What to do when your coach calls you off the bench with one second (and basically one play) left on the clock and your side trail the World Series champions by seven points in the final of the HSBC LA Sevens?
If your name is Branco du Preez, you first execute the perfect restart to hand your side the possession, then you score a try and convert it from a tight angle two minutes into injury time.
And then, in extra time, you again run strongly, make a crucial tackle and celebrate when the team pull off one of the most unlikely victories seen in the 21 years of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
If Hollywood, and Los Angeles in particular and the USA in general, are the places where dreams come true, Du Preez, South Africa’s most capped player in the World Series, can tell you all about it.
He lifted the USA crown four times when the tournament was played in Las Vegas and this weekend in Los Angeles, it was yet another gold medal around his neck, something that Du Preez described as a phenomenal feeling.Continue reading
The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department, in partnership with the Western Cape Health Department, today rolled out its first universal access mat at Muizenberg beach. The Mobi-Mat, a roll-out walkway, is environmentally friendly, lightweight and creates easy access for wheelchairs and persons with walking aids within minutes.
In celebration of International Wheelchair Day on 1 March 2020, the City’s Recreation and Parks Department in partnership with the Western Cape on Wellness (WoW!) Partnership Programme of the Western Cape Government, launched a universal access beach mat at Muizenberg Beach. The mat was donated by Western Cape Government Health via its WoW! Programme to support people with disabilities to get onto the sand and closer to the water.
Manufactured in France, the Mobi-Mat is environmentally friendly as it is made from 100% recycled polyester. Its lightweight roll-out technology, creates a pathway for outdoor access for wheelchairs, baby prams and walking chairs. The bright blue colour makes it easy to identify from a distance and the non-slip surface provides an easy transition from the pathway over the sand to the ocean. The length of the mat is approximately 50m and cost R390 000 to procure.
‘This is the launch of the first-ever Beach Access Mat in the province, accordingly, it is expected that the installation of the Mobi-Mat would facilitate the empowerment and social inclusiveness of persons with mobility impairments through their participation in coastal recreation and leisure activities. In addition, the mat should positively influence the attitudes that prevent differently-abled individuals from participating in the community, said the Western Cape Provincial Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo.
‘As a Department, we recognised the need to give dignity and equal access to all members of society to our award-winning coastline. We are excited that these advancements in technology exist and would like to thank the WoW! Programme of the Western Cape Provincial Government who have so generously made this equipment available to us to improve the lives of those who depend on wheelchairs for mobility. Not only will make the beach more enjoyable for those with a disability/differently-abled, but it will also add value to mothers with baby strollers and the elderly,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.
This project is being piloted at Muizenberg Beach which is the City’s flagship differently-abled-friendly beach. Muizenberg has demarcated parking for the disabled, ramps, hand railings, ablution facilities and an amphibious wheelchair, which helps those with a disability to submerge directly into the water.
“WoW! promotes inclusive healthy lifestyles for all. This specialised mat enables people using wheelchairs, and other aids for mobility, independent ease of access to the beach. The launch of the mat marks another step forwards towards co-creating inclusive healthy-lifestyle enabling environments. We are grateful to our partner, OCAL Global, for the support in procuring the Mobi-Mat” said Dr Frederick Marais, Deputy Director: Increasing Wellness, Western Cape Government.
The beach mat will now undergo a series of tests as part of the pilot project, and will only be available for public use once all legal documentation has been finalised. It is anticipated that this process will be concluded by the end of March 2020.
In addition to facility improvements, an important priority for the universal access project is to provide environmental education and awareness programmes for the differently-abled. Two programmes have already been developed: a rocky shore biodiversity programme for those with a visuall
y and physical ly disability and a waste programme adapted for the visually impaired.
The Department has also been conducting extensive research on universal access best practices around the world. An internal audit of all coastal facilities has since been conducted, in order to put a plan in place to ensure that as many beaches as possible become differently-abled-friendly.
“Developments and improvements in universal access to the City’s recreational nodes such as beaches and parks is a longstanding priority for the Recreation and Parks Department. Ultimately, the goal is to have these mats on every beach, although that will take some time to fund and implement”, said Cllr Badroodien.
For enquiries about universal access along the coast and any further queries, please contact the City’s Coastal Coordination Unit at email@example.com.
For enquiries about the WoW! Healthy Lifestyles Partnership Programme, please contact team WoW! on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you were a fan of Apprentesses SA’s reality show, STER-STATUS, on VIA (DStv channel 147) last year and want to be a part of this year’s action, now is your chance… but you have to hurry, because entries close on 28 February 2020!
This program is the first of its kind in South Africa and focuses on preparing young women for life in the limelight by introducing them to the entertainment industry
Last year’s twelve finalists had to work their way through workshops, training sessions and various challenges, before Jaenette Jacobs of Pretoria was finally crowned as the winner… and she has not looked back since!
“Being on STER-STATUS taught me a lot about myself and to look at other people differently. It made me realize that you should never give up on your dreams and that you will reap the benefits of what you sow,” shares the beautiful brunette, who has already been cast in three music videos, including Snotkop and Ricus Nel’s popular hit Boerepompie, starred in her first television commercial for Paintmaster, spent time on the set of Getroud Met Rugby and has been selected as a brand ambassador for Wildebees clothing since winning the show.
Some of the other contestants who have also had great success include Theresho Makwiya who is now the face of Landine Professional; Jean-Marie Viljoen and Michélle Mostert who have also recently starred in music videos; and Natalene Makhubo, who landed a lash course at Flirt Lash & Beauty.
Jaenette will also be hosting the next season and is thrilled about this unique opportunity. “I feel privileged to be part of the next season and am looking forward to this exciting chapter in my career. It not only provides me with the chance to broaden my knowledge of the industry, but also to prepare for similar work opportunities in the future,” she says.
According to Tarien Cronjé, founder and executive director of Apprentesses SA, this year’s program promises to be even bigger and better than it was in 2019. “Due to the success of last year’s production, we are proud to announce that the show has now grown from six episodes to thirteen episodes! As a result, we added a raceway challenge and will also be shooting a short film, to challenge the participants and the industry and make things even more exciting,” Tarien explains.
INCLUDES ALL-STAR CAST OF A-LIST ARTISTS. ALBUM EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY DJ KHALED
NEW SINGLE & MUSIC VIDEO “MUEVELO” BY NICKY JAM & DADDY YANKEE OUT NOW
(January 8, 2020 – Los Angeles, CA) – Maintaining the energy and action synonymous with one of the big screen’s most explosive franchises ever, We The Best Music Group and Epic Records unleash the Bad Boys For Life Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on January 17, 2020. It arrives the same day Bad Boys For Life—the third installment in the legendary Bad Boys (directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah; producers: Will Smith, Jerry Bruckheimer, Doug Belgrad) series starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence—opens in theaters everywhere.
In order to lock and load a blockbuster compilation worthy of the on-screen action, the filmmakers and Sony Pictures Entertainment tapped GRAMMY® nominated multiplatinum artist, music executive, innovative influencer, mogul, and mega-producer DJ Khaled as executive producer. Lending his magic touch to the project, he tapped some of the hottest names across hip-hop, pop, reggae and Latin to collaborate and deliver one banger after another.
This time around, he embraced the role of C.E.O. and label boss to assemble a powerhouse soundtrack. “I’m honored to have this soundtrack on We The Best Music Group as this is the first release of 2020 with more to come this year.” said DJ Khaled. Now, the album boasts brand new music from the likes of Meek Mill, City Girls, Rick Ross, Rich The Kid, Jaden Smith, Buju Banton, Pitbull, and more.
There is a kaleidoscope of fun filled activities available for kids at The Boardwalk this festive season. Kids under 12 can join the Holiday Club to enjoy hours of fun and games in a safe environment. Located at the Kids Corner in The Boardwalk’s retail area, the Holiday Club is available daily from 4 December 2019 until 14 January 2020 (excluding Christmas Day).
There will be an array of entertainment such as craft work, games, kiddies’ movies, a jumping castle, face painting, electronic games, children’s racing games and other indoor activities. For R150, children can enjoy eight full hours of jam-packed entertainment and some light snacks. There is also a four hour package available for R80 per child (excludes snacks).
Other fun, family friendly activities at The Boardwalk include:
The festive season is the time for family-styled fun at The Boardwalk. From 9 to 15 December 2019, there will be an entertaining puppet show for the little ones to enjoy. The puppet show organised by The Boardwalk in conjunction with Obed Productions will be at 13h00 at The Boardwalk Amphitheatre. Tickets will be available at the door and cost R20 each. Proceeds will be donated to Khayalethu Youth Centre.
Other fun, family friendly activities at The Boardwalk include:
Speedway Go-Kart Track – an action-packed grand prix track for emerging speedsters situated behind Vodacom Amphitheatre. Minimum heights apply. Trading hours: 15h00 to 23h00 on Fridays. 10h00 to 23h00 on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Magic Company – an amusement arcade with the latest computer and simulation games. Kids can choose from go karts, mini golf, bumper boats and a 3D/4D motion theatre. Trading hours: 10h00 to 22h00 from Sunday to Thursday. 10h00 to 00h00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
The countdown to the end-of-year summer break has begun, but it’s also the season when many South Africans fall prey to tummy bugs, unexpected colds, migraines and other nasties which can spoil the holiday fun.
Alisha Mackintosh, Allergy and Immunity Portfolio Manager at Pharma Dynamics says it’s likely that certain changes in our routine may be to blame.
“During the holidays we travel more, eat out-, shop- and party more. We stay up late and are perhaps a little more relaxed about hygiene, which can weaken our immune system and make us more susceptible to viruses and bacteria.”
TOP SONGS OF 2019: SOUTH AFRICA playlist:
APPLE MUSIC GLOBAL TOP STREAMED ALBUM OF 2019
Billie Eilish – WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
APPLE MUSIC GLOBAL TOP 10 STREAMED SONGS OF 2019
1. Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)
2. Post Malone & Swae Lee – Sunflower
3. Ariana Grande – thank u, next
4. Ariana Grande – 7 rings
5. Billie Eilish – bad guy
6. Post Malone – Wow.
7. Meek Mill – Going Bad (featuring Drake)
8. Halsey – Without Me
9. Gunna & Lil Baby – Drip Too Hard
10. Travis Scott – SICKO MODE
APPLE MUSIC’S 2019
Alternative – Billie Eilish
Classical – Ludovico Einaudi
Country – Luke Combs
Hip-Hop – Drake
African Artist – Burna Boy
Pop – Ariana Grande
R&B – Khalid
Rock – Queen
J-Pop Artists – aimyon
K-Pop Artists – BTS
Latin – Bad Bunny
APPLE MUSIC SOUTH AFRICAN TOP 10 STREAMED SONGS OF 2019
FORMER MINISTER OF FINANCE TREVOR MANUAL AND NORA DAWUD, TOP IMMIGRATION LAWYER AND FOUNDER OF BLACK PEN IMMIGRATION & RECRUITMENT, REVEAL THE BIGGEST CAUSE OF YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IN SA – A SURPRISE TO ALL THAT ATTITUDE DURING THE HIRING PROCESS IS A FAR BIGGER PROBLEM THAN LACK OF SKILLS
HUNDREDS OF YOUTH FROM JOE SLOVO, MILNERTON, PROVIDED WITH SIGNIFICANT INFORMATION BY ONE OF SA’S TOP IMMIGRATION LAWYERS AND RECRUITMENT SPECIALISTS ON HOW TO “GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE OVER OTHERS WHEN JOB HUNTING”
JOE SLOVO (MILNERTON), CAPE TOWN: As the youth unemployment rate continues to increase in South Africa, the Youth Unemployment Prevention Programme (YUPP) hosted a seminar for approximately 300 youth in Joe Slovo, Milnerton, this past week. The motivation behind the event was in order for those in attendance to gain a significant revelation about how to get a competitive advantage above others when job hunting, with Nora Dawud, top immigration lawyer and Founder of Black Pen Immigration & Recruitment, sharing her extensive knowledge she has gained over the years as a specialist in the field.
Apple Music has launched its Summertime Sounds campaign featuring playlists from some of South Africa and the world’s biggest celebrities and influencers.
It includes a broad selection of playlists curated by top celebrities and musicians from South Africa and around the globe including; Boity, Pearl Thusi, Rich Mnisi, Kendall Jenner, DJ Zinhle, Jeannie D, Nadia Jaftha, Nakhane, Kim Jayde, Nandi Madida, Khalid, Shawn Mendes, Celeste Ntuli, the Sobekwa Twins, Karen Zoid, Terry Pheto and many more.
Says DJ Zinhle: “African music is on the rise so my playlist comprises mostly African music. This makes me so proud because we are producing quality music that is also appreciated by the rest of the world. We are producing sounds that are true to us.”
Of her selection Pearl Thusi explains: “These are songs that either lift my soul or help me go through certain emotions whether comfortable or uncomfortable. Music marks time and sometimes takes me back to a beautiful moment.” Her eclectic pick ranges from Brenda Fassie’s Weekend Special and Coldplay’s Fix It to Rihanna’s Love on the Brain and Tracy Chapman’s She’s Got Her Ticket.
Boity – whose tracks include some of her own hits as well as Sho Madjozi’s John Cena track and music by Samthing Soweto, Beyonce, Chris Brown and Drake – says she picked the songs “because I feel that it is the perfect playlist to not only motivate me to go hard in the gym and be about my business but to also create the perfect vibes for a great summer.” Continue reading