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11, April 2017  – Johannesburg – Hundreds of school children from disadvantaged communities in Soweto and Benoni experienced the best of French arts and culture as they attended a special performance of renowned play, Tartuffe, at the Soweto Theatre this past Friday.

The performance is part of a national tour that has come about through a partnership comprising Total South Africa, the  French Institute of South Africa, Alliance Francaise South Africa,  BNP Group and Mazars. Believed to be best work French playwright Molière – often described as France’s own Shakespeare – the play is a production of the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company and acclaimed theatre director Sylvanie Strike.  

Nyameka Makonya, Sustainable Development Manager at Total South Africa says that heritage and arts are a key area of focus for Total South Africa and it continually seeks for ways to bolster the development of these areas  by identifying projects such as this one.

“When a company like Total has roots in France, a country steeped in a rich history of celebrating the creative arts and an inimitable flair for the refined, it was inevitable that the regional office located in the southernmost tip of Africa would mirror this cultural affection,” says Makonya .   Continue reading

In coming months, Grade 9’s will have to select the subjects they want to pursue from next year until they write their final Matric exams. While making the call is an exciting exercise for some, others struggle with the commitment, especially when they are not yet sure what they want to study after school.

“Subject choice season requires some serious soul searching and big decisions, which are too important to leave until the day when you are presented with a checklist to indicate your choices. It should already be top of mind now for learners who want to give themselves the best chance for success in Grade 12 and beyond,” says Nola Payne, Head of Faculty: Information and Communications Technology at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest private higher education institution.

Payne says time really is a learners’ friend at this stage, and it is important that the subject choice conversations should start between them, their parents, guardians, teachers and friends.

It is also important to not try and make decisions based on crystal-ball gazing, but to use the various resources available to assist with this choice – particularly when learners are unsure about their vision (or lack thereof) for their future, she says.

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It’s amazing how something so spectacular can be borne out of passion and drive.

About: Elda Fornasari-Thomas

“Passion for preserving our wildlife and watching the TV programme, Cake Boss was the inspiration behind the idea of creating a life-sized Rhino Cake” said Elda Fornasari-Thomas, founder of The Elephant Project SA and a wildlife enthusiast. “I wanted to give back and help the plight of the rhino’s in Africa” she said. In 2016 Elda collaborated with the dynamic Megan Carr from The Rhino’s in Africa Foundation and together they elicited the help of South African celebrity chef and master cake maker, Dot Klerck and “The Biggest Rhino Cake in the World” initiative was brought to life. Elda is also the founder of Slim Lady Wines and was one of the sponsors of the project. Proceeds raised from the Rhino Cake initiative were donated to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Rhino’s in Africa foundation founded by Megan Carr was the conduit to ensure that the money went directly to the benefactors and 6 000 slices of cake were donated to the Food Bank. Continue reading

How to make travelling by air a breeze

As Easter approaches, South Africans across the country are making plans to visit family and friends, both locally and abroad. This is a particularly busy time of the year, when many people are travelling by road, rail and air.

South African Airways (SAA), the country’s national carrier, has some tips to make travelling by air a breeze:

  1. Book as early as possible. Flights are usually full over the holidays and fewer standby seats are available at this time too. Check for the best deals.
  2. If you have a preference for a particular seating arrangement, use SAA’s online Advanced Seat Reservation System during the booking process. For a small administration charge, you can secure the seats of your choice in advance.
  3. If you require special assistance – or should you have specific dietary requirement for religious or health reasons – specify these during the booking process to avoid delays or disappointment. As 72 hours’ notice is required for some meal types, ensure that you do this in good time.
  4. Make sure you have all of your documentation with you before you leave home. If you are travelling to an international destination, you will need a valid passport with a minimum of two blank pages in it and a visa or visas, if required. If you are travelling within the country, either a passport or an ID document is acceptable as valid proof of identity. Bear in mind that if check-in and security staff are unable to identify you – or if you don’t have valid visas for the countries you’re travelling to – they may not accept you for travel.
  5. Pack your own luggage and don’t carry goods for other people unless you know exactly what they are. Make sure that there aren’t any restricted items in either your check-in luggage or your cabin luggage. For a full list of luggage restrictions, see
  6. Label your luggage clearly and use something unique to make your suitcase or holdall easy to identify on the luggage carousel at your destination. Include your name, cell number (with local and international dialling codes) and e-mail address on the label, but don’t include your physical address or destination for security reasons.
  7. Lock your check-in luggage or have it shrink-wrapped at the airport to protect it against damage or pilferage.
  8. Keep valuables such as cameras, jewellery and laptops with you in your hand luggage. Do not pack these into your check-in luggage.
  9. Allow plenty of time to get to the airport and to check in, taking into account possible delays on the roads or at the airport, especially during peak times.
  10. Should you experience discomfort when on board, medical supplies for minor ailments are available on board. Please ask a cabin crew member for assistance.

We invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy our friendly service, tasty meals and award-winning South African wines. Read your free copy of Sawubona magazine, which you’ll find in the seat pocket in front of you, or take advantage of our in-flight entertainment offering available across our network.

SAA wishes its valued passengers and all South Africans a safe, happy and relaxed Easter.

Johannesburg, April 10, 2017: South African movie & TV lovers get ready for a spectacular evening of entertainment. MTV announced the categories and nominees for the first-ever “2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards,”celebrating the actors, stories and moments that defined pop culture in the past year. Fans can vote immediately at Comedian, film and TV star Adam Devine will host young Hollywood’s party of the year. The show will be televised LIVE on MTV (Dstv Channel 130) on 8 May at 02:00 CATand will repeat later that evening on both MTV (DStv Channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) at 21:00 CAT.
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Programme:   1994: A Bloody Miracle Part 1 and 2
Channel:         BET (DStv Channel 129)
Premiere:        Thursday 20 April
Time:               21:00 CAT and 22:15 CAT

The locally produced documentary exposes the extraordinary position faced by South Africa in the lead-up to its first democratic elections and reveals violent struggles – both right-wing plots and internal power struggles within the ANC – that toiled below the surface of the country’s political landscape in an attempt to bring South Africa to its knees.

The City of Cape Town is pleased to announce that community consultations for the upgrade of the Agste Laan informal settlement have been concluded and that the contractors have begun their site preparations. The R50,8 million upgrade to transform the lives of these residents will go a long way towards creating a sense of place in the community, with its formalised layout and community-friendly design. Read more below:

If construction is able to proceed as planned, the site should be completed by the end of 2018. Constant cooperation from the beneficiaries will be of paramount importance.

The formalised layout will allow the City to provide an enhanced level of basic services. Each of the 580 residential plots will have access to its own toilet and metered water and electricity connections. The redesign will also allow for the provision of public lighting. This could not be done previously due to the density of the structures.

As part of the upgrade, formal erven will be created, which can be transferred with title deeds to qualifying beneficiaries. The progressive realisation of tenure is one of the key thrusts of the City’s new Organisational Development and Transformation Plan. This enhanced service delivery plan is about finding ways of igniting hope by enabling opportunities and services in a more localised, area-based manner. Continue reading

SANZAAR announced on Sunday that Vodacom Super Rugby had been restructured for 2018 and would kick-off with a three conference, 15-team format featuring four teams from South Africa, five from New Zealand, four from Australia, one from Japan and one from Argentina.

The streamlining of the competition comes at the end of a nine-month consultation and strategic review process that looked at the short and long-term prospects for SANZAAR’s competitions.

The decision to reduce Vodacom Super Rugby competitors by three teams was unanimously agreed by the four SANZAAR partners. Franchises, broadcasters and fans were all engaged in the process.

“Fans, media and broadcasters have spoken and we have listened to them,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby. “The 18-team Vodacom Super Rugby competition has not worked and we had to face up to that hard fact. The integrity of the format and the lack of competitiveness in too many matches were major issues that needed addressing.

“From a South African rugby high performance perspective we’ve had to acknowledge that the dilution of talent and resources across six franchises – at a time when rand weakness has led to more departures to Europe and Japan – has seriously affected our ability to compete across the board.

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The Springbok Sevens team maintained their strong lead at the top of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, despite losing to Fiji in the final of the HSBC/Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday.

A title at the Hong Kong National Stadium keeps on eluding the Blitzboks, but coach Neil Powell will be pretty pleased with his team reaching a seventh consecutive final of the 2016/17 season and more importantly, not giving Fiji or England any leeway on the overall series log, despite a lop-sided 22-0 scoreline in the final.

South Africa came into the tournament with a 23-point margin over England in second and 26 over Fiji in third and will depart with that lead intact with only tournaments in Singapore, Paris and London left in the series.

Fiji’s win moved them into second place, 23 points adrift of the Blitzboks, with England losing ground in third, now 32 points adrift in third place.

In the final, a number of unforced errors and some traditional Fijian flair secured a third consecutive title for the Pacific team. Continue reading

Springbok hooker Bongi Mbonambi will earn his 50th Vodacom Super Rugby cap when the DHL Stormers face the high-flying Chiefs of New Zealand in the feature match on Saturday in Cape Town, where the kick-off is scheduled for 17h15.

Both teams are unbeaten thus far this year and a bumper crowd is expected at DHL Newlands. The Chiefs will go into the match confident after winning their last three matches against the DHL Stormers, including last year’s big win in the playoffs.

Robbie Fleck has made only two changes to the home team’s starting line-up – scrumhalf Jano Vermaak has been ruled out with concussion and is replaced by the experienced Dewaldt Duvenage, while Wilco Louw is fit again and will take his place at tighthead prop alongside hooker Mbonambi, with Frans Malherbe moving to the bench.

Meanwhile, Chiefs head coach, Dave Rennie, has made five changes to the starting line-up which defeated the Vodacom Bulls in Hamilton last weekend.

Other round seven action sees the Vodacom Bulls tackling the Sunwolves in Tokyo in the first match of the day on Saturday at 07h15. Springbok backs Jesse Kriel and Handré Pollard are both rested while lock Lood de Jager is injured. That means first starts of the season for Tian Schoeman (flyhalf) and Jannes Kirsten (flank), while Warrick Gelant will wear the No 15 jersey. Continue reading

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