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In honour of this milestone, the festival and partners will host a series of legacy screenings and retrospectives in Cape Town and Johannesburg before another world class line up of films hits screens in October. The festival, South Africa’s foremost event of its kind and now in its 10th year,will once again see South African and international shorts screening in and out of competition.

shnit is an exceptional non-profit film event hosted simultaneously on five continents. A veteran host city, Cape Town joined the shnit network in 2010. The festival has since grown to include host cities such as Bern, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Hong Kong, Moscow and San Jose, with a global awards Finale hosted in New York. The International Competition presents total cash prizes of US$ 20,000 over five categories and attracts award-winning filmmakers from around the globe. In addition, each host city presents National Jury and Audience Awards. A South African theatre and film will serve in the position of Jury President in 2019, to be announced in June.

Driven by passion for local cinema, shnit Cape Town has screened over 240 South African shorts, screened to 40,000 audience members in the Mother City and surrounds, and, among other things, hosted hundreds of local filmmakers, facilitated masterclasses and seen multitudes of local filmmakers go on to South African and international film industry success. Globally, shnit has awarded hundreds of thousands of US Dollars in prize money, predicted Oscar-winning and nominated shorts yearly and felt the impact of short film in as many as 30 cities.

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Imagine a world where diversity among humans is not only accepted, but also celebrated. In this world, people realise there is strength to be found in the differences between them. They know that they would never have been able to flourish if they didn’t embrace these differences – making it work for them instead of against them.

Close your eyes for a moment. Visualise.

Does this sound like some kind of advanced civilisation to you? Maybe, but it doesn’t have to. We are truly a diverse nation and South Africans are ready to embrace diversity and each other.

The LekkeDifferent campaign has been set up with the main goal of getting South Africans, especially school learners, to start embracing their unique characteristics and celebrating diversity. If you want to bring about positive change, start with the youth. After all, they are the future.

The Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (FEDSAS) launched the LekkeDifferent social media campaign where learners are motivated to celebrate their uniqueness and diversity by sharing their stories about what makes them unique, on social media.

“Let’s celebrate diversity in our schools this year. Instead of focusing on racism and all the negativity, let’s rather celebrate the wonderful country and diverse people we have. Let’s focus on the positive aspects of being different,” says Jaco Deacon, deputy CEO at FEDSAS.

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Afro-soul singer Thembisile Ntaka rose to fame as the lead singer of the Coca Cola Popstars winning group Aadilah in 2003 and years later, she gets to share her musical journey with the Hard Rock Cafe crowd on Thursday 23rd May from 20:00.

She has worked with the likes of Nduduzo Makhathini, Zwai Bala and many big names. Growing up, she looked up to the likes of Brenda Fassie, Rebecca Malope and she still can’t believe she is living her dream.

LASA Sessions (Love All Serve All) are a weekly musical experience at the Hard Rock Cafe Sandton, a true celebration of African music. The shows have had a wide array of musicians, the likes of Nduduzo Makhathini, Brenda Mtambo, Msaki, Buhlebendalo, Berita, Zoe Modiga and MXO among others.

The show is from 20:00 with tickets available at Webtickets for R100 and for R120 at the door.

Blessings come in pairs for talented actor Oros Mampofu. Having recently welcomed a bundle of joy in the form of a bouncy baby girl, Oros now welcomes his second blessing as a new cast member to Rhythm City, the fastest growing soapie in South Africa’s TV land.

Mampofu will make his Rhythm City screen debut on the 16th of May as the character of young Eastern Cape born Banele, a rural Xhosa man whose family relies on social grants to sustain their daily lives. Banele is fascinated by history, particularly African literature and it is this passion that sees his story unfolding after he secured a bursary to study at the Johannesburg Metropolitan University.

Banele’s story is that of trials; He is the first person in his family to go to university and that becomes both a great privilege and a massive responsibility as his family heavily relies on him for help. Being the sole bread winner is no glitz and glam and Banele quickly finds himself working as a recycler in order to send money back home.

“I am very excited to Join Rhythm City and play Banele, Banele is a representation of what society is dealing with, especially students. So it gives me such an honour to play such a well thought out character. Joining Rhythm City is super exciting and I can’t wait to see what the journey has in store for me.” expressed Oros Mampofu.

As The pressure continues to build on the young Man, will he survive in the City of Gold?

Catch Oros Mampofu from Thursday the 16th of May at 19:00pm on Rhythm City on etv DSTV channel 194 and Openview Channel 104.

Jo Black’s second album, VOEL JY DIE GENADE, was released on 8 February 2019 and achieved gold status within only 10 days after release. The first single from the album, which is also the title track, also still features on the charts of many radio stations nationwide whilst the music video has already had almost 860 000 hits on YouTube.

Now he is back with a brand new emotional rock ballad that not only promises to dominate music charts for the next few months, but will also appeal to audiences of all ages and he dedicates this new single to his wife, Debbie.

“You only realise how much you need someone when there is a chance that you might lose that person,” Jo reveals the message behind his latest single, which he wrote with Johan Vorster. “BITTER is one of the most descriptive words in Afrikaans. This song was written to tell my wife how much I need her.”

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There is a rising star taking the world by storm.

The talented Pan-African singer, songwriter and record producer known to his extensive and expanding fan base as WurlD, has been selected as the Apple Music New Artist Spotlight for the month of April. A multicultural musician going through a rapid evolution of sound and general appeal, WurlD is the King of cool and the Boss of beats – especially when it comes to his particular genre of music – “Electronic Soul with a fusion of African Rhythm and Sounds”.

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E! Entertainment Television – NBCUniversal International Networks’ global, multi-platform brand dedicated to all things pop culture – today announced the commission of Celebrity Game Night, for its latest local production in Africa. The series, comprised of ten one-hour episodes, will premiere late 2019 on E! (DStv channel 124).

Celebrity Game Night is based on the Primetime Emmy Award winning series Hollywood Game Night, hosted by Jane Lynch, and is distributed internationally by NBCUniversal International Formats. In each episode, two teams of celebrity guests will face-off as they play hilarious and outrageous party games that test pop culture knowledge, acting skills and nerves of steel. Adding to the atmosphere, this local commission will feature a local host who will guide African celebrities through their evening and ensure the game night is filled with fun and frolics.

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Master chocolatiers and candy-makers the world-over have been hard at work for months experimenting with new flavours and textures, trying to outdo one another in an effort to capture the lion’s share of the sales this Easter.

New flavours that are sure to excite chocoholics this season include florals, like lavender, healthy spices such as ginger, turmeric and chai, coconut milk and tahini – a sauce made from toasting and grounding sesame seeds. There is also a big move among chocolatiers to include superfoods, such as spirulina, goji berries, reishi mushrooms, and our humble Rooibos in this delicious treat.

Adele du Toit, spokesperson for the SA Rooibos Council says it’s a real coup that the USD103-billion chocolate industry has taken notice of Rooibos, which is a proudly South African product.

“As consumers’ taste profiles change and new consumers enter the confection market, new opportunities arise. Today, teens and young adults are using social media to interact with and document everyday life, providing opportunities for chocolate and sweet brands to incorporate multisensory confectionery options that use unexpected textures and flavours. The youth seek experiences over possessions and are always looking for new innovations from brands that they love.

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SA’s Abel Selaocoe to play the Mandela cello for audiences and aspiring musicians alongside Austrian percussionist
Bernhard Schimpelsberger

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What happens when an award-winning cello virtuoso from Sebokeng meets a percussion maverick from Austria? An explosive meeting of musical minds and a breaking of new creative ground, setting the scene for a series of genre-defying performances and workshops to celebrate Freedom Month.

This April, the Quartet of Peace Trust presents three unmissable concerts in Gauteng and the Western Cape by South African cellist (and 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist for Music) Abel Selaocoe and Austrian drummer Bernhard Schimpelsberger. They will be accompanied by a constellation of the country’s most exciting string musicians and traditional percussionists.

The shows will take place in Johannesburg, Stellenbosch and Cape Town between 10 and 16 April 2019.

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