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The RMI launches Anti- Fraud and Anti- Corruption Charter and a whistle-blower mechanism

As an industry, South Africa’s vehicle testing stations have earned an unfortunate reputation for irregular transactions or corrupt practices. While the reputation may be due to the activities of a small number of outlets, the majority of test stations – which have tried long and hard to ensure that roadworthy tests are done properly and with integrity – have been similarly affected.

In an effort to set matters right the RMI has facilitated the commitment and undertaking by its VTA member testing stations of an ANTI-FRAUD and ANTI-CORRUPTION CHARTER. The charter will be launched this month at the upcoming Annual General Meetings of the VTA in KZN, Gauteng and Cape Town, and will be adopted nationally.

In addition, the RMI has established an anti-fraud hotline / whistle-blowing mechanism, where any person can report fraudulent activities –

The important development occurs during National Transport Month – October – which the National Department of Transport uses to raise awareness of the vital role that transport plays in South Africa’s economy, encouraging participation from civil society and business with regard to the provision of safe and more affordable, accessible and reliable transport.  Follow the conversation at #OTM2017.

According to statistics released by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), non-roadworthy vehicles are responsible for 8%¹ of South Africa’s road crashes. In 2014, 12 702² road users died in accidents. Continue reading

Solange Tops With 7 Nominations Followed By Fellow Hitmakers Bruno Mars, DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Khalid and SZA

Soul Train Awards to air on BET Africa (channel 129) on Saturday 02 December 20:00 CAT


Johannesburg, 19 October 2017: BET today announced the nominees for theBET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards across 12 different categories. The annual celebration will recognize the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop from legends to the next generation. Filmed on November 5th at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will air on BET Africa (DStv Channel 129) on Saturday 2 December at 20:00 CAT.

Solange leads the bunch with seven total nominations including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and the highly coveted Video of the Year and Song of the Year for hit single “Cranes in the Sky.” Bruno Mars follows with six total nominations including two nominations for Song of the Year for his hit single “That’s What I Like,” and Album/Mixtape of the Year for “24K Magic.” DJ KhaledRihanna andBryson Tiller also received multiple nominations this year including Video of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Collaboration. The next generation of soul is also being recognized, including Khalid and SZA, who are multi-nominees across categories including Best New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Best Collaboration and the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award.

Multi-platinum and seven-time Grammy award-winning producer, singer-songwriter, artist, actress and television personality Toni Braxton is set to receive the coveted Don Cornelius Legend Award. Braxton became an immediate R&B superstar after the release of her self-titled debut album in 1993. Her debut album received multiple awards, including three Grammy Awards (for Best New Artist and two consecutive awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1994 and 1995). Her second album, “Secrets” was certified 8x platinum and included her greatest hit titled, “Un-Break My Heart,” the Diane Warren-penned ballad which spent 11-weeks at number one. Over the span of her career, Braxton has sold over 67 million records, including 41 million albums, worldwide. Toni’s current single, “Deadwood,” was released by Def Jam Recordings in September and her new album, “Sex & Cigarettes,” her first in seven years, will be out in early 2018.  Continue reading

Pic: Zimbio

Pic: Zimbio

Springbok Sevens player, Stephan Dippenaar, has called an end to his playing career and will join a family farming business near Moorreesburg in the Western Cape.

The 29-year-old enjoyed a rewarding rugby career in both fifteens and sevens rugby which saw him earning gold medals in the domestic Currie Cup, Vodacom Super Rugby and the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Dippenaar, who was schooled at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch, represented South Africa at Under-19 level, played for the Junior Springboks at the 2008 Junior World Championship and tasted Currie Cup success with the Vodacom Blue Bulls in 2009. He also featured prominently in the Vodacom Bulls team of 2010, when they won their third Vodacom Super Rugby title.

Dippenaar joined the Springbok Sevens set-up in 2012, making his debut for the Blitzboks in Wellington, New Zealand in the 2012/13 season. He was selected to play for the Springbok Sevens in 31 tournaments, played in 124 matches and scored 240 points (42 tries). He last featured in both tournament wins in Sydney and Las Vegas during the 2016/17 World Rugby Sevens Series, won by South Africa.

Injuries blighted most of his season though and the former midfielder has now decided to call it a day.

“I have decided to call it a day and start a new chapter in my career,” said Dippenaar. Continue reading

West Ink Records in association with CELL C presents the Cell C Wololo Music Festival in Emalahleni, Witbank on Saturday 28th October 2017 at Puma Stadium.

‘Wololo’ Hitmaker – Babes Wodumo will headline the festival featuring a melting pot of Award winning artists such as AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Kwesta, BigNuz, Naked DJ and many more, in the coal city of Emalahleni.

The most sought after socialite in entertainment Somizi will host the festival alongside Akhumzi and Duma Ntando.

Full Lineup as follows:

MC’s:  Somizi, Akhumzi and Duma Ntando


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Tencent Africa’s brand new music streaming app JOOX, that enables South Africans to conveniently discover and listen to music wherever they are, is now also jam-packed with Afrikaans music hits. Much of this Afrikaans music is exclusive to the app.

JOOX is packed with various playlists for any mood. The app offers a free as well as paid-for VIP option that enables users to stream music without using any data. Another feature is three different streaming quality options, allowing customers to control their data usage.

Brett Loubser, CEO of Tencent Africa Services, says JOOX has already surpassed other music streaming services in the four other markets into which it has been released. “The combination of our upcoming markets music model, as well as the experience of our local team, makes JOOX a first for South Africa.”

Besides all the local South African music that is already available on the app, Coleske Artists – the producers of Afrikaans is Groot – has uploaded their music exclusively for streaming on JOOX.

According to Arnold Coleske, head of Coleske Artists, JOOX offers a unique platform to ensure artists’ music is digitally available to their fans. “The technology and business possibilities that Tencent brings to the table makes is possible to build on the quality that we offer to listeners. Getting involved was simply a no-brainer.”

“JOOX really is wonderful news. I am excited that my music is available on JOOX along with other artists like Die Heuwels Fantasties, Jay, Riana Nel, Laurika Rauch and Steve Hofmeyr. The great thing about the aqpp is that it is easy to use,” says celebrated singer and TV presenter Bobby van Jaarsveld. Continue reading

Roots will be hosted at the trendy Joziburg Lane venue in central Johannesburg on Saturday, 4 November 2017.TRACE Southern Africa presents the inaugural edition of its brand new eventing property – Roots.

This first-of-its-kind festival will bring together everything that makes the African continent beautiful – from food, art and lifestyle to an array of musical sounds from some of the best urban African artists. 
The event has a lineup of over 30 acts with Kwesta and Sjava as the headliners. The supporting lineup ranges from developing artists and A-listers to alternative artists and those in the forefront of shaping popular culture such as Gemini Major, DJ Sliqe, Sho Madjozi, Frank Casino, J Molley, I See A Different You and Gqom connoisseur, DJ Sandiso among many others.

Roots aims to give all who attend an explorative experience of both the dynamic TRACE brand and the African continent. Expect to learn more about African literature with the Abantu Book Festival – friends of TRACE who established the first book festival geared at the African reader and the African author. Your tastebuds are in for a treat as the food vendors for this festival have been carefully selected in order to sample the best cuisine from across the continent. Continue reading

Programme: Most Ridiculous
Date: Monday 23 October
Time: 21:00 CAT
Channel: Comedy Central (DStv channel 122)

The most epic misadventures are rounded up from the internet to create this show that’s all about unearthing comedy gold, created under the strangest of circumstances.  These moments of ridiculousness happen anytime and anywhere – the shopping mall, school, in traffic, at home and in the great outdoors.  No occasion is too sacred for a moment to become ridiculous.  Graduations, weddings and even baptisms have proven to be most ridiculous!  Get ready for big laughs as animals, toddlers and adults showcase their hilarious misfortunes.
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DJ Fresh and Mo get in on NBD’s impressive treadmill dance act this coming Sunday

One of the most important episodes of this season for SA’s Got Talent airs this Sunday, as the Top 21 semi-finalists are revealed. Fazlyn Naidoo, AnecNote and Amazebra have already secured their spots in the semi-finals via the Golden Buzzer, but who will fill the 18 remaining slots?

Daveyton’s Siphokazi stuns the audience and judges with her operatic singing. 

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  • adidas updates the iconic UltraBOOST with design features to withstand the most unpredictable weather
  • Continental Stretchweb outsole technology has been integrated to prevent slipping on wet or icy surfaces
  • Signature BOOSTTM technology continues to perform at its peak in both hot and cold conditions

South Africa, 14th September 2017 – adidas today unveiled two brand-new additions to the pioneering UltraBOOST family – the UltraBOOST All Terrain and UltraBOOST X All Terrain. Driven by innovation and style, each design is injected with adidas’ ground-breaking technologies including BOOSTTM, the Continental Stretchweb outsole, splash-repellent adidas Primeknit and reflective elements to support and protect each wearer whilst allowing them to experience an effortless, comfortable run no matter what the weather conditions.

Shatter your excuses with the latest additions to the UltraBOOST family, which are designed to empower runners and encourage them to embrace any condition whether hot, rain, hail, darkness or cold. The UltraBOOST All Terrain includes an integrated cage for better support whilst the UltraBOOST X All Terrain, designed specifically for the female foot, includes the pioneering adaptive arch to ensure a better adidas Primeknit fit whilst continuing to add dynamic support, allowing each run to feel effortless. Continue reading

A SA Rugby Sevens Academy Under-17 squad was selected after the recent Interprovincial Sevens tournament for U17s in Kimberley, and will participate in a training camp in Stellenbosch and play in the Assupol Sevens, to be held at the Markötter Fields in Stellenbosch on 29 and 30 October.

In total, 25 players were invited to the training camp from 23-30 October in Stellenbosch. Two SA Rugby Sevens Academy Under-17 sides will then participate in the Under-17 section of the Assupol Sevens, which will also see age group teams from Argentina and Namibia compete at the tournament.

Western Province, who were crowned champions in Kimberley last month, have six representatives in the squad and the Golden Lions and KZN three each.

“This is an important camp for us,” said SA Rugby Sevens Academy Manager, Marius Schoeman. Continue reading

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