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Premieres on HISTORY® (DStv 186) on Tuesday, March 29 at 20:30

Pawn Stars SA is set in the Cash Inn pawn shop in Johannesburg. Owner Roy Peretz, his business partners Eytan and Liel, and assistants Irene and Solly meet customers from all walks of life who want to pawn or sell a range of quirky, unique and sometimes valuable items. South Africa’s rich and diverse culture provides a treasure-trove of fascinating artefacts from past to present, from muscle cars to military memorabilia, which flood through the shop doors.

The second series of Pawn Stars SA introduces a new member of the team, Cecily Pavoncelli. Cecily’s mission will be to spend Roy’s money on some fine items, bringing in a creative and positive energy to the store. Another new addition to the show, and supporting the team at Cash Inn, will be University of Pretoria’s Professor Fransjohan Pretorius, author of numerous books and an expert on recent South African history.

The new series features even more local artefacts, including an original bronze casting of Professor Chris Barnard’s hands, a piece of literary history from Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer and amazing original sketches from the proudly South African movie Zambezia. Some of the more intriguing discoveries include maps, personal items and firearms, as well as more recent historical items that have emerged from the country’s liberation struggle over the past 50 years.

Three of the most popular South African rugby stars on social media, Bryan Habana, Kyle Brown and Seabelo Senatla, will on Tuesday, 1 March 2016, chat directly with rugby fans from Las Vegas in a unique and new social media fan engagement initiative.

The trio of players, who are in the USA with the Springbok Sevens team, will take over the @Blitzboks Twitter account for one hour on Tuesday from 19h00 to 20h00 (SA time), in what is a first of its kind for South African rugby on the popular social media platform.

Springbok Sevens supporters are urged to participate in this unique fan activity. In order to do so, they must follow these few easy steps:

  • Log onto Twitter at 19h00
  • Send your questions to @Blitzboks with the hashtag #ASKBOK7S

Brown, the Springbok Sevens captain, said he and his team mates are looking forward to the opportunity to interact with the team’s supporters worldwide.

“We always get good support from our fans wherever we play in the world, but to engage directly with our fans in this manner is something special. I would like to urge our fans to send as many questions as they can,” said Brown.

The Springbok Sevens squad is currently in Las Vegas for round five of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, which takes from 4 to 6 March.

According to a new study from Juniper Research, 1.4 billion loyalty cards were mobile-only or integrated into mobile apps in 2015 worldwide. The research forecasts this will rise to 3 billion by 2020.

Dr Windsor Holden, author of the research, says the disparities between loyalty schemes “are likely to result from a number of factors. While in part they may reflect the level of satisfaction with the app and, or the features it offers, they may also be attributable to a greater degree – or greater success – of retailer marketing of their digital loyalty options,” said Holden. He added that those retailers who do not offer mobile integration of their loyalty schemes were likely to have “far lower levels of visibility on consumer activity”. Continue reading

Polokwane, get ready, 5FM is heading your way for the first ever Small Town Live Loud weekend! The station will be taking over the city for four days, 29 April – 2 May, with various activities including live broadcasts, parties, concerts and Youngblood5 CSi initiatives.

Polokwane is by no means a small town, but a destination the station has yet to visit as part of their Live Loud city-specific weekends. The weekend in Polokwane is the first of many Small Town Live Loud events involving all the stations’ on air presenters offering listeners a unique experience to interact with the station.

The city can expect almost 30 live broadcasts with all 5FM shows broadcasting from the city, DJ seminars at the Tshwane University campus, a 5FM Instawalk – where Polokwane residents will have an opportunity to show off their city using visuals, Live Loud club nights, sundowner sets and live music festivals with 5FM DJs and local bands.

It’s a jam-packed, non-stop party promising total entertainment and a healthy dose of inspiration that will certainly leave the city begging for more.

For updates on the events and venues for Small Town Live Loud, please visit www.5fm.co.za

This from sport24.co.za:

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – Perhaps Super Rugby will prove as resilient as the Currie Cup has been in recent years … bash it repeatedly over the head with debatable changes, but somehow it will stay on its feet.

On show in a chunky nine-game format over a single round for the first time, the opening weekend failed rather “miserably” to prove that it has become structurally too cumbersome for its own good.

The overall calibre of play was extremely pleasing and, if anything, as it began roughly parallel to the northern hemisphere’s annual pride and joy – the Six Nations – it only re-emphasised that the south is firmly where it’s still at for vibrancy, pace and skill factor.

Several Australasian sides started with big statements of intent, too, but at least from a South African point of view the Stormers and Sharks, particularly, served notice that they ought to be credible candidates for berths in the knockout phase further down the line.

The Lions and Cheetahs were decent for good stretches of their respective matches as well, even if they had contrasting fortunes against the debut-making Sunwolves and Jaguares, with the Jo’burgers earning a bonus-point victory in Tokyo and Franco Smith’s charges edged out in a 67-point proper thriller by the Argentineans in Bloemfontein.

The competition’s newest pair of additions provided robust evidence that they will bring a certain constructive, cultural difference to the tournament, rather than drag its gravitas down.

On a more negative side, second-time entrants the Kings seemed to confirm, as they were whipped 43-8 in Port Elizabeth by the Sharks, that they will be even more vulnerable than they were in a gutsy first campaign in 2013.

Not helping was that an ominously sparse crowd turned out for their season-opening coastal derby, probably dispirited by the enduring turmoil behind the scenes at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Full story here:

http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/stormers-sharks-lay-down-markers-20160227

Cape Town’s broadband fibre-optic network has the capability to become one of the fastest metro telecommunications networks in the world. A recent trial showed that the network can sustain ultra-fast speeds of 400 Gbps. Read more below:

The recent trial was done by ADVA Optical Networking, a German-based telecommunications equipment company that provides the optic transport layer of the City’s Metro Area Network. This is the first time that data transfer speeds at this rate have been achieved on an ADVA network in Africa, and only the fifth time in the world.

‘This demonstrates the high capacity and flexibility of the City’s network, which is now used to connect over 300 government and private buildings. Municipal sites include administrative buildings, cash offices, clinics and libraries, which operate off the fibre network provided by the City,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services and Compliance, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. Continue reading

“There are no plans to cancel the KKNK (Klein Karoo National Arts Festival). The mother of all Afrikaans arts festivals will undoubtedly take place in Oudtshoorn from 24 to 30 March this year and from 8 to 15 April next year.”

This was the message from Rhodé Snyman, CEO of Kunste Onbeperk, organisers of the KKNK, after an announcement yesterday evening (Wednesday, 24 February) that the Aardklop National Arts Festival has been cancelled.

“Although we are saddened by the news that Aardklop has been cancelled, we welcome the exploration by the Aardklop Foundation to find alternative ways to support the arts. We look forward to our continued involvement with them”, she says.   Continue reading

Johannesburg- 25 February 2016- The South Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) biggest commercial radio station Metro FM, today revealed after much speculation that one of South Africa’s most seasoned presenter Ms Bonang Matheba and the captivating MC, Mr Moeti Tsiki popularly known as Mo Flava have been selected to host the prestigious 15th Metro FM Music Awards (MMA15) ceremony, taking place on Saturday the 27th of February 2016 at the ICC Centre in Durban.

The duo are expected to create magic and deliver an unforgettable experience not only for the guests attending the ceremony, but also for the millions of viewers who will tune into the live broadcast on SABC 1 at 20h00.

“Hosting the MMA’s has historically been a tall task, yet each year we see our presenters rising up to the occasion and setting the bar higher and higher. This year we are especially excited for the young and dynamic duo selected and we trust that they will take our listeners on a memorable journey.” Says Ms Sibongile Mtyali, Station Manager at Metro FM Continue reading

A host of the stars from 2015 will be let loose in Vodacom Super Rugby this weekend, chief amongst them Springbok lock Lood de Jager, who was on Thursday evening named the SA Rugby Player of the Year for last season, acknowledging his stellar performances in the green and gold during a tough international season.

Other winners who will feature this weekend include the Vodacom Bulls duo of Jesse Kriel and Warrick Gelant, as well as Jaco Kriel of the Emirates Lions.

The 23-year-old De Jager is the youngest winner of the most prestigious award in South African rugby since Bryan Habana walked away with the spoils in 2005, aged 22. The Toyota Cheetahs lock edged out fellow nominees for the top award, Damian de Allende, Eben Etzebeth, Schalk Burger and Jaco Kriel. Continue reading

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