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As organisers reveal exciting new format

Pretoria, May 3: This year’s Top 12 Miss South Africa finalists – one of whom will be crowned Miss South Africa 2018 on May 27 – have been announced as the pageant proudly celebrates its 60th anniversary with a dramatic and exciting change to its format.

Traditionally, during the final on pageant night, the top 12 finalists are reduced to five, from which a second princess is announced, followed by a first princess and then the winner.

This year, following the cut to the top five finalists, the organisers will go straight to a top two announcement. One of the pair will be named Miss World South Africa and one will receive the title of Miss Universe South Africa. Both will go on to represent South Africa on the global stage in each respective competition.

However, as there can be only one reigning Miss South Africa, the two winners will be asked one final question by the judges as the pageant draws to a close. Their answers will determine who is crowned as the official Miss South Africa 2018.

The Top 12 finalists, who each receive a prize package valued at R180 000, come from six of the country’s provinces. They are an impressive group and include several medical, science and law students and a number of BComm and BSc graduates.

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Sun International’s award winning The Boardwalk is paying more than just lip service to its commitment to environmental sustainability. Since 2016, the complex – comprising The Boardwalk International Convention Centre, five star Boardwalk hotel, casino and retail area – has stepped up its efforts to improve the water and energy efficiency of its operations. Through several interventions and behavioural change, The Boardwalk is saving over R1-million annually on water and energy costs, and is on track to achieving its “green goals’.

“The Boardwalk takes to heart its obligation to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment and to use resources such as water and electricity efficiently. We are very proud of the achievements we have made in this regard in recent years. It is also pleasing to see the willingness of our employees to support our endeavours to go adopt ‘greener’ working practices,” says General Manager, Mike van Vuuren.

According to van Vuuren, The Boardwalk started its ‘green journey’ about five years ago, but efforts were stepped up in 2016. Over the years, several technological interventions have been completed to save both water and electricity.

To curb electricity consumption, The Boardwalk has replaced all conventional lighting equipment in the hotel and casino with energy efficient alternatives such as LEDs and CFLs; fitted variable speed drives on all motors and pumps to maximize their efficiencies and control their electricity usage, and has modified its two chillers for air conditioning so that only one is used during cooler winter days. The hotel is now using heat exchange methods for cooling purposes and for heating the indoor pool.

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Following the success of JAN, his debut television show on VIA (DStv 147) last year, South African Michelin-star chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen is launching a luxury publication called JAN the JOURNAL on May 9, 2018.

Like van der Westhuizen’s bestselling recipe books, the JOURNAL, a bi-annual publication, will be a visual feast – part coffee-table cookbook, part luxury lifestyle magazine and part-travelogue. With more than 250 pages, the JOURNAL promises to take the reader on an epicurean voyage of discovery, exploring the big wide world of what we eat and where it comes from, with a special focus on South African ingredients and recipes.

With over 50 recipes in this epic volume, the JOURNAL promises to be the culinary event of the year.

Says van der Westhuizen: “Nothing celebrates life like the act of dining. Setting a table with flowers and candles for the sole purpose of gathering together allows us to reflect on everything that is beautiful about life.

“I want the JOURNAL to reawaken our curiosity about food and where it comes from and I invite everyone to go on this journey with me, dining to honour the life of food, because everything should lead back to the table.”

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Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown
SA’s oldest Jazz festival celebrates great legacies with youthful verve​

The countdown to the 2018 Standard Bank Jazz Festival kicks off with a line-up of leading musicians poised to make it an unforgettable 31st addition at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

Taking place from 28 June until 7 July, the programme will celebrate great jazz legacies with a league of world-class musicians, reimagining them with a youthful verve.

“This year’s programme will celebrate key jazz milestones, give a nod to great musical traditions from across the African continent and showcase some of the best among what Europe and the United States has to offer today,” says Alan Webster, Director of the Standard Bank Jazz Festival.

Thandi Ntuli

Thandi Ntuli

Classics from the great pool of hip-hop and soul music genius are given a jazz treatment by the Rebirth of Cool led by pianist Thandi Ntuli – the current Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz – and DJ Kenzhero. The lofty legacy of the historic band, the Blue Notes is revisited with dexterous musical adoration by star-studded Blue Notes Tribute Orchestra led by trumpeter Marcus Wyatt. Award-winning writer Percy Mabandu will lead an interdisciplinary performance to mark the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Yakhal’inkomo, the historic record released in 1968 by the late saxophonist, Winston Mankunku Ngozi. The project will bring together literature with the masterful jazz musicianship of Andile Yenana, Shane Cooper, Ayanda Sikade and Linda Sikhakhane and Sisonke Xonti.

The late, great John Coltrane devotee, American saxophonist Michael Brecker will have his music reimagined by a band led by Norwegian saxophonist Petter Wettre in a project titled “Don’t try this at home” – A Tribute to Michael Brecker. Well-known American pianist Aaron Goldberg (US), has for two decades toured the world with Joshua Redman and brings his trio to Africa for the first time.

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Tanya Nefdt will host The Spotlight.

Get ready for glamour, glitz and a little bit of grit in The Spotlight on the eMedia platforms this May.

Hosted by the effervescent Tanya Nefdt, The Spotlight will bring you the latest movie, theatre and arts news from South Africa and around the world. It will also profile rising stars and shine a light on major talking points in the arts industry featuring insightful guests giving different viewpoints on the discussed topics.

Tanya, already well known to e.tv and eNCA audiences for her bubbly personality and fresh approach to reporting, is very excited to be hosting her own show. “The Spotlight’s got glamour, glitter and maybe just a bit of gossip, but importantly it will have grit as well. The arts industry is facing many challenges so we open these discussions with our viewers who we want to engage with. You will not want to miss The Spotlight every week on the eMedia platform of channels” Says Nefdt.

The weekly entertainment show will premiere on eNCA on 5 May followed by premieres on e.tv and eBella.

Premiere times for The Spotlight:
eNCA (Channel 403 on DStv) on Saturday 5 May at 8:30AM
e.tv (Channel 104 on OpenView and Channel 194 on DStv) on Sunday 6 May at 12:30PM
eBella (Channel 109 on OpenView and Channel 159 on DStv) Thursday 10 May at 8:30PM

Attention all royal fans and those who enjoy a happy occasion and good TV!

ITV Choice (DStv 123) is very pleased to announce that the channel will broadcast live, comprehensive coverage of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19 from a specially constructed studio on The Long Walk in Windsor.

The coverage of Harry and Meghan – The Royal Wedding, which will start at 10:25 and run through to16:00 (SA time), will be hosted by Julie Etchingham and Phillip Schofield who will be joined by a range of guests including those who know Prince Harry and Meghan, as well as friends of the Royal family.

Also joining Etchingham and Schofield for live coverage of the day will be Mary Nightingale who will be positioned at Windsor Castle, spotting and interviewing guests as they arrive, accompanied by a line-up of fashion experts and Royal commentators.

Rageh Omaar will exclusively join Sentebale, the charity co-founded by Prince Harry, for traditional wedding day celebrations in Lesotho. He will be live from the ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre where he will be joined by beneficiaries and staff many of whom have met and been supported by Prince Harry during his numerous visits to the country.

James Mates will lead live commentary of the service from inside St George’s Chapel.

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In true “Thuma Mina” style British Airways connects praise poet with President Cyril Ramaphosa

 Johannesburg, 24 April 2018 – In true British Airways (operated by Comair) style, President Cyril Ramaphosa was given an unofficial inauguration and welcome aboard a flight from Durban to Johannesburg earlier this week.

British Airways (operated by Comair) honoured the President by sending first-time flyer and praise poet, Lutendo Evans Mugagadeli, known as “Vendaboy Poet” to give him a warm welcome on board.

Bridgette Ramuluvhana, Marketing Manager for British Airways (operated by Comair), said, “Mr Mugagadeli recently said in an interview that he’d be honoured to meet the President and act as his official praise poet. We were delighted to make that happen and to ensure Mr Ramaphosa had a presidential welcome aboard. It exemplifies the British Airways brand promise, ‘To Fly. To serve.’”

South African actor, model, rapper and presenter Jesse Suntele is set to join the word of Rhythm City, he will TX on the 7th of May as Nqaba, Suffocate’s son who was based in Ghana.

Nqaba is a suave, intelligent and good looking young man with a good head on his shoulders. He has clean and sober habits, but he occasionally goes out for a drink with friends or alone after a stressful day. Girls gravitate towards him like bees on honey and he knows it, but he is by no means a player. He simply loves the attention. Despite his charm and laid-back appearance, Nqaba is quick with his fists when provoked – he is, after all, Suffocate’s son.

Suffo learns that things have not been all hunky-dory in Zothile’s house since she revealed that Nqaba was Suffo’s son. He allows Nqaba to live with him and Puleng, as long as he promises to stay out of trouble. But being Suffo’s son, Nqaba can’t avoid getting into trouble occasionally, especially because of his quick temper.
Catch Jesse Suntele on Rhythm City from the 7th of May.

 There’s a celebration of British Royalty on ITV Choice (DStv channel 123) next month with a season of exclusive programming in honour of the forthcoming Royal wedding on May 19 and a new Royal baby due any day now.

The Royal campaign starts on Friday, May 4, at 20h00 and includes a number of special documentaries and tributes to Prince Harry and his bride-to-be Meghan Markle; a look at the wedding of The Queen and Prince Philip and the marriages of the Windsor wives including Diana, Fergie, Camilla and Kate.

The full, not-to-be-missed Royal line-up is as follows:

A Very Royal Wedding – Friday, May 4 at 20h00
A Very Royal Wedding celebrates the 70th anniversary of The Queen and Prince Philip’s marriage in November 1947. Presenter Alexander Armstrong discovers how a battered post-war Britain pulled off the wedding of the century against the odds. This feature-length documentary includes contributions from Joan Collins and Sheila Hancock, sharing their memories of the wedding, as well as revealing insights from those who were part of the big day, such as page boy Prince Michael of Kent. This was “the people’s wedding” and Armstrong meets the ordinary people, who made this such a special occasion, including one of the seamstresses responsible for the spectacular wedding dress and three of the choir boys who performed at Westminster Abbey. Armstrong also recreates The Queen’s exquisite three carat diamond engagement ring, her beautiful wedding bouquet and her show-stopping wedding cake.
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In celebration of 20 years of Mercurial, NIKEiD is bringing back the iconic designs from football’s epic quadrennial tournament…but with a twist: The graphics of the past are combined with contemporary 360 innovation.

All of the styles are available in both the Vapor and Superfly silhouette.

In addition, the bold Mercurial aesthetic transfers to the all-new Air Max 270. While this isn’t the first time that the Mercurial has influenced more than football boots, it is the first time the latest Air Max silhouette has taken on-pitch colorways off-pitch through NIKEiD.

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