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MTV Base (DStv channel 322) and the colourful, fruit-flavoured cooler Breezer in association with Fiat, are heading coastal to bring the much anticipated VJ search to East London. Auditions kick off on Saturday, 4 August 2018 at the East London Gold Club between 09:00 and 16:00.

The crews will be looking for East London’s top two stars, with enough confidence, vibrancy and talent to make it into the top 10. The official after-party to celebrate the East London leg will be held at Buccaneers on Sunday, 5 August, featuring performances by DJ Tira, OkMalumKoolKat, Lerato Kganyago, DJ Anda and many more. As for Johannesburg fans, best you get your skills waxed and gear ready. The MTV Base and Breezer crews will be heading to Soweto’s Zone 6 on the 18th of August for the final round of auditions.

Celebrity judges include funny man Thomas Gumede (Ridiculousness Africa), television personality Boity Thulo and music icon Kelly Khumalo, who will be putting the spotlight on SA’s talent who are bringing their most colourful and vibrant personalities to the fore, in the hopes of becoming the next MTV Base VJ.

With seriously cool prizes up for grabs – a 12-month contract with MTV Base, a vibrant, all expenses paid trip for 2 to Thailand compliments of Breezer, a year supply of fruity Breezers to keep life colourful, and a brand new Fiat Tipo worth over R300 000 – it’s no doubt SA’s talented youth is gearing up for the excitement.

How To Survive The 2018 MTV VJ Search Auditions The Breezer Way

Here’s a list of tips and tricks for contestants to experience the auditions the Breezer way – with a dash of good, crazy fun to make the MTV Base VJ Search even more light, cool and colourful! Breezer’s Survival Guide will help hopefuls kill it, while also enjoying the colourful moments through the day that will add fun to their lives forever.

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August 10, Kesha will celebrate the one-year anniversary of her two-time Grammy-nominated album ‘Rainbow’ by releasing a behind-the-scenes documentary exclusively on Apple Music. Directed by Kesha along with her brother Lagan Sebert and Kevin Hayden, and produced by Magic Seed Productions, Rainbow – The Film details the creation of the album and echoes her most recent LP’s messages of self-love, perseverance and strength.

“Making ‘Rainbow’ the album was such a therapeutic process and given the opportunity to turn it into a three dimensional piece of art has helped me find even deeper healing and catharsis,” said Kesha. “I hope this film inspires others to never give up even if you feel full of hurt or lost, because after the storm comes a rainbow.  Depression, anxiety and mental illness are things we all need to talk about more, and there is no shame in asking for help.  Making the decision to work on yourself is the bravest thing you can do.  I hope this film helps bring light and love to everyone”
Rainbow – The Film mixes vérité documentary with psychedelic vignettes to share the story of Kesha’s battle with inner demons and real life struggles. An inspiring story of redemption meditating on how some of life’s darkest setbacks can be transformed into strength and healing, the film features a plethora of previously unseen footage chronicling Kesha’s joy playing rock clubs and dive bars around the country, writing and recording ‘Rainbow’, preparing for her daunting yet triumphant performance at this year’s GRAMMY Awards and more.

Watch the Apple Music trailer HERE 

Heinz Winckler teams up with Loyiso Bala and Neville D for the anthemic and inspirational brand new single about unity in the church entitled “It’s Time”, releasing to radio on 1 August 2018, to online platforms on 10 August 2018, and a music video coming in September.

In a time where it seems to many people that our nation is more divided than ever, the message of unity is of utmost importance. It is very clear from Jesus’s own words that he desires his disciples, his children to be united in Him. In John 13:34 he commands us to love one another because that’s how the world will know we are his disciples. In John 17 Jesus earnestly prays to the Father that we as his disciples will be one just as Jesus and the Father are one because that’s how the world will believe that the Father has sent him.

There are many other scriptures that call for unity in the body of Christ. It is clear how important it is to our God that we as his followers stand together. If the church of Jesus, the body of our Lord, with access to God’s supernatural power and authority can’t live in unity, what chance does the world have? It’s time that the church, the whole body of Christ, no matter what race, denomination or class, unites and be as one to walk in the fullness of it’s calling. It’s time that we set the example of what love is supposed to be. It’s time that we take the lead in building a healthy nation.

That is what this new song “It’s Time” is all about. It’s a call to action for the church. It’s an invitation to the world to walk in love and unity.

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Johannesburg, 1 August 2018 – MTV (DStv channel 130) today announced that global superstar Jennifer Lopez will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2018 MTV VMAs.  She is also set to perform live at this year’s show for the first time since 2001 and is nominated for two “VMAs” for her most recent single, “Dinero.” With a legacy that spawns over two decades, Lopez is one of the most iconic and influential multi-hyphenates across music, film, television, fashion, business and philanthropy.

Lopez joins a prestigious list of past Vanguard recipients that includes Michael Jackson, Madonna, Guns N’ Roses, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, BEYONCÉ, Kanye West, Rihanna and P!nk.

The “VMAs” will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday, 21 August 03:00 CAT and repeat the same night at 21:15 CAT across MTV’s global network of channels in more than 180 countries and territories, reaching more than half a billion households around the world.
Since her first album, “On the 6,” debuted in 1999, Lopez has transformed the global music scene, including selling over 80 million records worldwide, 40 million albums, 16 top 10 hit songs, and three #1 albums. In addition to her music, Lopez has made her mark in film and television. Her films have grossed over $2.9 billion worldwide, five of which opened at #1. Her portrayal of the Latin music sensation “Selena” earned her widespread acclaim. Lopez’ simultaneous release of her second studio album “J.Lo” and her romantic comedy “The Wedding Planner” paved the way for her to become the first woman to have a number one album and film in the same week.
Lopez’s production company Nuyorican Productions has produced numerous film and television projects, including the box office hit “Boy Next Door,” Freeform’s award-winning series “The Fosters,” and the NBC hit drama “Shades of Blue.”  In addition to starring in “Shades of Blue,” Lopez also serves as an executive producer and a judge on NBC’s hit dance competition show “World of Dance.”  Lopez will next be seen starring in and producing STX’s upcoming feature film “Second Act,” slated to release in November 2018, alongside Leah Remini, Milo Ventimiglia and Vanessa Hudgens.

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The African Philanthropy Forum (APF) is set to hold its Annual Conference at The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg on August 1 and 2, 2018.

Themed “Potential and Reality: Bridging the Gap”, this year’s Conference aims to create a platform for speakers and delegates to discuss tailored solutions to issues around health, population explosion, education, regional integration in Africa, climate change among others, and the role philanthropists can play in actualizing the Africa we all dream about. The Conference will also present opportunities to explore collaborations and partnerships for increased impact.

Over the 2-day period, a diverse group of visionary leaders from philanthropists, social investors, heads of foundations and corporate organizations to NBA stars and legends will gather to learn and share best practices that have been garnered over decades of industry experience in Africa and across the world.

Among those confirmed to participate include; H.E Thabo Mbeki, Founder Thabo Mbeki Foundation and Former President, the Republic of South Africa, Dr Judy Dlamini, Executive Chairperson, Mbekani Group, Yvone Chaka Chaka, Founder, Princess of Africa Foundation, Donne Nicole, CEO, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, Senior Economic Advisor, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative, renowned activist and Founder of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement, Phuti Mahanyele, Executive Chairperson, Sigma Capital, Nyokabi Kenyatta, Director, Kenyatta Trust, Graça Machel, Founder, Graça Machel Trust, Dikembe Mutombo, former NBA star and Founder, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation.

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Year-on-year there has been a 12% increase in customers opting for paperless invoicing which is saving the City some R2,1 million per year alone on postage, printing and paper costs. It is hoped that the number of paperless invoices will increase rapidly over the next few years as it holds an environmental benefit and ensures that the delivery of invoices is not disrupted by events such as strikes which often affect the delivery of mail. Read more below:

Of the 972 200 invoices that the City of Cape Town issues every month, some 23% or 223 794 invoices are sent out via email. All customers with cell numbers also receive an SMS for the amount billed and due after every month’s billing period.

The City’s drive to go paperless reduces costs, improves efficiency for its customers and decreases reliance on the South African Post Office, especially when strikes occur.

The emailing of invoices has grown by 12% from 198 559 in June 2017 to 223 794 in June 2018.

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Aidan Maddocks (14), from Pietermaritzburg, was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia at birth, a childhood liver disease that only affects 1 in 10,000–15,000 live births and was given a life expectancy of only 2 years, news that “crushed”first time parents, Carmen (42) and Allistair (48).

At 3 months old, Aidan underwent a Kasai Operation at Albert Luthuli Hospital to remove any problematic bile ducts outside his liver that were either abnormally narrow, blocked, or absent. Whilst the surgery was a success, it was said to only be temporary solution, expected to last 12 years.

The Carter High School Student has since birth surpassed all expectations placed on him, he’s in the top class for grade 8, despite doctors predicting he would struggle through school and he has made his parents very proud.

“Aidan is a very gentle child. He is witty, loves joking around and has a fantastic sense of humor despite the challenges he’s had to overcome in his short life“ – says mum, Carmen.

As predicted, the Kasai procedure, which has for years allowed bile to be drained from Aidan’s liver is no longer viable as his liver is severely damaged and deteriorating at a rapid rate.

“The news of Aidan’s failing liver has shaken us, although we knew this day would come. As a parent there’s no way you can prepare for this emotional roller-coaster. The fact that things could change in an instant is very frightening.” – says Carmen.

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She will forever be remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein, but the real-life story of Mary Shelley, and how one of the world’s most famous monsters came to life, is nearly as ‘fantastical’ as her fiction.  The film opens at South African cinemas nationwide on the 3rd of August, aptly ahead of Women’s Day. Continue reading

Got hurt during a heist, battered during a bank robbery or shot pulling a shady job? Then make a reservation at ‘Hotel Artemis’ – a secret, members-only hospital for criminals.

Set in riot-torn Los Angeles, first-time director Drew Pearce’s HOTEL ARTEMIS is an energetic action-thriller. Pearce, whose previous screenwriting credits include blockbusters like Iron Man 3 and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, was also responsible for writing the screenplay for this, his first original feature film, which opens at SA cinemas on the 3rd of August.

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Members of the Springbok training squad and Springbok Sevens Women players rolled up their sleeves on Wednesday to contribute towards several charity projects in celebration of #MandelaDay.

As part of SA Rugby’s outreach programme and in conjunction with Springbok sponsors MTN, the players also delivered blankets to each of the different venues.

Bongi Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe, Coenie Oosthuizen, Wilco Louw and Trevor Nyakane as well as several SA Rugby staff members kicked off the day’s activities with a visit to the Kin Culture orphanage in Klapmuts on the outskirts of Paarl in the Western Cape.

The group participated in a prayer session and spent quality time with some of the children, staff members and volunteers of the care village.

Then it was off to the township of Mfuleni outside Stellenbosch, where they met up with a few other members of the Springbok training group and Springbok Sevens Women representatives – Embrose Papier, Salmaan Moerat and Damian Willemse, as well as Veroeshka Grain, Megan Comley and Chane Stadler – to give a helping hand at a Habitat for Humanity building project.

The players joined up with several other volunteer groups who are building three houses in support of initiatives of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in partnership with Habitat for Humanity SA and the Department of Human Settlements. Oosthuizen and Nyakane also handed over a batch of blankets to the local primary school.

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