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South African star of stage and screen, Jamie Bartlett, joins radio legend Shado Twala and the internationally renowned DJ Fresh on the judging panel for the upcoming season of SA’s Got Talent, which returns to in September. Best known for his role as David Genaro on Rhythm City, Jamie will be bringing his enthusiasm and experience to Mzansi’s most-watched TV talent show.

Bartlett is ecstatic about his new role of judge on the show. “SA’s Got Talent is a true celebration of top, local talent across the spectrum. I’m very excited at the prospect of being able to serve the talent and the show in my role as a judge. Viewers tuning into SA’s Got Talent will see the real me – not playing a character, but daring the talent to move me,” he says.

Marlon Davids, acting MD Channels Division, says that Bartlett’s extensive professional experience in the South African theatre, film and television industries will stand him in good stead when it comes to nurturing the next generation of talent on SA’s Got Talent. “We can’t wait to see what he has to say about the talent that will be on stage – we know he’ll be honest, and tough to impress!”. Continue reading

Motivation is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something”. So do we really need motivation in order to work out? The answer is yes, unless one makes decisions and actions without a reason. Then why is it so easy to make excuses to avoid a workout?

Most people find any excuse to avoid a workout. Either they’re too tired from work, don’t have time or have other things to do – such as buying groceries or spending time with family. However, there really shouldn’t be any excuse when it comes to such a vital part of health. Exercise shouldn’t be an option, it should be a priority for all of us, as it’s essential to our wellbeing. As Dr. Gaby points out, exercise helps relieve the symptoms of “depression or anxiety issues as well as heart issues, diabetes” and more. While some people suffering from these issues raise the argument that they can simply take medication to better them, only taking medication doesn’t get you to your prime health – yet combined with exercise, your health will improve exponentially. It’s important not only to improve these health issues through exercise but to prevent them as well. Continue reading

Locally commissioned series looking for participants

Following last week’s announcement by A+E Networks of the commissioning of a local version of Married at First Sight for Lifetime Africa, independent content creation company Oxyg3n Media is now on the lookout for participants to take part in this hit series.

In Married at First Sight, singles who have failed to find love put their hearts in the hands of a team of experts, who select their perfect partner; the couples then meet for the first time at the altar. After the wedding and honeymoon, the married couples move in together and start their new lives. From the first kiss to the first tears, cameras document every moment as experts analyse the relationships. Six weeks of marriage later, the couples have to make a decision: to stay together or file for divorce.

Says Oxyg3n Media’s Rebecca Fuller Campbell: “We are looking for singles who are committed to finding true love. This is not a series for those that are looking for fame, but rather for those who are genuilnly looking to form a serious relationship and participate in a unique social experiment, the basis of which will form a truly entertaining and fascinating television series.” Continue reading

Ipi-Zombi---image-by-Elsabe-van-TonderA fascinating festival for your brain

Monday, June 13, 2016 — There’s no doubt that this is a complex, challenging and invigorating time to be South African – and this year’s Think!Fest, a series of panel discussions and debates held as part of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, promises to grapple with some of the burning issues on the country’s agenda.

Student protests and the #fallist movement, decolonisation, the plight of refugees and the migration crisis, multiple identities and belonging, gender-based and xenophobic violence, as well as the value of the arts and the future of the Festival itself will all be up for discussion during Think!Fest, which runs from Friday 1 July to Friday 8 July.

‘This year’s programme is probably the most intertwined arts and politics programme we have produced yet,’ says Prof Anthea Garman, the convenor of Think!Fest. ‘It reflects the subject matter of the performances on the Festival programme and it draws a host of very interesting people into conversation with each other and audiences.’ Continue reading

Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron called for his team to lift their performance significantly in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester to keep alive their hopes of winning the title.

The Junior Springboks suffered a 19-13 defeat against Argentina on Saturday at the AJ Bell Stadium in their second pool match. This followed a 59-19 victory against Japan in the opening round.

The team will face France in their final round-robin match on Wednesday, and with New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Wales all tied on six log points after the first two rounds, it could be a battle between these sides for the final semi-final berth.

“We have to lift our game significantly in the match against France,” said Theron. “The performance against Argentina was not good enough and we paid a high price for that. Continue reading

Programme: Car Crash Couples
Channel:       MTV (Dstv 130)
Date:             Wednesday 15 June (Premiere)
Time:            21:15

The whacky car race crosses the British channel to Amsterdam for the first time – cuing more drama for our Car Crash Couples.
This week, Hunter finds himself in deep water with Steph when he chooses to save his hair – not her – in the ‘Get the Car’ task. That evening, the rest of the team let Hunter know exactly what they think of him, and all hell breaks loose when Rob drops the bombshell that Hunter has the hots for Frida. A less-than-impressed Stephanie reveals to the group that Hunter’s wandering eye might have done more than just wandered as she suspects him of cheating. Continue reading

Cape Town, 10 June 2016 – adidas has unveiled its lightest ever rugby boots with the launch of its Superlight range, which features the adipower Kakari Force and the adizero Crazyquick Malice.

Following a period of engagement to secure feedback from some of the world’s top rugby players, adidas has invested thousands of hours of research in developing and delivering the lightest boots to date, to rugby players of all levels.

The adipower Kakari Force and the adizero Crazyquick Malice feature state-of-the-art technology previously unseen in the adidas rugby boots. This includes a neoprene sock designed to provide increased support and ankle stability. The boots also have a groundbreaking and breathable upper material.

The increased technology in the boots has ensured the products are 25% lighter than adidas’ previous collections, delivering significant on field performance benefit.

“adidas is constantly striving to create tangible on pitch benefits to players by ensuring our products are at the forefront of technological advancements,” Adrian de Souza Business Unit Head for adidas Rugby, said.

De Souza adds, “To help deliver this we were able to consult with some of the best players in the game. Through this process we were able to understand the needs of players and thus deliver an exciting product range with the Superlight boots.” Continue reading

Mpact Recycling is a leading paper recycler in South Africa, which counts amongst its goals educating consumers on the benefits of recycling. The company today announced that it has renewed its partnership with the glamourous Mrs South Africa pageant for the second consecutive year.

Mpact Recycling managing director, John Hunt says, “Our partnership with Mrs South Africa delivered great value in 2015 as the 25 finalists contributed to educating school children on the benefits of recycling and helped us to identify and include new communities and schools in our schools’ recycling project. This year, our campaign will include a socio-economic development element where the Top 25 contestants will meet community leaders to identify needs in their areas, which Mpact will meet provided that the area’s recycling targets are met. The campaign objectives fit neatly with Mpact’s own drive to create awareness in schools and communities about recycling.” Continue reading

(South Africa, June 2016) The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation has been selected as one of the four official charities supported by the Absa Cape Epic for the next three years.

The Absa Cape Epic has over the years extended a formal charity engagement program to a number of notable charitable organisations. This will be the 3rd year that the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation will partner with the world renowned mountain bike race.

Morné du Plessis Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in South Africa explains, “We are honoured to once again be selected as one of four official charities supported by the Absa Cape Epic. Laureus is built on the belief that sport has the innate ability to change the world and ignite positive change, and it has always been important that we associate and align the Foundation with organisations that follow the same ethos which is certainly the case with the Absa Cape Epic. This opportunity will go a long way in helping the Foundation achieve one of its goals of helping youngsters across SA overcome limitations imposed on them by challenging social issues.” Continue reading

Another South African business success story, Bidvest, has partnered with SA Rugby and on Thursday announced that they will come on board for the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland.

The deal between Bidvest – a multinational services, trading and distribution company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange – and SA Rugby will see their logo feature on the Springboks’ shorts for the Ireland series, as well as a logo placement on the field for the Tests.

“The support top South African companies are showing the Springboks has been very encouraging,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.

“Bidvest are a South African success story and they have seen the value of associating with the success story that is the Springboks. Continue reading

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