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Master chocolatiers and candy-makers the world-over have been hard at work for months experimenting with new flavours and textures, trying to outdo one another in an effort to capture the lion’s share of the sales this Easter.

New flavours that are sure to excite chocoholics this season include florals, like lavender, healthy spices such as ginger, turmeric and chai, coconut milk and tahini – a sauce made from toasting and grounding sesame seeds. There is also a big move among chocolatiers to include superfoods, such as spirulina, goji berries, reishi mushrooms, and our humble Rooibos in this delicious treat.

Adele du Toit, spokesperson for the SA Rooibos Council says it’s a real coup that the USD103-billion chocolate industry has taken notice of Rooibos, which is a proudly South African product.

“As consumers’ taste profiles change and new consumers enter the confection market, new opportunities arise. Today, teens and young adults are using social media to interact with and document everyday life, providing opportunities for chocolate and sweet brands to incorporate multisensory confectionery options that use unexpected textures and flavours. The youth seek experiences over possessions and are always looking for new innovations from brands that they love.

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SA’s Abel Selaocoe to play the Mandela cello for audiences and aspiring musicians alongside Austrian percussionist
Bernhard Schimpelsberger

Abel Selaocoe

What happens when an award-winning cello virtuoso from Sebokeng meets a percussion maverick from Austria? An explosive meeting of musical minds and a breaking of new creative ground, setting the scene for a series of genre-defying performances and workshops to celebrate Freedom Month.

This April, the Quartet of Peace Trust presents three unmissable concerts in Gauteng and the Western Cape by South African cellist (and 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist for Music) Abel Selaocoe and Austrian drummer Bernhard Schimpelsberger. They will be accompanied by a constellation of the country’s most exciting string musicians and traditional percussionists.

The shows will take place in Johannesburg, Stellenbosch and Cape Town between 10 and 16 April 2019.

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Scandal audience ratings soar, as the net spins tighter around Mthunzi. On Wednesday 27 March, over 6 million viewers tuned in to see Romeo and Chi-Chi get their revenge on Mthunzi. This is a record number for’s primetime soapie in the Golden Hour, between 7pm and 8pm, the biggest hour on South African Television.

In true soapie style, this story has been building since Mthunzi first appeared on our screens in June 2018, and it seems that the sly businessman always has a plan to get out of a sticky situation. In recent weeks, the relentless Romeo and his confidant Chi-Chi have managed to deliver a few blows to Mthunzi’s plans.

“Mthunzi’s story has excited and frustrated viewers, because it is perhaps too much like real life, where powerful criminals seem to get away with it all. But this story has many more twists and surprises before those who are guilty will be brought to justice.

What will soon be revealed, is what the true reason is behind Mthunzi’s desire for vengeance, and it will not be what anyone expects, least of all Xolile, Chumani and Romeo. Keep watching, I’m sure you will not be disappointed”
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Natural Wealth, Natural Health

Today’s article comes from Dr. Al Sears,
a real medical doctor who champions natural
healing modalities.

It’s a piece he wrote on the dangers of
lowfat milk.


A direct link has now been established between
diabetes and low-fat milk.

Big Food and mainstream medicine have been
scaring Americans about whole milk for decades.

You see, the food industry — with the full backing of mainstream medicine — has spent hundreds of
millions of dollars to convince Americans that a
low-fat diet prevents obesity, heart disease and

Yet in the past 30 years, the rate of these chronic
diseases has skyrocketed.

Researchers at Tufts University recently combed
through 15 years of data for 3,333 adults
participating in the Nurses’ Health Study and Health
Professionals, and discovered that if you drink
whole milk, you have a 46% lower risk of developing

I’m not surprised. When fat is taken out of milk, all
that’s left are the milk sugars. And that turns milk
into a highly glycemic food, which spikes your
blood sugar and significantly raises your risk of diabetes.

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This not-to-be-missed festival is set to start with an opening gala extravaganza titled ‘This is SatAfrica’

Johannesburg International Comedy Festival

Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 March

Nelson Mandela Theatre & The Fringe Theatre

Phat Joe, Desmond Dube, Kagiso Lediga, Loyiso Gola, Orlando Baxter (USA), Rob van Vuuren, Ntosh Madlingozi, Loyiso Madinga, Donovan Goliath, Khanyisa Bunu, Phillip Dikotla, Khutjo Green, Phuphama Love Minus, Pule Welch, TD Skhotane, Conrad Koch & Chester Missing, Dane Baptiste, Ali Al Sayed, Tsitsi Chiumya, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Tumi Morake, Michael Kudakwashe, Daliso Chaponda, Salvado, Nina Hastie, Gilli Apter, Claudine Ullman, John Vlismas ,KG Mokgadi, Katie Burch, Thomas Wiesel,

THURSDAY, 14th March
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Mentor Mojalefa 'Majakes' , Zola and ZaharaThe Celeb Feasts with Zola show has been cooking up fantastic recipes, with some of South Africa’s best-loved personalities bringing laughs, some moving moments and lots of fun into award-winning, television chef Zola Nene’s kitchen.

In March the wonderful lineup continues, kicked off on 5 March with the soulful singer-songwriter Zahara, accompanied by her mentor Mojalefa ‘Majakes’ Thebe, the Sowetan-born singer, songwriter and music producer. Zahara who has been singing, literally since she was 6 years old, is best known for her award-winning debut album Loliwe. Last year this lady with the big heart had a traumatic experience when she was stabbed by people she was trying to give food to, miraculously managing to escape before they could get into her car. The two good friends, with the help of Zola, cooked up a wonderful meal. Starting with mussels in an aromatic white wine broth, a main meal of rice stuffed pork chops with mustard and cultured cream, they ended off this taste-sensation with froyo sundaes made with peanut chocolate sauce and praline.

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If it’s nice, they do it twice. Comedic sensation Sifiso Nene has partnered up with Sun International again to bring you the best comedy combination to kick start your winter season.

The Combo Comedy Show is set to warm up some chills on the 25th of May 2019 at The Big Top Arena in Carnival City. The show boasts about its unique ability to place South Africans from all walks of life under one roof to share a few good laughs.

The all-star cast features performances from local comedy greats such as, Sifiso Nene, TolA$$Mo, Joey Rasdien, Thenjiwe Moseley and Tumi Stopnonsons infused with up-and-coming comedians such as Simphiwe Shembe, Mdu Ntuli, Siya B and Thabang ER.

Sifiso Nene comments, “In the last show, we realised how easy it was to tell stories that bridged people’s life experiences. We are all survivors of something and it takes a light hearted person to make you realise that life is worth laughing at – we are those light hearted people. If you can’t laugh at yourself, then at least laugh at us. I hope people will enjoy the show again, but firstly I hope they buy the tickets (laughs).”

Tickets start from R180 and are available now on Computicket (0861 915 8000)

Follow the conversation on social media #ComboComedy2019

The Toyota Cheetahs’ hope of reaching the Guinness PRO14 playoffs was reduced to a mathematical chance this weekend after the Free State team suffered their third defeat in a row on tour, against defending champions, Leinster, in Dublin on Friday.

It was a bitter-sweet Saturday for the Isuzu Southern Kings, meanwhile, who managed to salvage a bonus point in the dying minutes against the Cardiff Blues in Wales. They went down 26-19 in challenging weather to lift them off the foot of the Conference B log for the first time this season.

With both sides going down in their last three tour matches, they will target a strong finish to the season, especially with one UK match remaining in three weeks’ time before returning to SA for their last three pool games.

Isuzu Southern Kings go down fighting against Cardiff Blues

The Isuzu Southern Kings went down fighting against the Cardiff Blues in Wales on Saturday after entering the break at 7-7 and then taking a brief 12-7 lead before the hosts scored back-to-back tries to break away on the scoreboard.

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