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When Deputy Director General  of Transport -Dumisani Ntuli cut the ribbon on Linsen Nambi vessel, Fumana, on October the 1st, he realized the dream and vision of childhood friends, Durand Naidoo and Thuso Mhlambi.

The 33-year-old owners of Linsen Nambi, started their company in 2012. Since then, their fully black youth owned shipping company has recruited highly skilled maritime professionals, developed strong customer relationships and, most significantly, according to Durand Naidoo, “bought and own our own ships”.

Transport Deputy Director General Ntuli, a firm supporter of transformation in the maritime industry, believes that South Africa has the potential to grow to a place where this industry contributes to “economic growth and offers opportunities for job creation”. This launch marks yet another Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy (CMTP) inspired event that seeks to take forth the transformation agenda by ‘transforming and inclusively growing maritime transport economy that leverages South Africa’s Competitive advantage supported by the people and innovative infrastructure and service excellence’.

To this end, Government has prioritized the maritime economy through Operation Phakisa.

Said Naidoo: “It is heartening to know that there are Government Development Plans to unlock more deals like ours”. He added that he would like to see “the private sector opening up this space to new entrants, something that will facilitate the creation of employment.”

Naidoo and Mhlambi set themselves a goal at the start: to become the leading African shipping company with a global presence. They are on their way to achieving that.

Along with WOESA (Women in Oild and Energy SA), they recently purchases a bunker services company from Grindrod. The company currently employs 110 people, a number they hope to increase significantly as they grow their diversified shipping company.

Their vessels supply bunker fuel to other vessels calling at South African ports; as Naidoo describes it: “In layman terms we are the petrol attendants of the sea.”

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Today, I opened the Cape Town launch of the World Bank’s research report on Doing Business in South Africa 2018. The World Bank compared South Africa’s nine metros to 189 other economies across the world.

Cape Town came out top of all metros in two of the World Bank’s four indicators.

The city’s top ranking in terms of providing electricity puts Cape Town in the top 25% of city economies worldwide. It takes 91 days to connect a customer, much quicker than Tshwane with 110 days and Johannesburg at 109 days.

Cape Town also ranks first in dealing with construction permits. New businesses take 88 days to obtain all the necessary licences and permits, completing required notifications and inspections, nearly half to Johannesburg’s 155-day period.

The World Bank’s findings follows the recent PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report naming Cape Town as the top ‘opportunity city’ in Africa. The report placed Cape Town 6th among middle-income cities – behind Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Shanghai and Mexico City.

These results are proof of the many efforts we have put in to building an opportunity city and I am pleased with the progress the City has made. But as I always caution, we will not become complacent as there is still a lot more work to do to ensure that we make this great city event greater by attracting more investment so that more people can find employment.

Two years ago, following the World Bank’s previous Doing Business report, the City’s Enterprise and Investment Department and I drew up a plan on how we could improve our rankings.

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Based on Michael Ashton’s play, The Archbishop and the Antichrist (the playwright collaborated with Joffé on the screenplay), Joffé explains the reasoning behind the film: “This is a subject that’s both social and political but also rather personal, because let’s be honest, we’ve all done things in our lives that we need forgiveness for, that we haven’t come to terms with. We’re all prisoners of our history, whether it’s social, cultural or family.”

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Jonita Gandhi, the talent with the smooth, sensuous voice behind chartbuster hits like ‘The Breakup Song’ (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil), Gilehriyaan (Dangal) and ‘Sau Tarah Ke’ (Dishoom), has taken music lovers worldwide by storm and she’ll be heading to South Africa for the first time to perform on November 4th at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.

Fans across the globe have come to know this Indo-Canadian songbird when she shot to fame back in 2011 on YouTube with her covers of popular Bollywood songs which have gained her millions of views.

It was only a matter of time before Jonita was picked up by composers to sing Bollywood numbers and she has since grown as an award-winning playback singer. Now a full-time recording artist and performer, Jonita has several accomplishments under her belt.

Born in Delhi, India, Jonita moved to Canada at an early age. She started performing on stage at the tender age of 4 and has managed to pursue an exciting musical career while maintaining academic excellence at the University of Western Ontario.

She made her Bollywood debut in the title track of the 2013 blockbuster film, ‘Chennai Express’, starring megastars Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. She has also featured on MTV India’s Coke Studio Season 3 and released two songs in the film ‘Highway’ with music by A.R. Rahman.

Having grown up listening to and learning a variety of musical styles, Jonita has become a true experimentalist in her art. She enjoys taking opportunities where she can try out new styles and sing in different languages. She also has training in Western Classical music.

Jonita Gandhi – Live In Concert is proudly brought to you by Blu Blood and Muzicorp. “We continue to bring world-class entertainment to South African stages and are thrilled to be hosting Jonita Gandhi for the first time in South Africa. The concert promises to be a super, power-packed and unforgettable show that is not to be missed,” comments Osman Osman, MD of Blu Blood.

The performance will take place at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace on Sunday, 4 November at 18h00. Tickets (from R300) go on sale on Thursday, 27 September through Computicket.

At only 21 years of age, Sam Burger’s musical journey started when he was 8 years old, learning to play the piano and drums. He played Jazz drums in various school bands growing up, and started writing his own music when he was around 16. In 2016, Sam started his first band – Opposite The Other – which, in a short space of time, skyrocketed to the top of the local radio charts. The band have opened for the likes of The Lumineers (USA) and Bastille (UK) on their South African tours and collaborated with several SA Pop icons including Jimmy Nevis.

Continuing his passion for music, Sam Burger recently launched his new solo act ‘A Year On Earth’, an ongoing musical project where he explores what it means to be human in this world through the songs he writes. “All I really want to do is write the best songs I can, and as many as I can without overthinking it too much. Anything else that happens is a bonus”, says Sam.

‘A Year On Earth’ sees Sam take a different approach and a big change in sound to what he was doing with ‘Opposite The Other’, which says a lot about him as an artist. With a lot of his songs being piano-driven, ballad-style tracks, he single-handedly writes, records, produces and even creates the lyric videos that accompany each of his releases.

Through the lead single from his new project entitled ‘Heaven’s Door’, his solo sound has been described as hauntingly beautiful with impressive production and vocals, but with lyrics that really makes him shine. The songs are intimate and honest, which is Sam’s purpose for the project.

Apple Music is proud to feature Sam Burger and his ‘A Year On Earth’ project as the Apple Music New Artist Spotlight for October, which is different to anything that has been supported in their New Artist Spotlight before. Four singles have been released to date and are available on Apple Music.

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Experienced flanker Francois Louw has re-joined the Springbok squad on Monday in Pretoria following a two week stay at his English Premiership club side Bath.

The flanker returned to the United Kingdom immediately after the Springboks’ win over the All Blacks in Wellington.

Following his most recent club rugby commitments over the weekend, Louw re-joined the Springboks in Pretoria where the squad is busy with preparations for this coming Saturday’s final Castle Lager Rugby Championship match against the All Blacks at Loftus Versfeld.

Meanwhile, Siya Kolisi and his Springbok team mates started with their match preparations on Monday in the South African capital city. The entire squad had a good morning workout in the gymnasium and later on they had their first training run at a sun-baked Loftus Versfeld.

Rassie Erasmus, the SA Rugby Director of Rugby, will announce his match-23 on Thursday.

South Africa and New Zealand will face each other in front of a capacity crowd after tickets were sold out a few weeks ago already for the highly anticipated Loftus clash.

The Springboks could have beaten Australia far more comfortably if they had taken their chances, said Rassie Erasmus, Director of Rugby, following a 23-12 victory over the Wallabies at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

South Africa scored two tries by Aphiwe Dyantyi and Faf de Klerk in the opening 21 minutes of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship and Handré Pollard added two conversions and three penalty goals, but Erasmus rued other missed openings.

“I think tonight we created more chances than we did against New Zealand and if we had converted some of those the game would have gone very differently,” said Erasmus.

“If we’d taken them we could have given them a hiding. In the past couple of months when we made changes, we lost matches so to make eight changes and beat Australia is something to celebrate and before we start to look at where we need to improve, we should probably enjoy the victory.”

Erasmus picked out the improving defence and the character of the team as two other features of the victory.

Australia scored all their points in a three-minute burst just before the half hour but were kept scoreless for the final 50 minutes, despite the Springboks having Dyantyi sent to the sin bin for a professional foul at the breakdown with 15 minutes remaining.

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Ever-popular world-renowned Belgian tenor, Helmut Lotti, makes a long-awaited welcome return to SA with his highly-acclaimed “Comeback Concert” early next year.

Helmut Lotti will appear at the spectacular new Sun Arena, Time Square venue in Pretoria with orchestra and Special Guest. This exciting “Comeback Concert” will take place on 21 March 2019, and tickets will be on sale from Monday, 1 October at Computicket.

Helmut’s return will bring much joy to his legion of loyal followers who have time after time ensured that his concerts have always been subject to “SOLD OUT” signs. His current European tour continues this successful trend, and South African supporters will again no doubt do the same.

As always, Helmut Lotti will sing well-known popular favourites that this time around will include such beloved hits as Bridge Over Troubled Water, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Hallelujah, Santa Lucia and Impossible Dream – all guaranteed to delight his devoted audience.

Helmut fans can get a renewed taste of his star-quality and endearing charm, and what to expect from his live-on-stage Pretoria concert, by tuning into kykNET channel 144 on Sunday, 30 September at 14:30 for an exclusive broadcast of his Television Special recorded live in Hamburg, Germany.

Having sold in excess of an incredible 13 million albums, including an extraordinary 90 platinum and 70 gold albums, Lotti’s success continues unabated with his new CD and DVD release, “The Comeback Album”.

Helmut Lotti’s stellar career took off over 25 years ago, and along the way several duets with international superstars such as Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, Sir Cliff Richard and Eros Ramazzoti helped him gain a massive fanbase all over the world. South African audiences are no exception, always welcoming him with open arms.

As in previous years, tickets are expected to sell out fast, so be sure not to delay in securing yours. With Christmas just around the corner, tickets to see this legend live will be an ideal gift for loved ones of all ages. Ticket prices range from a very affordable R375, to R745, and can be booked through Computicket.

Whether you’re savouring Pastéis de Nata (custard tarts) at Belem Bakery or Bem Bom or indulging in a mouth-watering seafood platter or peri-peri chicken at Parreirinha, 1920 Restaurant or Troyeville Hotel, it is evident that Portuguese culture – especially in the form of its cuisine – is firmly entrenched in South Africa.

Heritage month provides the opportunity to explore the Portuguese community’s roots in South Africa, which have a long history dating all the way back to 1488 when explorer Bartolomeu Dias became the first European mariner to round the southern tip of Africa. He named it Cabo das Tormentas – Cape of Storms – after its wild storms and rough seas and opened the way for a sea route between Europe and Asia.

In 1497, another Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, rounded the Cape on his way to India. His first sighting of land was in early November 1497 when the ship reached what is today known as St Helena Bay in the Western Cape. The crew weighed anchor to look for fresh water and conduct a few repairs. Here, they met the Khoikhoi for the first time. In December, the ship stopped off at a spot where the fishing was good. Da Gama called it Ponta de Pescaria, an area that is today known as the Durban bluff.

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There’s a reason why Lady Zamar is the new Queen of SA Music! She recently walked away with the title of ‘Female Artist of the Year’ and ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the SA Music Awards; she has teamed up with some of the biggest names in the industry; she has numerous chart-topping singles to her name and her 2017 debut album, King Zamar, reached gold status earlier this year.

Continuing on her musical journey, Lady Zamar is making sure that she keeps giving her fans the royal treatment. She’ll be performing for the first time at Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace in Johannesburg on Saturday, 27 October. The rich, sensuous voice behind the hits ‘My Baby’, ‘Collide’ and ‘Love Is Blind’, the Queen of House and Dance will be accompanied by a full band in a two-hour showcase. She’s also invited along the fresh, up-and-coming talents, Rhea Blek and Sivuyile, as support acts.

Born in Tembisa and raised in Pretoria West, Lady Zamar (Yami Janet Banda), started singing at the tender age of six. Growing up, she found herself involved with emerging and aspiring hip hop artists of the time and considered herself a mini-rapper. It was only a matter of time before her talents were picked up.

She shot to fame when she teamed up with Junior Taurus and their singles, ‘Mamelodi’ and ‘Cotton Candy’, hit the charts. This soulful songstress with a unique and powerful voice has become a household name and her music is heard on radio stations across the country. She has collaborated with the likes of Prince Kaybee, Mshega, DJ Fortee, Tira and recently, with Vetkuk vs Mahoota and Dominic Neill.

Lady Zamar – Live is brought to you by Bhavani Entertainment. This offering will showcase her rich vocals and all the dance feels that has made her well-known and well-liked by fans and promises to be a power-packed and unforgettable performance. Tickets are available from R200 at Computicket.

Emperors Palace is located at 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park.

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