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After a two-year absence, well-known broadcaster Iman Rappetti returns to eNCA with a brand new talk show called Madam Speaker.

Airing Thursday nights at 9.30pm, Iman will put newsmakers through their paces in front of a small group of ordinary South Africans. After her interrogation, the audience panel will have their chance to put their questions forward and state their views.

Weekly topics will range from politics and the economy to pressing social issues as well as arts and culture and religion. The idea is to give concerned citizens a chance to hear first-hand how real problems are being dealt with at the highest level and the opportunity to talk back.

Notes eNCA Editor-In-Chief Mapi Mhlangu, “Iman is a well-known face on the station and among the most accomplished talk show hosts in the country. She brings with her high energy, huge empathy and a real understanding of the daily battles South Africans are undergoing and for which they are demanding answers and accountability.”

Madam Speaker will also have a strong social media component, and eNCA’s viewers will have a chance to engage with all the guests.

“While I will continue with my work on radio, television broadcasting is in my blood, and I look forward to this exciting weekly interchange where South Africans can state their case first hand and press for answers on issues impacting on their lives,” says Iman. “My job will be to guide the discussion, but you all know me, I’m not short of opinions either!”

A search is already underway for audience panel members, some of whom are expected to become regular personalities in their own right.

Madam Speaker debuts on eNCA on Thursday, 22 November at 9:30pm.

Inaugural Award Will Honour the Actress for Her Extensive Work in Film and Television

Johannesburg, 8 November 2018: E! has announced that acclaimed actor, writer, producer and director Melissa McCarthy will be the inaugural recipient of “The People’s Icon of 2018” award at The E! People’s Choice Awards. McCarthy will be honoured for her work across film and television including The Heat, The Boss, Spy, Ghostbusters, Tammy, St. Vincent and Bridesmaids, which she was nominated for a SAG and an Academy Award. On the television side, she has amassed a total of eight Emmy nominations, three of which came from her role as Molly Flynn in the critically acclaimed series Mike and Molly garnering one win in 2011 for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series,” and her portrayal of Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live earning her second Emmy win for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series” in 2017. Additionally, McCarthy is nominated for “Comedy Movie Star of 2018” at this year’s ceremony. The E! People’s Choice Awards will broadcast live on Monday 12th November at 02:00 CAT on E! (DStv Channel 124).

Melissa McCarthy is a multi-talented actor, writer, producer and director and who has starred in some of the most iconic movies and television shows of the past decade,” said Jen Neal, Executive Producer, Live Events, Executive Vice President, Marketing for E! “She is beloved by the people and we couldn’t think of anyone more fitting or deserving to honour as ‘The People’s Icon of 2018.'”

Melissa McCarthy can currently be seen starring in Fox Searchlight’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? She starred earlier this year in Warner Bros. Life of the Party which she co-wrote and produced with husband Ben Falcone, who served as the film’s director, through their On the Day Productions. Next year she will star in Warner Bros. Superintelligence, directed by Ben Falcone and Warner Bros. The Kitchen. McCarthy has previously won four People’s Choice Awards, three in the Comedic Movie Actress category and one in the Comedic TV Actress category.

Founder of the non-profit organisation (NPO), One Chance At Life (OCAL) Global, Nicolene (Mostert) Anley (34), is pretty much the poster child of what a person should look like in order to make the world a better place.

But this type of person definitely needs stamina – and Nicolene most certainly does not lack anything is this department. She was one of the participants in the annual Journey for Change multiple times – a 10 day, 24 hour non-stop run and hand-cycle across South Africa. Yes, non-stop for 240 hours!

However, life fell into place for Nicolene when she was part of a team who took disabled (she calls them “differently abled”) athletes up Kilimanjaro, including the world’s first triple amputee, in 2014. “And this was where I found my calling, or should I say my calling found me…right there at the base of Kilimanjaro! It was there where I had my ‘AHA’ moment, which lead to starting OCAL Global,” she says.

Over and above this all, Nicolene is also a mom, model, activist and humanitarian. She states: “For me being a mom to the most epic young lady is the most amazing thing in the world. She is the one who inspires me daily to be the best person I can possibly be – as well as to do what I can to make the world a better place for her to live in.”

Nicolene’s vison to impact the world for better

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Amid increased reporting of antibiotic resistance (ABR) worldwide, local health experts have called on South African doctors and the public to more fully participate in and support efforts aimed at curbing the growing threat of antibiotic resistant superbugs in our country.

In general, doctors tend to err on the side of caution by prescribing antibiotics, but with the growing incidence of ABR, it is critical that doctors limit the prescribing of antibiotics to only those whose condition demands it or else it could soon render antibiotics ineffective. Reported cases of ABR have already reached well beyond tuberculosis in SA, which affects an estimated 450 000 South Africans per annum.

Medical experts, such as Dr Dean Gopalan, President of the Critical Care Society of SA and Head of Critical Care at the University of KZN, highlights the need to employ multiple strategies to minimize ABR. He singled out BugWise – an innovative app designed to curb the growing threat of antibiotic resistance as an important intervention that every doctor and patient should support.

“Without the widespread adoption and participation from patients and doctors, the impact of initiatives such as BugWise will be negligible. ABR requires the attention of every healthcare practitioner, as well as the general public. If left unchecked, it could claim 10 million lives per annum by 2050,” he says.

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Marmalade Productions and CB Entertainment are proud to announce international singing sensations, Sybil and Judy Boucher for one show only in Port Elizabeth this coming December. They will be supported by PE’s finest young talent and Cape Town’s maestro Camillo Lombard and band. The event will commence at 16h00 and will run for six hours.

Sybil achieved worldwide crossover hits with 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 #20, and was a #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. Besides her singing career Sybil is currently in Graduate School pursuing an advanced degree in Leadership Studies and Adult Education… Her intention is to be known a Dr Sybil. She is also the recipient of the college’s President Award, it signified that she was top staff member, as determined by upper administration. “My contributions and commitment to the institution were deemed as incredibly valuable and worthy of acknowledging.”   Learning and sharing of knowledge are an integral part of who I am too”. Sybil’

Judy 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 and she is best known for her international hit single “Can’t Be With You Tonight”, which reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart in April 1987. Her Belgian tour remains one of the highlights of her career; it was quite momentous. 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.  Judy holds the record for being the first female artist from the Caribbean to have the longest stay in the national charts and was voted as one of the top 25 most influential Vincentian songs in Jamaica. Judy is a regular visitor to our shores and her songs resonate with so many people and have become part of Cape culture.

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The prognosis is in! ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ and Dr Riaad Moosa is insisting that it is your best course of medication!

Research has shown that laughter is good for your health; it relaxes the whole body; boosts the immune system, triggers the release of endorphins; protects the heart and burns calories! Which means that it’s for your own good that you do not miss the third edition of Riaad Moosa & Friends at the brand new venue The Globe at Suncoast Casino on 22 December, 2018.

Joining Riaad Moosa for a top-notch night of entertainment are his good friends – and some of South Africa’s biggest comedy heavyweights – Annalakshmi, Celeste Ntuli, Chris Forrest, Joey Rasdien, Mo Vawda, Ndumiso Lindi, Neil Green, Sagie Murugan and Simmi Areff.

With this royal flush of SA comedy giants, this is guaranteed to be a show of hysterical proportions.

Get your prescription of laughter with Riaad Moosa & Friends as they take hilarity to the next level. The show is rated PG16. Tickets are available from R185 per person and can be booked through Computicket.

Another great production brought to you by your friends at Blu Blood. You’re welcome! After all, what are friends for? Visit www.blublood.com for more information.

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Inaugural Award Will Honour the Global Businesswoman for Her Influence on the Fashion Industry

Johannesburg, Monday 6 November: E! announced today Victoria Beckham will receive the first-ever The E! People’s Choice Awards Fashion Icon Award. The creative director of the Victoria Beckham brand and internationally recognized style icon will receive the award honouring her for her global influence on the fashion industry. The E! People’s Choice Awards will be broadcast live on E! (DStv Channel 124) on Monday 12th November at 02:00 CAT.

I feel so “honoured to be receiving the first ever fashion icon award at ‘The E! People’s Choice Awards.’ This year I am celebrating 10 Years of my brand, and this is a wonderful way to mark that decade,” said Victoria Beckham. “I am so grateful to be the inaugural recipient – I love what I do, and love that I have been given the opportunity to empower women through my collections – November 11 will be a very special moment for me.”

“Victoria Beckham is a powerful businesswoman, fashion designer and true inspiration and voice for modern-day women,” said Jen Neal, Executive Producer, Live Events, Executive Vice President, Marketing for E! “Celebrating its 10th anniversary, her brand is culturally influential across the globe and we couldn’t think of anyone better suited to receive the inaugural ‘The E! People’s Choice Awards’ Fashion Icon Award.”

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Santa is making a turn at The Boardwalk in December 2018 to meet his young followers. Children can have their photographs taken with the man himself at the Craft Workshop and also drop off their Christmas wish lists in the Santa Wish List box to stand a chance of winning a gift card worth R500.

Wish lists can be posted into Santa’s Wish List Box from 10 to 23 December 2018. Santa will be available for photographs from 12h00 to 16h00 daily between 10 and 23 December. As always, there is a ton of festive fun to be had at The Boardwalk over the holidays. Children can enjoy a host of activities at the Craft Workshop from 12h00 to 16h00, from 10 to 23 December.

Other family styled activities at The Boardwalk include:

Speedway Go-Kart Track – an action-packed grand prix track for emerging speedsters situated behind Vodacom Amphitheatre. Minimum heights apply. Trading hours: 15h00 to 23h00 on Fridays. 10h00 to 23h00 on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Magic Company – an amusement arcade with the latest computer and simulation games. Kids can choose from go karts, mini golf, bumper boats and a 3D/4D motion theatre. Trading hours: 10h00 to 22h00 from Sunday to Thursday. 10h00 to 00h00 on Fridays and Saturdays.

Adventure Golf – enjoy nine holes of adventure golf in tranquil surroundings with caves and water features. This is guaranteed fun for the whole family. Trading hours: 15h00 until late on Fridays and 10h00 until late on Saturdays and Sundays.

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The Ndlovu Youth Choir and Wouter Kellerman’s version of Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You is taking South Africa and the world by storm! The track, which was arranged by Ndlovu Youth Choir musical director Ralf Schmitt and award-winning flautist, composer and producer Wouter Kellerman, was released on 28 September 2018 on all digital platforms.

The official music video, which was filmed in the Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg, followed shortly thereafter.

“It has been a rollercoaster ride for all of us,” says Schmitt. “The song has exploded on social media and we have had incredible feedback from all around the world”

Kellerman, who worked closely with the choir in the production of the track, is no stranger to awards. He is a seven-time SAMA (South African Music Award) winner, and in 2015 he became the first individual South African artist to win a Grammy® after Mariam Makeba in 1966.

“It’s been such a privilege to work with the choir,” he says. “When I first heard them, I fell in love with their sound. They have so much talent, enthusiasm and spirit – and it’s really infectious! Each child spreads hope and a message that anything is possible.”

The Ndlovu Youth Choir is part of the Ndlovu Care Group and is based in the Moutse village in South Africa’s Limpopo province. It’s a remote, rural area, about two hours’ drive from Johannesburg – and about as far removed from the Los Angeles music scene as you’re likely to get.

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TAKING COLLABORATION TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Johannesburg, 2 November 2018: What will the queen of Tsonga do Now?
Still basking in the afterglow of her successful international music performances, the proudly pan-African Sho Madjozi has gathered an impressive list of nine artists who will collaborate to create magic with her on the Discovery Stage at the second One Source Live festival, at The Sheds at 1 Fox Street on 17 November.

Taking collaborations to the next level, the feisty Sho Madjozi will compose three tracks with what will undoubtedly be a masterstroke of creative genius featuring producers Tboy da Flame, Master KG and Makwa. She’s also roped in rappers Big Hash, Dee Koala and Jovie Jovv, along with singers Makhadzi, Nelisiwe and Mthandeni ft Gcokama Elisha.

“I chose my collaborators because they represent what I’m looking for, which is young African artists who are genuinely exciting and can be popular in Jozi and Thohoyandou and everywhere in-between. This is an exciting time to be African, and we are here to be part of that pan-African revolution,” said Sho Madjozi.

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