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Slam dunks, knockout punches and more on OpenView with Kwesé Free Sports

OpenView is proud to announce a breakthrough deal with Kwesé Free Sports for broadcast in South Africa. Kwesé Free Sports, Africa’s largest and only pan-African free-to-air channel, will join OpenView’s programming line-up this March bringing premium African and international sports content to over 1 million homes in South Africa, for free.

The demand for a dedicated sports channel on OpenView has been at the top of the OpenView viewers’ requests, and the platform is delighted to have struck a deal with this dynamic sports channel.

Kwesé Free Sports has established itself as a premium sports destination for every sports lover. The broadcaster has amassed rights for some of the world’s most loved sporting leagues such as the NBA – providing the most extensive content line-up available outside of the USA, Major League Baseball, Formula E, WTA Miami Masters and so much more.

OpenView’s Head of Channel Acquisitions, Ziyanda Mngomezulu, is pleased about the new addition to the OpenView family. “Sport is one of the most talked about subjects in South Africa and giving our audiences a new experience on the platform is perfectly timed. We have had requests for a sports channel since the launch of OpenView and Kwesé Free Sports is the perfect choice for quality sport from around the world that our viewers will love.” says Mngomezulu. Continue reading

The Easter weekend is a festive celebration of togetherness and family styled fun at The Boardwalk. The egg-citing fun kicks off on 30 March when The Magic Company will be treating kids to free rides between 10h00 and 11h00. Another hour of free rides will be offered on 31 March, also between 10h00 and 11h00.

On 2 April, The Boardwalk will stage a frenzied, fun Easter egg hunt from 12h00 to 13h00. The hunt will take place on the Hotel’s lawns and there will be loads of fantastic prizes to be won.

A one-stop entertainment destination overlooking the best beaches in Port Elizabeth, The Boardwalk is fun for the whole family. Activities for children include a supervised crèche; a range of arcade games at the Magic Company; ten pin bowling at Lighthouses; go-karting; adventure golf and the latest movies at Nu Metro cinema. Family-style restaurants and cafes include Spur, the Ola ice cream store, The Wimpy and more.

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Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Five rising international football stars from New York City FC’s first team squad have teamed up with Etihad Airways to complete a whirlwind 24 hours in Abu Dhabi challenge.

In their first visit to the UAE, captured in a new video, NYCFC players Ronald Matarrita, Rodney Wallace, Sean Johnson, Ben Sweat and Jonathan Lewis took in the sights and sounds of the vibrant capital city during a jam-packed itinerary which they completed in just 24 hours. Continue reading

As Day Zero moves out and with dam levels still critically low, Capetonians now wonder about the quality of the drinking water that comes from their municipal taps. Scientists are also warning of the possibility of geosmins being present, which effects the taste of water. These geosmins, together with unwanted disinfectant by-products come from algae blooming in our dams and the chlorination process needed to remove such bacteria. As a result, more and more South Africans are purchasing water purifiers to personally ensure the quality of their drinking water.

In October last year Bill Harding, an internationally recognised algologist, warned that “the drought, seen in the main as a shortage of water – a quantity issue – also embodies a very real quality threat.”

He went on to say that “Theewaterskloof (the largest bulk supply for Cape Town) and Voelvlei (second largest) have long suffered from cyanobacterial (blue-green algal) blooms, and both feature increasingly in the ‘high risk’ end of the Water Research Commission developing project on satellite-monitored algal blooms.”

By early March 2018, both dams were designated “very high risk” on the Earth Observation National Eutrophication Monitoring Programme (EONEMP).

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Johannesburg; 2018 marks four years of The Orbit’s existence. As has become tradition, this fourth birthday will be celebrated with The Orbit Anniversary Festival from 13th to 18th March. During this week, The Orbit will be the center of attraction, as some of the country’s most gifted musicians and arts revelers flock to the venue to celebrate the growth of South Africa’s jazz culture.

The Orbit Anniversary Festival is truly a coming of age celebration like no other and, this time around, we bring you #The4thMovement.

This anniversary conventionally signifies stability and coming full circle and #The4thMovement at The Orbit will be reminiscent of the excitement when the jazz journey first started.

#The4thMovement will be bringing big sound with some of the bigger bands in jazz. Celebrating with us will be the legendary Sibongile Khumalo, The Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra, Tlale Makhene’s Swazi Gold, Steve Dyer’s Mantswe a Marabi, and Luyanda Madope’s Connecting Generations.

Extra special about The Orbit Anniversary Festival 2018 will be the reunion of the legendary VOICE after almost ten years since they last performed together. This iconic quintet consists of some of South Africa’s most seasoned musicians such as Andile Yenana, Marcus Wyatt, Sidney Mnisi, Herbie Tsoaeli, and Morabo Morajele.

This year’s festival will also be the first time a brand new band, Trio Grande, will be presented to South Africa. The trio is a coming together of key figures in South African music; Feya Faku, Paul Hanmer, and Louis Mhlanga. #The4thMovement will be closed off on Sunday, 18 March in jazz tradition with a free jam session led by award-winning pianist and producer, Luyanda Madope.

As always, the musical feast will happen at The Home of Jazz – The Orbit – with a meeting of the minds between artists and appreciators of the arts who will descend on Braamfontein to celebrate #The4thMovement.

#BeAbsolut / #OneSourceLIVE – Image: Marley Boo

Johannesbrug, 12 March 2018: One Source Live is calling all craft makersdesigners and traders to apply to be part of this exclusive event’s Market of Art.

The festival which takes place on Saturday, 24 March, 2018 in Joburg will see leading musicians, artists, photographers and fashion designers converging on the city to celebrate the power of Africa’s creative genius. Powered by Absolut, One Source Live is a multi-platform festival with multiple stages, bars and curated experiences.

The Market of Art at One Source Live will form an integral part of the festival, providing a platform for up and coming artists and creatives whose work and products reflect African creativity today. More than 40 young creatives will have the opportunity of showcasing and selling their revolutionary works at the festival.

Interested traders, artist and creatives can emailmarket@vwv.com for an application form and more information. Continue reading

Well-known fine artist and photographer Hein Botha will be exhibiting his stunning visual paintings at the Prince Albert Gallery (www.princealbertgallery.co.za) which opens on Friday, 30 March from 17:30. The works deal with the highly imaginative, interconnected world of the San people.

“We are delighted to host Hein’s exhibition. He is an artist who is truly compelled to explore and express his observation of nature, time and energy through painting and drawing,” says Brent Phillips-White, owner of the Prince Albert Gallery.

“The San have been in the Karoo for a very long time, and we find it fitting that his exhibition should take place in our town. The gallery already has pieces by Hein on display.”

Raised in Cape Town and a graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Botha believes that the process of creation must reflect the ongoing changes that take place on earth, and how this in turn affects humanity and our worldview.

It comes as no surprise that he has a particular interest in the indigenous people of South Africa.

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With Stimorol’s new ‘Enjoy Every Chew’ campaign, every moment of your day is something to celebrate. To illustrate this new brand messaging, a cool NEW Stimorol TV Commercial hit screens nationwide this month with a simple focus: chewing gum is fun!

The liveliness of the NEW commercial was driven by a team of young, exceptionally talented individuals. To ensure the Stimorol audience enjoy every detail of this commercial, Stimorol takes a look behind the scenes at the passionate creatives responsible for the look, beats, moves and style. These behind the scenes interviews will be released on the Stimorol Facebook page. Be sure not to miss the first video out now.

The commercial is directed by the passionate Fausto Becatti who is known for his amazing skill at pairing striking cinematic visuals with emotive music to deliver pictures that pulse to a beat. You’ll have seen his work on a number of gritty music videos and clients like Nike, Jetson Belle and Hellfire Whisky. He lives for filmmaking, photography, music, travel and adventure. When he’s not directing, Fausto’s other passion, photography, has seen him build up a formidable portfolio of stills – exhibited and sold in galleries and showcased online.

The commercial’s super-slick choreography is the work of Sinenhlanhla ‘Sne’ Mbatha. The Durban-born has enough passion, determination and energy to light up any room she enters. She is a highly enthusiastic Hip Hop choreographer/ dancer, who diversified her skill set to include Modern, Acrobatics, House and Tap dancing. Sne has choreographed and opened for major local and international events such as the MTV Base Awards, Glo CAF Awards, Kendrick Lamar, Metro and the South African Music Awards – and the list goes on.

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“The current water crisis in the Western Cape has highlighted serious problems with South Africa’s approach to water management and finding viable solutions,” says Dr Kevin Gast, Principal Engineer of construction & civil engineering, waterproofing and geosynthetics company, Thusanang Gast (Pty) Ltd

He says in 2001 the province experienced its worst drought in a hundred years. “At the time, plans, programmes and protocols were put into place and budgeted for to augment the potable water supply, specifically to the city of Cape Town. Good rains followed, and the money was reallocated to other politically expedient projects. This has resulted in an unexpected challenge from a technological and engineering perspective.”

Current published mathematical models on climatic change indicate that the Western Cape could lose up to 40% of its winter rainfall and specific areas of Limpopo up to 20% in years to come.

The climate change models also indicate that a significant shift in the Southern African rainfall pattern will occur, resulting in the Western geographical areas below the sub-tropics to be dryer by up to 8% by 2080, while the Eastern geographical areas below the sub-tropics will experience a slight increase in rainfall.

Gast says the current drought and future rainfall outlook has significant implications for farmers. “Crop yields are expected to be reduced by about 50% and aquaculture by an estimated 20% in the 2018 season. This, in turn, will affect food security, leading to an increase in the occurrence and intensity of famine in Sub-Saharan Africa. In a nutshell, we can expect worsening droughts and increased flooding in different geographical regions of Southern Africa.”

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