delivery of mail. Read more below:

Of the 972 200 invoices that the City of Cape Town issues every month, some 23% or 223 794 invoices are sent out via email. All customers with cell numbers also receive an SMS for the amount billed and due after every month’s billing period.

The City’s drive to go paperless reduces costs, improves efficiency for its customers and decreases reliance on the South African Post Office, especially when strikes occur.

The emailing of invoices has grown by 12% from 198 559 in June 2017 to 223 794 in June 2018.

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Aidan Maddocks (14), from Pietermaritzburg, was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia at birth, a childhood liver disease that only affects 1 in 10,000–15,000 live births and was given a life expectancy of only 2 years, news that “crushed”first time parents, Carmen (42) and Allistair (48).

At 3 months old, Aidan underwent a Kasai Operation at Albert Luthuli Hospital to remove any problematic bile ducts outside his liver that were either abnormally narrow, blocked, or absent. Whilst the surgery was a success, it was said to only be temporary solution, expected to last 12 years.

The Carter High School Student has since birth surpassed all expectations placed on him, he’s in the top class for grade 8, despite doctors predicting he would struggle through school and he has made his parents very proud.

“Aidan is a very gentle child. He is witty, loves joking around and has a fantastic sense of humor despite the challenges he’s had to overcome in his short life“ – says mum, Carmen.

As predicted, the Kasai procedure, which has for years allowed bile to be drained from Aidan’s liver is no longer viable as his liver is severely damaged and deteriorating at a rapid rate.

“The news of Aidan’s failing liver has shaken us, although we knew this day would come. As a parent there’s no way you can prepare for this emotional roller-coaster. The fact that things could change in an instant is very frightening.” – says Carmen.

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She will forever be remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein, but the real-life story of Mary Shelley, and how one of the world’s most famous monsters came to life, is nearly as ‘fantastical’ as her fiction.  The film opens at South African cinemas nationwide on the 3rd of August, aptly ahead of Women’s Day. Continue reading

Got hurt during a heist, battered during a bank robbery or shot pulling a shady job? Then make a reservation at ‘Hotel Artemis’ – a secret, members-only hospital for criminals.

Set in riot-torn Los Angeles, first-time director Drew Pearce’s HOTEL ARTEMIS is an energetic action-thriller. Pearce, whose previous screenwriting credits include blockbusters like Iron Man 3 and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, was also responsible for writing the screenplay for this, his first original feature film, which opens at SA cinemas on the 3rd of August.

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Members of the Springbok training squad and Springbok Sevens Women players rolled up their sleeves on Wednesday to contribute towards several charity projects in celebration of #MandelaDay.

As part of SA Rugby’s outreach programme and in conjunction with Springbok sponsors MTN, the players also delivered blankets to each of the different venues.

Bongi Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe, Coenie Oosthuizen, Wilco Louw and Trevor Nyakane as well as several SA Rugby staff members kicked off the day’s activities with a visit to the Kin Culture orphanage in Klapmuts on the outskirts of Paarl in the Western Cape.

The group participated in a prayer session and spent quality time with some of the children, staff members and volunteers of the care village.

Then it was off to the township of Mfuleni outside Stellenbosch, where they met up with a few other members of the Springbok training group and Springbok Sevens Women representatives – Embrose Papier, Salmaan Moerat and Damian Willemse, as well as Veroeshka Grain, Megan Comley and Chane Stadler – to give a helping hand at a Habitat for Humanity building project.

The players joined up with several other volunteer groups who are building three houses in support of initiatives of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in partnership with Habitat for Humanity SA and the Department of Human Settlements. Oosthuizen and Nyakane also handed over a batch of blankets to the local primary school.

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CAPE TOWN – The Nelson Mandela Foundation in partnership with Habitat for Humanity SA and the Department of Human Settlements is honouring Tata Madiba’s legacy by building 100 homes for 100 families across 3 provinces: Western Cape, Gauteng & KwaZulu-Natal.

On Wednesday, three of the Western Cape’s biggest sports teams, DHL Western Province Rugby, Cape Town City Football Club, and the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Cricket team, will collectively roll up their sleeves as they aim to honour Nelson Mandela’s legacy to assist the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) and Habitat for Humanity SA in the Cape Town house-build week from 16 – 20 July 2018.

The three Western Cape sports brands will be in Bardale, Mfuleni, 30km from Cape Town on Mandela Day, where they will be assisting the Habitat for Humanity SA volunteers and Sbu-Leno Construction with constructing external and internal walls, mixing cement, moving blocks and interacting with the community.

“Building the South Africa Nelson Mandela dreamed of is only possible if we come together and raise our hearts, hands and voices to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. We therefore would like to thank DHL WP, Cape Town City FC and World Sports Betting Cape Cobras for participating and contributing immensely to this initiative in honour of Tata’s 100-year celebration’, says Lyndall McCarthy – Resource Development & Communications Officer at Habitat for Humanity SA.

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The SA Student Sevens Men’s team won the FISU World University Rugby Sevens Championships in Swakopmund this weekend, beating the defending champions, Australia, twice in the process.

Three capped Blitzboks, the captain Rhyno Smith, James Murphy and WJ Strydom, were part of the side and their experience counted in the Namibian desert.

They started the tournament with a massive 66-0 victory in their pool opener against China, after which they beat Australia by 26-14, setting up a quarter-final clash against Malaysia.

Smith and his team dispatched the Malaysians by 54-0 and then met France in the semi-final, a match in which the South Africans had to dig deep to win by 14-12.

The final was against Australia and the scoreline was similar as it was in their pool match, with the SA Students coming out on top by 24-14 to claim the silverware.

The SA Student Sevens Women’s team finished fourth after they lost in the bronze medal match to Belgium (17-0). The draw had to be amended as a number of teams withdrew, which meant that all the sides played each other at least once.

In the build-up to the knockout phase though the South African Women beat Brazil (27-0), lost to eventual champions France (43-0), beat Australia (17-12) and drew with Belgium (12-12).

Unfortunately they could not repeat their victory over Australia in the semi-final and were beaten 21-12, setting up the third-place playoff against Belgium.

The event was the first International University Sports Federation rugby sevens competition to be hosted in Africa.

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