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“The sheer delight of watching a Joburg audience react to Aunty Merle’s acidic humour and antics emphasises the impact of this character.” – Peter Feldman, Artslink

With rave reviews and standing ovations night after night, Aunty Merle – Marc Lottering’s most beloved alter ego – has sashayed into the hearts of ‘Joburgers’ since the start of the run of Aunty Merle The Musical which opened at the Joburg Theatre on 1st of February. The hit musical will see its final shows this week as the curtain closes this coming Sunday, 24th of February.

“I’ve had many hours to meditate and ponder on my trip, in quiet candlelight, thanks to Eskom,” comments Aunty Merle on how she has found her time in Joburg. “My trip to Johannesburg has been unforgettable! Joburg is definitely very different to Cape Town. Everything up here just seems to move faster. I will miss Joburg. It really is like being overseas. Without a VISA!”

High drama unfolds as Merle’s daughter, Abigail, announces her engagement to her boyfriend, Alan. As Merle puts it: “He’s a good looking white chap!” But it’s never smooth-sailing in the world of musicals when Abigail’s twisted and corrupt ex, Denver Paulse – who holds a dodgy top job with the SABC – is determined to get her back – and if not, threatens to reveal a very dark secret which is bound to tear the lovers apart. Continue reading

Social entrepreneurship skills are the gateway to preparing South Africa’s future leaders in eradicating domestic and international problems, with the annual Youth Citizens Action Programme (Y-CAP) providing the ideal platform for manifesting active citizenry, says Amanda Blankfield-Koseff, CEO of Empowervate Trust, which runs Y-CAP.

The programme is implemented in over 700 public schools nationally in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education. The programme provides young leaders with project management, social entrepreneurship and life skills through the Y-CAP Toolkit and workshops. It also gives them a platform to showcase their impactful and sustainable projects at district, provincial and national level.

“Over the years the programme has seen so many innovative solutions stemming out of this country’s young people. Now in its tenth year, and 2019 being a national election year, we anticipate even more schools not only participating but coming up with creative ways that showcase leadership and a passionate desire to change both their communities and country for the better,” says Blankfield-Koseff.

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Excitement is building for the first ever #SuperHeroSunday double-header on 3 February at Cape Town Stadium, featuring all four Vodacom Super Rugby franchise teams on the same day at one venue.

South Africa’s top players wearing their new jerseys inspired by Marvel’s Spider-Man, Thor, Black Panther and Captain America will run out at Cape Town Stadium on #SuperHeroSunday, for the first public appearance of the Marvel makeover of SA’s Vodacom Super Rugby teams.

The Emirates Lions will be dressed in the familiar webbed suit of Spider-Man; the Cell C Sharks will adopt the Black Panther look; the DHL Stormers will be looking to hammer their opponents in the colours of Thor; and the Vodacom Bulls will shield all attacks thrown their way as Captain America.

The jerseys will be exclusively worn in most South African derbies. The teams will wear in their usual jerseys for matches against international opposition.

If you’re attending the event, make sure you know all the ins and outs of what will be happening on Saturday and Sunday:

TICKET COLLECTION

Attendees have to collect their tickets from Computicket outlets before making their way to the stadium.
Please note there no collection points at the stadium.
No pass-outs between games will be permitted at the stadium on the day.

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On Saturday 15 December 2018, Executive Mayor Dan Plato hosted approximately 1 500 Walking School Bus volunteers at a thank you lunch and certificate ceremony at the Cape Town Civic Centre. Read more below:

The Walking Bus initiative, which sees members of the community, specifically parents, volunteering to walk groups of children to and from school as a means to provide a safe transport corridor, was launched by Mayor Plato in 2016 during his time as Western Cape Minister of Community Safety.

Since inception, Walking Buses have been launched in more than 90 areas, with a large number in the Cape Metro, including Lentegeur, Beacon Valley, Bishop Lavis, Scottsdene, Blue Downs, Eerste River, Leonsdale, Elsies River, Bonteheuwel, Hanover Park, Manenberg, and Ocean View.

The programme is supported by schools, Metro Police, Law Enforcement, and Traffic Services, the South African Police Service (SAPS), Community Police Forums (CPFs) and local Neighbourhood Watches (NHWs). Where possible, the Walking Bus members also keep an eye on the perimeter of the schools in the areas where they operate.

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The five-star Boardwalk Hotel has received yet another Lilizela Tourism Award, this time for mobility in accommodation. This accolade, which honours universal accessibility in accommodation, is given only to the establishment and MESE venue which facilitates and is most accessible to people with disabilities.

The award was presented to the Boardwalk by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, which in 2010 incorporated Universal Accessibility (UA) grading criteria in its other quality grading criteria for the first time in its other quality grading criteria.

“We pride ourselves in the fact that we value and ensure that people with mobile and visual impairments are taken into consideration and given access to our top facilities and services at The Boardwalk, and year on year consistently look for ways to improve and make this accessibility even better,” says Nqobile Qupe, Marketing Manager of the Boardwalk.

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The Boardwalk is proud to host acclaimed band Satori – comprising Port Elizabeth born siblings Ashley, Erol, Zara, Lisa and Kevin Ally – when they return home to introduce their new CD to local fans on Saturday, 8 December 2018. The band has decided that having a concert to launch their second CD in Port Elizabeth at the start of the festive season would be their gift to the Eastern Cape, their place of birth.

The CD entitled What has become of us was released in Germany in June this year, showcasing the artistry of Ashley on Sax and flute, Zara on lead vocals, Ezra Erasmus on keyboards, Erol on guitar, Edwin Steyn on bass, Kevin on drums and percussion, and Lisa Ally on vocals. They performed to full houses in Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich, Hamburg, Oldenburg, Rostock, Hattingen, Kolne, Jazz festival in Duren and Titisee – Neustadt where they received exceptional acclaim from audiences and the media alike.

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Approx 50 SA artists collaborated as well as Dave Matthews, Peter Gabriel and Mike Rutherford. The song and video was played for the first time to Johnny at a special event at Ellerman House in Bantry Bay this evening – this is why we kept the news under wraps until this moment.  (more info a bit further down in this email – full press release to reach you by tomorrow when the videolink will also be live on youtube.)

SONG TITLE: THE CROSSING

ARTIST: Friends of Johnny Clegg

LANGUAGE: English/Zulu

GENRE: Adult Contemporary

SONGWRITER: Johnny Clegg

PUBLISHING:  Rhythm Safari

ISRC CODE: ZAO861800373

PROCEEDS: Friends of Johnny Clegg Fund

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The Mzansi Youth Choir was established in July 2003 with the aim of affording talented, underprivileged teenagers and young adults (14-24 years) the opportunity to proficiently perform locally and abroad. Their vision is also to package, re-package and create new African Music. The choir consists of 60 choristers from Soweto and other areas in and around Johannesburg. The choir recently celebrated 15 years and are proud to have over 645 children pass through their hands. Many have gone onto be professionals in their own right.

The Mzansi Youth Choir is widely regarded as the best show choir in the country. Performance highlights include the One World Music Festival, M-Net Idols, Huisgenoot Skouspel, Starlight Classics, The Voice, The Presidential Inauguration, KKNK, The National Arts Festival, The South African Music Awards, as well as performances with the Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and Celtic Women.

International highlights include performances in Canada (Canadian National Exhibition and Stratford Summer Music Festival), Denmark (AAVF, Europe’s largest contemporary vocal festival), England (Celtic Festival, Guildhall), Turkey, Scotland (Commonwealth Games, Mandela Day Celebrations) and Russia (Cultural exchange – Russian and South African governments).

Kicking off the season of treasures’ entertainment lineup at The Boardwalk on 1 December 2018 is a one night only concert featuring international 80s and 90s’ singing sensations, Sybil and Judy Boucher. Performing under African skies on the Festival Lawns, they will be supported by homegrown talent including DJ Eazy E, Chapter THREE and Melissa Allison. Cape Town’s maestro Camillo Lombard and band back off of the acts. The event will commence at 16h00 and will run for six hours. Tickets are on sale at Computicket, with Golden Circle tickets priced at R450 and General Standing priced at R250.

“The Boardwalk is thrilled to partner with Marmalade Productions to bring these internationally acclaimed divas to Port Elizabeth during the season of treasures. This is just the start of a jam packed summer entertainment schedule,” says The Boardwalk’s Nqobile Majozi.

Sybil achieved wide acclaim for her cover versions of Dionne Warwick’s hits “Don’t Make Me Over” and “Walk on by”, which were released in 1989 and 1990, respectively. The former became Sybil’s biggest hit in the USA, peaking at No.20, and was a No.1 hit in New Zealand. “Walk on by” is still, to date, the highest charting position for this Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic in the UK, peaking at #6. Sybil’s second self-titled album became her biggest-selling album in the USA.

Boucher has had international success with many of her songs including her No.1 hit, “Dreaming of a little island” and “Tears on my pillow”, “Can’t be with you tonight”, “You caught my eye” and “My heart is yearning”. She is best known for her international hit single “Can’t be with you yonight”, which reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart in April 1987. Her Belgian tour remains one of the highlights of her career. At an appearance at one stadium, there were 40,000 people with lighted candles chanting “Judy Boucher” as she sang. A surprise call also came from South Africa informing her of being a massive hit there. She is a regular visitor to South African shores and her songs resonate with so many people and have become part of Cape culture.

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