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Busisiwe Mmotla, from Emndeni was crowned Miss Soweto 2017, beating 19 other finalists at the Soweto Theatre on Saturday, 25 November 2017. The annual beauty pageant, proudly sponsored by White Star Super Maize Meal, was a glitzy and prestigious affair with world-class entertainment, featuring local and international performers.

Dazzling in a sleek and lacy red evening gown, the beauty queen took centre stage, flanked by her first princess, Musawenkosi Gumede from Naledi and second princess, Phumzile Nyembe from Diepkloof. Musawenkosi Gumede took the “Miss Personality” title as well, while Lindokuhle Cele from Emndeni was named “Miss Photogenic.” White Star also presented the “Social Butterfly” title to Nelisiwe Nyongwana for being the most active finalist on social media.

Mmotla is a 24-year old qualified teacher at a private school in Bramley; she has a passion for books, and plans on starting a programme to develop literacy skills for the youth of Soweto. One of her biggest goals is to surprise her hard-working mother with a new house. In addition, she plans to start a bursary foundation for learners in Soweto.

White Star sponsored the main prizes on the night, with Mmotla receiving the grand cash prize of R50 000 and the life-changing opportunity to represent White Star as a brand ambassador. The first and second princess received R10 000 and R5 000 respectively. International cosmetics brand, Black Radiance, presented all the finalists with hampers to make sure their faces are always camera ready; Even & Lovely made sure the girls maintained a radiant and glowing skin with a skincare hamper and also presented the top 3 ladies with tablets to aid them to stay connected and productive. Clinix Health Group generously sponsored the top 3 finalists with a healthcare cover for two years; while the fashion brand, Urban Zulu, made sure that the finalists embodied the spirit of young, contemporary African women with original outfits on the night. Continue reading

After a year of hard work or study, many South Africans are looking forward to the festive season and a chance to escape the routine of working and commuting.

But anyone who’s travelled to the coast during the holidays will know that South Africans’ favourite playgrounds can get very congested. Luane Lavery Brand Communication Manager for British Airways (operated by Comair) and kulula.com has the following suggestions for activities and places often overlooked by the crowds.

Fly, then drive: rather than spending precious time on your holiday behind the wheel, consider flying to your destination and hiring a vehicle once you arrive.

Most of us like having a vehicle at our disposal when we’re on holiday, but that can lead to congestion in the coastal centres. You may choose to reserve your hire car for longer drives and use public transport for shorter trips. In Cape Town for instance, the sophisticated and efficient MyCiti rapid bus transit system uses a swipe-card and on most routes there are buses every five minutes. Unlike the city’s train system, the busses are reliable and safe and the dedicated bus-lanes give speedy, easy access to hotspots across the city.

Attractions include areas of historic interest like the Bo Kaap, District Six and the Company’s Garden, and night-spots like Green and Mouille Point, Kloof and Long Streets, and the beaches of Camps Bay, Llandudno, Sea Point and Big Bay. Continue reading

Programme: The Big Secret
Premiere: Wednesday 29 November
Time: 21:30 CAT
Channel: BET (DStv channel 129)

This week, hidden truths of emotional abandonment come out as a family’s history is brought to light in BET’s The Big Secret, on BET (DStv channel 129) at 21:30 CAT on  Wednesday, 22 November.

Palesa Mlangeni is a 21 year old girl battling with feeling emotionally abandoned by her parents.  When she was 13, her father was given a job transfer to Limpopo.  After six months, Palesa’s mother requested a job transfer to join her husband.  She left her daughter in the care of her grandmother and aunts.  Palesa, who is an only child, grew up spoiled and pampered by her parents, but the move to Limpop changed all that.  Palesa reveals to her aunt that she could be bipolar, which causes her anger outbursts and self-mutilation.  But her aunt does not buy into Palesa’s self-diagnosis.
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Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters takes coveted title

Monday, November 27: Miss South Africa 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned Miss Universe, becoming the first Miss South Africa to take this prestigious title since Margaret Gardiner won in 1978.

At the pageant, held in Las Vegas in the US, an ecstatic Demi-Leigh competed against 91 contestants from around the globe – the biggest number of entrants in the history of the competition – and justified the faith thousands of South Africans had that she would win.

Runners-up were Miss Colombia (first princess) and Miss Jamaica (second princess).

The 22-year-old from Sedgefield in the Western Cape was one of the hot favourites going into the pageant and received huge support from around the world on social media. In the end, the Top 16 comprised four entrants from Asia Pacific and Africa; four from Europe; four from the Americas and four wild cards voted for by the judges.

In her acceptance speech Demi-Leigh said she was both proud and humbled to have won and that her dreams had become a reality. Continue reading

The e.tv exclusive free-to-air run of Roots ends on Monday 27 November.

Global smash hit TV series Roots comes to an end this week on e.tv, with the thrilling fourth and final instalment on Monday 27 November at 08:30PM.

The series, which reflects the heart-breaking struggles that many Africans encountered as they were taken from their homes and sold as slaves, took e.tv viewers on the journey of one such slave, Kunta Kinte. Roots concludes after more than 20 years of slavery, with Kinte’s Grandson, Chicken George, returning from England to the Lea farm after he was given his freedom.

In his absence, his family was sold off to North Carolina. Once he tracks them down, he is reunited with Matilda – but finds his youngest boy, a master blacksmith, is now the leader of the family. A quiet, hardworking young man, Tom nurses a rage against his father, who he blames for abandoning the family. George meets up with a young, hot-headed slave, Cyrus, with whom he joins the Memphis Colored Battery. Inspired by a vision of Kunta Kinte, George’s son Tom rescues him commits a heroic act that will change the course of the family’s history. Continue reading

The Film Premiere

SA short film, THE BULL, premieres this Thursday, 23 November, to cast, crew, supporters and industry VIPs at The Labia in Cape Town with a brief panel Q&A discussion offered after both screenings (one at 7pm and the other at 7h30pm). The filmmakers would like to submit the film to top tier international film festivals and are in the process of running an intensive crowdfunding campaign in the hopes of raising the funds required for festival submission fees.

THE BULL Short Film

The short film falls into the genre of magical realism as American-born / South African-at-heart writer and director Kelsey Egan explores the mythology of shape-shifting alongside South African traditions and themes of strength, longing and love of family.

Producer Benike Palfi says: “Kelsey’s been living in South Africa for over ten years and is completely enamoured with our beautiful country. It’s a love that is evident in all her work and THE BULL is no exception.”

Egan wrote the script about three years ago and promptly shelved it as she knew the complex production elements required to bring the story to life made the film practically “unproducible”; but producers Palfi and Rafeeqah Galant fell in love with the project and committed themselves into making the impossible a reality. Working closely with Kelsey, they managed to assemble a talented team to breathe life into the film. Continue reading

Doc-U-Mentally – an award-winning film about the extreme pressures junior doctors face in South Africa is now available on DVD for R200.

The documentary that was produced and directed by Francois Wahl, follows the story of five doctors from vastly diverse backgrounds, during five hair-raising calls. It’s a race against time, which shows how these doctors battle through the trauma and mayhem of a 30-hour work shift at Ngwelezane Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal.

Since its debut last year, scores of fans and aspiring doctors have been waiting for the film’s DVD release. Thanks to the financial support from Pharma Dynamics – one of the main backers of the film – Doc-U-Mentally will soon also be accessible on iTunes and Netflix.

For more info on DVD sales and when the film will be made available for online viewing, visit www.documentally.co.za. Also log on to www.facebook.com/DocUmentallyFilm for more detail on the film.

Doc-U-Mentally won the award for ‘Best Cinematography’ at this year’s prestigious South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) and was also voted the Best South African Documentary at the Jozi Film Festival in 2016.

The gripping 82-minute film attempts to hit home the plight of junior doctors in SA and serves as a strong catalyst for change in SA’s under-resourced healthcare sector.

Sponsors include Pharma Dynamics, the SA Medical Association, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission and fellow doctors who raised significant funds to produce the film via a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Programme: The Big Secret
Premiere: Wednesday 22 November
Time: 21:30 CAT
Channel: BET (DStv channel 129)
Confessing your sins and revealing your darkest secrets is a big step towards repentance, but not everyone is strong enough to deal with the consequences once the secret is out.  Khanyi Mbau will hold the confessor’s hand on tonight’sepisode of The Big Secret, on BET (DStv channel 129) at 21:30 CAT on  Wednesday, 22 November.

Miriam is a pastor’s daughter and leader of a young women’s club at her church. She teaches teenage girls how to live according to Christian values and to uphold the moral code of the church. But Miriam is struggling to live by the values she preaches about. Unable to manage her guilt she confesses her sins to her church sister Phindi.

The local creation and production of THE BIG SECRET is indicative of Viacom International Media Networks socio-economic contribution of working with local production houses in this case, Endemol, to create local and relevant content that resonates with South African audiences. THE BIG SECRET raises relevant pro social topics in each episode and is a strong illustration of how our BET channel creates content for audiences on important matters.
Catch the big reveal Wednesdays at 21:30 on The Big Secret on BET (DStv channel 129).

Visit www.betafrica.tv, like and chat to us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/BETinAfrica, or join the conversation about the channel on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #BigSecretBET

Springbok captain, Eben Etzebeth, and hooker Malcolm Marx had x-rays on Sunday to determine the severity of injuries sustained in Saturday’s 18-17 win over France in Paris.

Springbok captain, Etzebeth, picked up a lower leg injury in the last few minutes of the clash, while Marx received a blow to his shoulder in the match, the second in South Africa’s Castle Lager Outgoing Series tour.
“Eben and Malcolm’s x-rays were both normal, however, Malcolm will go for a MRI scan on Monday to further investigate his injury,” explained Dr Konrad von Hagen, the Springbok team doctor.

Meanwhile, flank and vice-captain, Siya Kolisi, returned home today as his wife Rachel will give birth to their second child in the coming week. He will however return to the touring party and will be available for the last match of the tour against Wales in Cardiff.

Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, was pleased the Boks had managed to grind out a close fought win over Les Blues in the Stade de France. Continue reading

Cape Town, November 16th, 2017 – Tickets for South Africa’s most elegant horseracing event, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival – to take place at Kenilworth Racecourse, Cape Town, from Friday to Saturday, 5-6 January, 2018 – go on sale at Computicket, today from 12pm.

This will be the second year that the event takes place over two days. On Friday, a limited number of guests will be able to experience the LQP Garden Party (R 500 per person) complete with bottomless L’Ormarins MCC, Heineken-on-tap, a harvest table, live jazz and access to the racing. This is probably the best value ticket of the weekend as it also entitles guests to access the famous Style Lounge Village on the second day of the festival.

The Somerset Room on Friday (R 300 per person) will cater for guests who prefer a sit-down, three course luncheon and beautiful views of the track and Table Mountain. Guests will also have access to the races and a private bar with toilet and tote facilities.

As is tradition, Saturday’s festivities will include the Style Lounge (R 350 per person), which provides access to the Style Lounge Village, where guests can mingle while enjoying horse racing, entertainment, fine Anthonij Rupert wines, L’Ormarins Brut, local food vendors, tote facilities, parking, and last but not least: the all-too-famous after party. Continue reading

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