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Talent is often discovered in places where one least expects to find it and each year the TOPstars singing competition discovers amazing talent among ordinary retail workers. TOPstars is a singing performance contest run by the Shoprite Group of Companies for their over 148 000 employees across Africa and islands in the Indian Ocean.

As the largest private sector employer on the continent, the Group needs innovative ways to expand and grow. TOPstars empowers our employees to be the best they can be in the workplace and unites people to support the company’s growth plans.

Since its inception 12 years ago, TOPstars continues to progress in its application of purpose and value both in people and their role in the workplace. “The project highlights the ethos that a strong individual makes a stronger team, encouraging pride and effort to achieve quality. These are principles which become the motivation to work towards excellence”, says Callie Burger, Shoprite Group’s Human Resources General Manager.

The TOPstars judges will be travelling across Africa to countries where the Shoprite Group has a footprint, during an annual road show kicking off on 11 June this year, in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth. It’s clear that the contest keeps growing bigger each year with entries received from as far as Ghana, Uganda and Madagascar.

This year’s judging panel is again led by well-known music artist and TOPstars producer Mynie Grové and the very charming SABC 3 morning Expresso Show presenter, Katlego Maboe, who 3will be the roadshow MC and is also part of the judging panel.  Three of South Africa’s best vocal and performance coaches, Amanda Luyt, Shawn George and Heinrich Frans joins the team this year and will be guiding semi-finalists for a chance to reach the Finals in October.

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Entries for the 2018 Cape Union Mart Adventure Film Challenge are officially open! Great news for South African adventure-loving filmmakers hoping to make it to the big-screen.

To enter, submit a YouTube link to your five-minute film, showcasing your passion for outdoor adventure, on www.banff.co.za. The winning submission will be screened alongside international adventure films at the Banff Mountain Film Festival to be shown in Ster-Kinekor cinemas countrywide. Thousands of adventure enthusiasts gather to watch the BANFF, featuring an exhilarating collection of films that explore the mountain world, highlighting new landscapes and remote cultures, and exposes audiences to exciting adventures and adrenaline-packed sports!

This year’s Adventure Film Challenge winner will also receive a R10,000 cash prize and K-Way gear to the value of R5,000.

This year marks the fifth instalment of the annual competition that provides aspiring filmmakers with a platform to “get stoked, film it and be recognised”.

Submissions in this year’s Challenge will be judged on storyline, creativity, originality, visual composition and technical execution, along with editing, sound, music and overall impression. Films must be no longer than five minutes (300 seconds), including titles and credits. Entries close at 12:00 on 30 June 2018 and the winner will be selected by an external panel of judges who are involved in South Africa’s outdoor film scene.

For more information, visit https://www.banff.co.za or www.capeunionmart.co.za

Leading paper and plastic recycler, Mpact Recycling has announced that it will partner with the Mrs South Africa empowerment programme for the fourth consecutive year, this time as one of the main sponsors of the event. The decision is aimed at enlisting the help of contestants to raise awaresess around the importance of recycling in local communities.

More than a traditional beauty pageant, Mrs South Africa is a female empowerment programme focused on raising the profile of women who strive to be the best versions of themselves. They can be mothers, entrepreneurs, businesswomen or homemakers between the ages of 25 and 49. Many are change-makers in their communities, but all are brave, real-life superwomen.

The competition’s 100 semi-finalists are expected to immerse themselves in networking and self-development activities as well as raising funds for Women4Women South Africa. This is before 25 finalists are selected in June and the winner announced in November.

Mpact Recycling communications manager, Donna-Mari Noble, says the campaign’s objectives fit neatly with Mpact Recycling’s drive to create awareness in communities such as assisted living facilities, old age homes, buy-back centres, garden sites and churches about the benefits of recycling. “By partnering with Mrs South Africa, Mpact Recycling gains 100 brand ambassadors this year.”

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The organisers of the brand new trapNET cycling and lifestyle event announced today that Medihelp Medical Scheme is on board as the naming rights sponsor. Director of Trio Events Marius Opperman said, “We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with Medihelp, as this event fits in well with both parties’ strategy by getting more people to lead an active lifestyle. We believe that the Medihelp trapNET weekend of events will create this platform and add an element of entertainment, with the expo and the many other activities offered”.

The Medihelp trapNET lifestyle expo will take place from 20 to 22 July at SuperSport Park in Centurion and will offer an 85km road cycling race on Sunday, 22 July as well as a trapNET Junior cycling event for the kids on Saturday, 21 July.

“Medihelp Medical Scheme is excited to be associated with this new event in Pretoria, where Medihelp’s head office is also located. The Medihelp trapNET event has all the makings of becoming one of the great cycling events in Gauteng,” said Heyn van Rooyen, Medihelp’s Principal Officer. “Medihelp believes in supporting events that promote and encourage healthy and active lifestyles as part of our marketing efforts”.

Free entry to the Medihelp trapNET event is available to all Medihelp members who are registered on HealthPrint, Medihelp’s wellness programme, and on Medihelp Multisport, the Scheme’s sports club for cyclists.

Visit the Medihelp trapNET website at www.trapnet.co.za for more information on the weekend’s events. Visit www.medihelp.co.za/events to find out how to join Medihelp Medical Scheme. PREPARED BY: TRIO EVENTS Marius Opperma

Hitmaker Timothy De Monk (20) is back with his latest single, No Stress Moment, set to once again dominate the airwaves and radio charts with his can’t-get-the-tune-out-of-my-head song. Now if this singer/songwriter/producer/musician’s name does not ring a bell – shame on you and where have you been hiding?

His first single, Everyday, was on the 5FM Top 10 Pop Chart for a staggering eighteen weeks! No one-hit-wonder, Timothy repeated this success with I Never Want To See Her – holding on to the number one position for eight weeks on the 5FM Top 10 Pop Chart…as well as on other radio stations, including Jacaranda’s SA Top 20, where the hit continuously climbed the charts for fourteen weeks.

Comments Timothy: “I truly believe that No Stress Moment is going to be my biggest hit yet, so my big dream for this year is that people will get to know the name Timothy De Monk and link it to my music when they hear it on radio. And on top of that, realise that I am actually from South Africa, doing my best to play my part in putting local music on the international map!”

Stop stressing and have a No Stress Moment

Timothy says that the message behind his latest single, No Stress Moment, is about no matter how much stress is being shoved his way, he will do his best and succeed, and “I’ll live life for the moment”.

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Respected international news personality Jane Dutton is to join the evening line up on eNCA from 16 July 2018.

Jane returns to South Africa with a wealth of experience. She has worked all over the world for the globe’s top news stations, including Al Jazeera, CNN, BBC World and CNBC. With a news career spanning over two decades, Jane will bring her extensive knowledge and talents to eNCA. Her adaptable and modern interviewing style has a reputation for eliciting responses from even the most reluctant interviewees. Her talk show on eNCA will feature top newsmakers engaging on the current issues facing South Africa.
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The 2018 Standard Bank Jazz Festival taking place in Grahamstown during National Arts Festival from 27 June to 7 July this year sees the festival’s first female conductor at the helm of the annually-constituted Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band (SBNYJB). Jazz singer, arranger, pianist and composer Amanda Tiffin has been appointed to lead the cream of the country’s young musicians.

Amanda Tiffin
Now entering its 31st year, as the oldest jazz festival on the African continent, the SBJF has premium pedigree of training and development alongside producing a world class programme of performances.

When Amanda Tiffin leads the newly-chosen group of young musicians of the SBNYJB, she will be joining a long line of visionary conductors and musicians – such as Zim Ngqawana, Darius Brubeck, Barney Rachabane and Carlo Mombelli – who have helped train generations of South African jazz greats.

The sixth Poetry in McGregor Festival 2018 will be held over the weekend of August 24-26. The festival organisers (The MAC Project) are happy to announce that more than 160 poets will be participating at various unique venues in McGregor over the festival weekend. Some of the well-known poets that will be featured are Kobus Moolman, Ian McCullum, Galeo Saintz, Douglas Reid Skinner, Patricia Schonstein, Athol Williams, Medzani Musandiwa, Douglas Reid Skinner, Margaret Clough, Dan Wylie, Phillippa Yaa, Nomashenge, Toast Coetzer, Erns Grundling, Joan Hambidge, Willem Fransman, Fourie Botha, and Lara Kirsten among others. There will also be open mic sessions by two groups from Cape Town, Off the wall and Grounding sessions, as well as a school`s programme on the Friday morning for the schoolchildren of surrounding areas.

The theme for 2018 is “The Sound of Water” and poets throughout the country have responded with remarkable enthusiasm. Not only have they written poems based on the theme, but they have also envisioned a wide range of presentations expressing the beauty and wonder of this precious resource. Among the serious, light hearted, challenging and inspiring items are “Desert Rain” by David Tyfield, “Haunted by Water” by Wendy Woodward and Christine Coates, “Homage to the Waters” by Marguerite de Villiers, “Songs of Water” by the Worst End Theatre Company, “Waterways” by Joseph Koetsier. Browse through the programme to find many more related presentations.

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A Son of the Sun

Never before has Africa been represented so attractively for the beauty she really is. Only one man has passionately awakened her ethnic vibrations…Afrotraction! Born in Mpumalanga, Mzwandile Moya is a proud ambassador of South African Music. His music can be best described as …soul captivating. Not only does Mzwandile sing and write music, he also produces and plays various instruments, which were all mastered through years of dedicated practice without formal training. His career began in 2007 when he moved to Joburg and has been a steady success since.

Albums Released

Afrotraction has five albums to date, namely Soul Deep, Soulfully Yours, For The Lovers, Love & Respect and Relationships. Afrotractions boasts a global listenership of all ages and races.

Afrotraction is at the height of his musical career now after winning both a METRO and SAMA Award in 2015 for the album ‘FOR THE LOVERS’. With millions of fans across South Africa, encompassing all languages and age groups. Love & Respect pays special attention to a ‘committed in companionship’ fan base. This includes young, maturing and mature adults in committed relationships.

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He is the most exciting, enticing new voice in stand-up comedy in South Africa and has become known for his strange little jerseys, bush of brown locks and his razor sharp tongue. He has people hanging on his lips for more of his funniness, and this June he is headed to The Bay.

Catch Schalk Bezuidenhout at the Boardwalk’s Amphitheatre on 22 June for the first time ever as he brings loads of red-faced laughs with his one-man show, Voksbesit. Schalk has travelled throughout the country with this show, bringing laughter to various audiences.

Schalk originates from Kempton Park and, since appearing on Trevor Noah’s show in 2015 and again in 2017, and also after having appeared in a solo stand-up on Comedy Central on DSTV, he has seen a massive increase in fans and stardom and has become somewhat of a household name in South Africa.

This funny man has also won two Comics Choice awards as well as a SAFTA and has become a very familiar face on television as he assumes the role of Danny in the kykNET series called Hotel, and as news anchor in the satirical news show, Die Ware Naarheid met Schalk Bezuidenhout, also on kykNET.

Schalk has made comedy lovers laugh uncontrollably all over SA with his tours to the Woordfees, KKNK, Vrystaat Kunstefees, Innibos and Aardklop with Voksbesit. He also recorded a DVD at Evita’s Perron in Darling in October last year.

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