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DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival organisers, as well as the owners of Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre, extend their sincerest apologies for running over their scheduled event time on Sunday 8 October 2017 by a period of six minutes. Inclement weather caused delays to the event’s carefully planned schedule of international and local music acts.

Lloyd Cornwall of Massive Management Holdings says changes were made to the line-up to ensure public safety due to the heavy downpours and lightning on the second event day. “This unfortunately impacted performances at the festival, resulting in performances ending at 21:36, six minutes later than our agreed completion time of 21:30” concluded Cornwall.

Notably, the performance time for headline act, Soul II Soul, was cut from 90 minutes to 30 minutes to meet the timing deadline. The festival organisers, venue, and security have received your complaints, and are working diligently with event organizers to meaningfully address your concerns.

Bronze bodies. Beach volleyball. Ice cream. Romance.

Summer is usually associated with a throng of carefree fun loving memories and why wouldn’t it be? This attitude towards summer has been instilled since our childhood, born at the hand of school summer holidays. What is forgotten though is scorching pavements, frizzy hair and sunburn – oh how you are loathed sunburn.

We counteract this with sunglasses for our eyes, sunscreen for our face, UV protected cladding for our bodies, but what about your hair?

What about a hat?” you say. But answer this: when was the last time you swam with a hat, and if so, have you ever checked if it offers UV protection? Continue reading

DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival organisers, as well as the owners of Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre, extend their sincerest apologies for running over their scheduled event time on Sunday 8 October 2017 by a period of six minutes. Inclement weather caused delays to the event’s carefully planned schedule of international and local music acts.

Lloyd Cornwall of Massive Management Holdings says changes were made to the line-up to ensure public safety due to the heavy downpours and lightning on the second event day. “This unfortunately impacted performances at the festival, resulting in performances ending at 21:36, six minutes later than our agreed completion time of 21:30” concluded Cornwall.

Notably, the performance time for headline act, Soul II Soul, was cut from 90 minutes to 30 minutes to meet the timing deadline. The festival organisers, venue, and security have received your complaints, and are working diligently with event organizers to meaningfully address your concerns.

This week eNCA brings you the latest research on the ANC, conducted by Markdata and African Response. This research is presented and unpacked every Monday on eNCA’s new programme The Race hosted by senior anchor Jeremy Maggs and economist Lumkile Mondi.

Researchers polled ordinary South Africans who voted for the ANC in the 2014 National and 2016 Local Government Elections. 16 focus groups in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape and Gauteng shared their perceptions on provincial ANC leaders. The findings show how the party is dealing with issues like unemployment, racism, political killings and corruption.

The latest research focused on perceptions of the ANC in the polled provinces. The data shows that participants believe that leaders are not close enough to the people, and therefore not immediately recognizable. People also seem to have better relations with local leaders who they depend on for services with housing and unemployment emerging as key concerns. ANC supporters polled in KwaZulu-Natal also highlighted the numerous political killings and government’s failure to intervene. Continue reading

There are, on average, over 23 000 house robberies a month in South Africa according to SA Police Service numbers.
With 185 756 break-ins in the eight months from April to December 2016, securing your property is a sensible investment. It could also save you money on your insurance premiums.

According to Marlies Kappers, head of marketing at DirectAxis Financial Services, most security experts agree that it’s almost impossible for the average householder to completely secure their property against determined criminals, but there are some practical steps you can take to make it less vulnerable.

DirectAxis spoke to Stuart Clarkson, managing director of Fidelity ADT who shared the following advice:

Install an alarm system, linked to an armed-response company: While it’s always a good idea to get competitive quotes, choose a reputable company that’s active in your area. If there is more than one, ask neighbours, the local neighbourhood watch or the community policing forum (CPF) for their recommendations.

Most insurance companies will reduce your premiums if you have an alarm and armed-response service, in addition to basic security. Bear in mind, however, that claims can be denied if you don’t activate the alarm every time you leave the home. Continue reading

Every year, thousands of hopefuls enter SA’s Got Talent with the dream of winning half a million rand and becoming South Africa’s next big star. This week’s episode features some hair-raising acts that defy gravity and have the audience and judges in awe – but are they good enough to claim the big prize?


22 year old Tim Slab from Johannesburg risks his life to impress the judges

The SA’s Got Talent judges cast their eyes high into the sky this Sunday as tight-rope walkers, aerial acrobats, pole dancers and a host of other variety acts take over the show. Having seen two acts  – AnecNote and Fazlyn Naidoo – nab coveted Golden Buzzer spots over the past few weeks, these gravity-taming newcomers will have high hopes of joining them. Continue reading

Never in her wildest dreams did Claudia Adams think that she would be where she is today. From chambermaid to reservations manager at one of South Africa’s most prestigious hotels, her story is nothing short of inspiring. Newly promoted to her position at Sun International’s Table Bay hotel, she has shown that with passion and determination there is no limit to what can be achieved – even from the humblest of beginnings.

Raised by her granny in Wynberg and later Mitchell’s Plain, Adams was schooled at Glendale Secondary School after which she applied for work at The Table Bay as a chambermaid in 1998. Always willing to learn and go the extra mile, her superiors noticed her enquiring and enthusiastic nature and she found herself weaving her way around the hotel, working in various positions, from houseman, to the linen counter, to public area attendant and linen supervisor to housekeeping co-coordinator, reservationist, reservations administrator, assistant reservations manager and now reservations manager.

She says that each step in the journey has provided her with invaluable insights and knowledge into the inner workings of the five star Table Bay; insights that she perhaps wouldn’t have had had she not started at the bottom and consistently worked her way up the ladder.

“You cannot put a price on the great learning and experience to be gained from working your way through different departments. I have been exposed to diverse aspects of the hotel and enjoyed the privilege of mentorship at every level. This has helped me grow and develop to where I am today.
“I was lucky enough to earn the attention of Janet Samuel who was once the front office manager at The Table Bay. She saw the potential in me and invested her time to groom me for a position in reservations.
“Through Sun International, I was able to complete various training programmes including completing my Level 3 and Level 4 in Generic Management. This gave me a great foundation for development as a manager.

“My growth over the years is testament to the great emphasis that Sun International places on linking the aspirations of employees with the right training. This ensures that employees’ strengths and passions can be nurtured to develop meaningful career paths and enable them to reach their fullest potential,” says Adams.

As with most people stepping into new territory, she recalls feeling somewhat out of her depth when she moved into her first role in reservations. Continue reading

The five teams battling it out for the three remaining semi-final spots in the Currie Cup First Division – sponsored by DirectAxis and Nashua – will have their last throw of the dice this weekend as the pool rounds reach a thrilling conclusion.

The Down Touch Griffons have secured the top spot on the log and a home semi-final, but the Leopards, Hino Valke, Boland Cavaliers, SWD Eagles and the Border Bulldogs will go head-to-head this weekend for remaining places in the top four.

Border, however, have only a slim mathematical chance of making it through, meaning even a bonus point victory could see them fall short.

The Leopards and Hino Valke, who are currently in second and third place respectively on the standings, will kick off the round in Brakpan on Friday. Both teams can still finish in second spot and claim home ground advantage in the semi-final – victory would be enough for the Leopards to do so, but the East Randers will have to win while denying the visitors a bonus point.

The teams have met in the Currie Cup First Division semi-final in the last three years, with the Leopards winning the last two. Interestingly, the Valke’s victory in the 2014 semi-final marked their last win against the Potchefstroom side in the competition. Continue reading

Date: Monday 09 October
Time: 21:00 CAT
Channel: Comedy Central (DStv channel 122)

ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END,
BUT THE LAUGHTER STAYS ON WITH FAMOUS LAST WORDS

Comedy Central’s Famous Last Words special edition ninth episode provides the opportunity for you to see the best moments of the show with the star studded line up of local comedic talent and celebrities. Be sure to watch the stars attempt to take over the world on 09 October at 21:00 CAT on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122).

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Only five months after its inception in Cape Town, Beat the Price is set to become a game-changer for the way we buy and sell new cars.

“Where you can’t compare like-for-like with used cars, you certainly can with new cars,” says Marius du Toit, MD of Beat the Price. The platform has an alliance with dealers, allowing them to bid on a deal, ensuring that the customer gets the best possible price. “It’s simple – you tell us which car you want, where you want it delivered and we find you the best price. No fees and no commitments,” adds du Toit.

With 26 years in the industry, du Toit has worked for and started many dealerships. He recognised that it was becoming increasingly difficult to buy new cars for a good price and that buyers were completely at the mercy of dealership prices.

Beat the Price collects requests for new vehicles from buyers and sends these requests through to dealerships, allowing them to bid for the sale with their best price. “By opening an enquiry to the whole country, you could get a dealer in Bedfordview that has a stock unit that is priced lower than the same vehicle in Sandton,” says du Toit. Continue reading

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