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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.

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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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Sho Madjozi

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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As the Matric class of 2018 settle into the rhythm of their final exams, an education expert has warned them not to become complacent thinking the ‘worst’ is behind them, but instead to knuckle down and give it their best sustained effort right until the end.

“It’s all about strategy, and fighting for every last mark you are able to score in your remaining papers,” says Nola Payne, Head of Faculty: Information and Communications Technology at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest private higher education institution.

“Consistency is key right now, and you will thank your future self for not getting distracted by the light at the end of the tunnel, but rather approaching each paper as a new opportunity to take your grades from good to spectacular,” says Payne.

She says the reason for not relaxing now, with mostly the “easier” subjects remaining, is because small aggregate differences, whether in a specific subject or overall results, can significantly influence options after school.

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The Toyota Cheetahs finally got their breakthrough victory in the Guinness Pro 14 on Saturday as they delivered a spirited performance against the Cardiff Blues in Bloemfontein for a 21-10 win, their first of the season.

Franco Smith’s charges were fired up after a two week break following a slow start to the season and they produced a determined display, in which speedster Sibahle Maxwane scored a brace and Shaun Venter crossed the tryline in the first half. Tian Schoeman converted all three tries, while the side limited the visitors a penalty goal for their efforts in the half.

The second half was less eventful, and it showed on the scoreboard as the only try scored was compliments of a charge-down by the Cardiff Blues with 14 minutes to play, which saw them go down 21-10. But the home team’s defence held firm in the face of a Welsh onslaught for a memorable victory.

In Port Elizabeth on Friday evening, the Isuzu Southern Kings produced an impressive first half showing against 2018 Guinness PRO14 finalists, the Scarlets, and entered the break 20-15 up thanks to back-to-back tries by Masixole Banda and Yaw Penxe, and two penalty goals by Banda.

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JAZZ Workshops & Classes from 28 November to 1 December.

Concert UCT, Cape Town – 30 November (free entry, booking essential.)

Concert Oude Libertas, Stellenbosch – 2 December. (Tickets at Computicket.)

The Cape Town Music Academy (CTMA), a not for profit company creating opportunities for contemporary musicians in the Western Cape, is hosting a series of FREE jazz workshops and master classes for music students and musicians in collaboration with UCT’s South African College of Music, at the end November (28 Nov – 1 Dec). The tutors who will be presenting the classes are some of the world’s best jazz educators and performers from South Africa, Germany and Mongolia.

Joining the workshop from Germany, is the world class trumpeter and the Head of the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts Jazz Department, Professor Claus Reichstaller, and double bassist and Jazz Bass Lecturer, also at Munich University, Martin Zenker. Reichstaller, being a Big Band expert will be focusing on aspects of Big Band Playing, Phrasing, Improvisation, Breathing Techniques and Practice Routine.

Zenker has also done innovative work in creating educational opportunities in Mongolia, and apart from his position at Munich University, is also the Head of the Jazz Department at the Mongolian State Conservatory for Music & Dance and is also the Project leader of the Goethe – Musiklabor in Ulan Bator. For his work, he has received the second highest honour from the Mongolian State in cultural achievement – “Seuljin Terguune Adjiltang”. Zenker will be teaching Harmonic Issues of Bass Playing, Repertoire, Memorizing Techniques and Stylistic Diversity.

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In 2014, Babalwa Latsha’s mother asked her if she had lost her mind when she found out that her daughter took up rugby, and four years later, the Western Province prop is on the verge of earning her first Test cap for the Springbok Women.

Latsha has had a meteoric rise in rugby in the last few years after being asked to fill the last spot in the University of the Western Cape’s Women’s Sevens team for the University Sports South Africa (USSA) games in 2014 despite not knowing much about the game.

It was a steep learning curve but she carefully studied her opponents and other players, and after working very hard Latsha was named in the SA Students Women’s team before being drafted into Western Province’s 15-a-side team in 2015. A year later, she was named the union’s Women’s Player of the Year, and in 2017 she earned the SA Rugby’s Women’s top achiever award.

Latsha had her first taste of international rugby in 2017 when she toured the UK with the SA Select Women’s team where they faced the British Army and the England Academy team, and went on to represent the Springbok Women’s Sevens team in the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco in July. Only a few months later she is in line to earn her first Test cap for the Springbok Women when they travel to Europe next week for matches against Wales, Spain and Italy.

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