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Opinion piece by Sally J’Arlette-Joy, founder of Sandwich Baron

Diet or exercise? Which is more important? Unless you’re a professional athlete, you’re unlikely to be exercising enough to cancel out an all-you-can-eat diet. Multiple research has proven that for people watching their caloric intake to reduce weight, adding exercise into the equation barely makes a dent in their overall caloric expenditure.

For instance, if a 100kg man wants to lose half a kilo a week, through exercise alone, he would need to run about 5.6km a day, assuming his diet stays the same. Through dieting alone, he needs to cut back 500 calories per day. That’s the equivalent of a Big Mac without the French fries and Coke. Theoretically, the two should achieve the same health results.

The moral is that you watch your diet if you would like to lose weight and exercise if you want to get fit. Do both if you want to be healthy. Continue reading

A just-released survey, which was conducted by SA’s leading cardiovascular medicine provider to determine how heart-aware South Africans are in the lead up to Valentine’s Day, revealed that nearly a quarter described their relationship with their hearts as ‘on the rocks’.

The public poll forms part of Pharma Dynamics’ Hug your Heart campaign, which it has launched this February in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA (HSFSA), in an effort to create greater awareness about heart disease in South Africa – a condition which claims the second most lives, after HIV/AIDS, in the country.

Of the 2 000 respondents that participated in the poll, almost half (46%) pleaded guilty to activities that put them at risk of heart disease, which includes smoking and drinking too much alcohol, overeating, consuming too much salty, sugary and greasy foods, whilst also living a sedentary lifestyle.

Nicole Jennings, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics says the findings are telling of the nation’s trivial attitude toward heart-health.

“Unfortunately, it usually takes someone we know to have a heart attack or stroke before we take our own heart-health seriously. The reality is that 215 South Africans die every day from heart disease or stroke – 18% of these deaths occur in women and 13% in men. While certain genetic risk factors for these conditions cannot be prevented, modifiable risk factors that relate to lifestyle account for the majority of heart disease, and a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent 80% of premature deaths from heart disease. With so many South Africans living with cardiovascular disease, it is imperative that people identify their individual risk factors,” she says. Continue reading


Johannesburg/Lagos, 30 January 2017: BET (DStv channel 129) is adding to its rich factual programming mix by welcoming the best documentaries from Africa and across the world onto its TV screens under a deal with documentary curatorsAfriDocs.

AfriDocs’ extensive library of African and international documentaries will be aired on BET’s pan-African entertainment channel on DStv every Sunday evening at20:00 CAT, starting from Sunday 5 February 2017.

Created for film buffs, lovers of African stories and culture, activists and anyone with a passion for powerful and real stories, AfriDocs documentaries are always moving, educational, and entertaining – whether ripped from the headlines, or simply the personal journeys of individuals facing the challenges of everyday life.

Since its inception in 2014, AfriDocs has presented over 150 documentaries, including powerful environmental doc Virunga, Rehad Desai’s award-winning Miners Shot Down, Nas Jones’ Shake the Dust dance documentary, and Nigeria’s celebrated film, The Supreme Price. This unique documentary strand has also included internationally awarded and acclaimed films such as the Academy Award winner CitizenFour (the Edward Snowden story), the Academy Award-nominated The Act of Killing, the SAFTA winning The Dream of Shahrazad, and many others. Continue reading

Programme:            The Pinkprint Tour: Nicki Minaj Live From Brooklyn
Channel:                   BET (DStv Channel 129)
Premiere Date:        Tuesday 14 February
Premiere Time:        21:00 CAT

This Valentine’s Day enjoy a night in with a Nicki Minaj as she takes you to the Barclay’s Centre in Brooklyn. The Pinkprint Tour: Nicki Minaj Live From Brooklyn show features both full live performances as well as never-before-seen interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

The pink colour fanatic is set to awe her fans better known as the “Barbies/Barbz” with a show stopping extravaganza. The “Barbz” can expect to hear some of their long-time favourite tracks, ‘throwback’ hit songs include ‘Anaconda”, “Super Bass” and “The Night Is Still Young”.

Also known for her unique fashion sense, Nicki Minaj fanatics will get to see over the top wardrobe designs for the spectacular night. This not to be missed show is a must see for Nicki Minaj fans.

It is a daunting step up from high school to university, one that just under half of all students fail to master. However, through proper understanding and realistic expectations, aspiring undergraduates can learn how to successfully navigate the leap.

According to a study published by The Council of Higher Education (CHE) in 2013, which tracked students over a period of five years, only 35% of learners complete their degree within the standard time frame allocated. Of all the students that enter tertiary institutions, 41% of them drop out and of those who drop out 50-60% of them do so in their first year. This means that each year the South African job market only receives about 40% of the graduates that it should.

Ria van Zyl, head of Honours at the Design School of South Africa, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), says that parents should prepare their children for the challenging yet rewarding transition into university. “The biggest difference learners will discover is that their days of being ‘spoon fed’ in the school class room are over. They will have to start thinking and working independently, while motivating themselves to keep up with their work schedule.” Continue reading

5FM are proud to announce their media partnership with FNB Varsity Cup, presented by Steinhoff International and Varsity Sports kicking off this month. The youthful radio station will enjoy a three-year relationship with the university-level sporting development association. Apart from supporting the Varsity Cup tournament, the station will also support the various sporting codes under the Varsity Sports banner including Varsity Cricket, Varsity Football (men and women), Varsity Netball Varsity Sevens Rugby, Varsity Mountain Bike, Varsity Sing and Varsity Hockey.

5FM’s involvement with sport at university level stems from their mission statement – to be a station that “brings together youthful South African’s through the power of music”. Historically, sport has shared this ethos and worked as a wonderful unifier in South Africa.

“5FM is thrilled to be involved with ASEM (Advent Sport Entertainment & Media), media rights holders and managing agents for Varsity Cup and Varsity Sports. This partnership means 5FM can reach as many of our listeners across the country, through on the ground engagement with our core listeners as well as support sport from a community level. We can’t wait to share our live loud love in parts of the country we don’t always have the opportunity to get to,” says 5FM Station Manager Justine Cullinan.

Michael Varney, Marketing Manager for ASEM says, “ASEM is at the forefront of developing youth sport at a grassroots level, and it’s through our philosophy of creating sportainment (sport and entertainment) that we believe the partnership with 5FM is incredibly well aligned to all of the Varsity Sports and Varsity Cup properties.” Continue reading

unnamed (1PRIDE WEEKEND – IDOLS STARS AT TSAKANE STADIUM, 108 Modjadji St, Brakpan, 1548, South Africa JHB

On Saturday the 25th of March, the third installment of #PrideWeekend celebrates the success of Idols stars from the previous years featuring: Idols SA, Karabo Mogane Idols SA,
Mmatema Moremi, Idols SA Noma Khumalo, Idols SA Musa Sukwene, Amanda Black Idols SA, Thami Shobede supported by Vusi Nova, Cassper Nyovest, Mobi Dixon, Robbie
Malinga and many more…

Idols Stars is presented by SABC 2 Muvhango actor and Speak Out presenter Mr Lesley Musina famously known as Ndalamo. Gates open at 2pm and the event starts at 3pm. Tickets are available at computicket, Shoprite and checkers, you can also buy tickets from all EDCON stores (Edgars, CNA and Jet).

Tickets prices are R100, R150 for general, R200 for golden circle and R800 VIP.

Coolers boxes are allowed at a R100, cans only.

No children under the age of 13 are allowed

Tickets have official gone for sale from R150 at Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and House & Home.


Channel: COMEDY CENTRAL (DStv channel 122)

Date: FRIDAY 27 JANUARY 2017

Time: 21:25 CAT

Batten down the hatches and man the lifeboats this Friday as Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) continues to wreak comic mayhem with their shipshape comedy special starring SA’s saltiest comedy sea dogs: Lihle Lindzy, Deep Fried Man, Mojak Lehoko and Richelieu Beaunoir.

Sink or Swim will feature short stand-up segments from our comedy crew, accompanied by fun vignettes that are sure to float your boat – from Deep Fried Man asking bemused patrons which direction they think Cuba will take after Fidel’s death, to a hilariously bad hip-hop song about being on a cruise featuring all comedians.


Channel:                 COMEDY CENTRAL (DStv channel 122)

Date:                       MONDAY 23 JANUARY 2017

Time:                     22:00 CAT
20 January 2017 will go down in history – or is in infamy? – as the day when Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.

Never one to let a political occasion of this magnitude go quietly by, Trevor Noah will be having a field day at the inauguration, rubbing his hands at the comedic possibilities inherent in the unlikeliest political victory of all time.

Tune in for The Daily Show’s special inauguration show following the ins and outs of the big day in which all the big questions will be answered: did anyone actually perform at the inauguration?  Will Donald remember which country he’s vowing allegiance to?  Which celebrities showed up at the gig? What was Melania wearing?  When’s exactly is that wall going to be built and who’s paying for it?

Whatever the question, Trevor and his fabulous fake news team at The Daily Show are bound to put their unique spin on it…

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