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If you’re looking for natural ways to beat the cold and flu season, give your immune system a much-needed nutrient boost with one of these delicious, antioxidant-packed Rooibos smoothies.

Rooibos’ medicinal attributes have been confirmed by scientists from around the globe and in SA. The tea is capable of reducing cardiovascular disease and premature aging, has cancer-fighting properties and is a powerful immune-booster.

Ernest du Toit, spokesperson for the Rooibos Council says the tea contains polyphenols that have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimutagenic qualities, which are organic chemicals that are known for their antioxidant capabilities.

“Polyphenols act as scavengers of free radicals throughout the body, which are detrimental by-products of cell metabolism that can cause a host of ailments. Aspalathin and nothofagin are two other vital antioxidants that Rooibos tea contains, making it a great beverage to boost your immune system and protect your body against all types of diseases and conditions,” says du Toit.

The nutritional value of Rooibos are as follows: Continue reading

In an ongoing effort to bring youthful South Africans together through the power of music, this Youth Month 5FM announces the station’s first 18 years and under youth music festival. On 18 June, in honour of Youth Month, the station will host the first annual Live Loud Youth Fest specifically aimed at a younger audience. The event, at Innesfree Park in Sandton, Johannesburg and from 13:00 – 21:00, is aimed specifically at teenagers aged 13 – 18 – there are no over 18s allowed.

5FM Station Manager, Justine Cullinan, says, “Young people often miss out on big festivals and concerts because of alcohol restrictions. As a responsible youthful brand we fully support that but we feel it’s time for young people to be able to enjoy the big 5FM Live Loud stage, featuring their favourite bands and DJs, in a safe, alcohol-free environment.” Continue reading

“A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it’s better than no inspiration at all,” as veteran writer Rita Mae Brown once said. It’s an apt observation considering that, for those working in creative fields, sometimes a deadline can be the best motivating factor to complete a project and make those all-important submissions.

In the spirit of motivation, Loeries®, the benchmark for brand communication across Africa and the Middle East, has extended the deadline for entries into its annual awards to 31 May 2016. The awards will take place during Loeries® Creative WeekTM Durban, South Africa, in August.

All brands, marketers, design and advertising agencies, public relations firms, film and video producers, architectural consultancies, music video producers and creative directors across the spectrum of brand communications are invited to submit their most creative and inspiring work for the period 1 June 2015 – 31 May 2016. Continue reading

An initiative aimed at bridging the divide between education and the world of work

Absa, part of the Barclays Africa Group, today announced the launch in South Africa of ‘ReadytoWork,’ an employability initiative that helps to train and equip young people for the world of work.

This follows the successful roll-out of the initiative in six of the countries in which Barclays Africa operates – Zambia, Seychelles, Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius and Zimbabwe, and after receiving support from the MEC of Education in Gauteng the curriculum is now available in some schools across the province, with further schools to follow in Limpopo and Free State. Continue reading

Talent seems to be the biggest indicator of success in most fields, but talent alone is not enough. Take Amber Fieldgate for example, the aspiring South African singer has it all – the looks, character and a voice to match – but without hard work and the right opportunities, talent is easily squandered.
Amber learnt this lesson at a very young age, not only taking the time to perfect her talent, but actively chasing her dreams. Using South Africa as a training ground to develop her skills, she’s held a lifelong dream of becoming an internationally acclaimed singer, and will be taking her first step towards realising this dream in June.
Scouted by international talent scout,Kim Myers, the rising star has been selected to represent South Africa at the Applause Rising Talent Showcase (ARTS) in Orlando, Florida. Here, she will get to rub shoulders with top industry experts and scouts from all around the world.

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Johannesburg, 9 May 2016: Expect jokes aplenty as Lip Sync Battle Africa enters its fifth week with a LOL comedy duel between homegrown stand-up heavyweights Joey Rasdien and Loyiso Gola (MTV, DStv channel 130, 20:50 CAT, 12 May 2016).

Using their comic know-how and commanding stage presence to the max, the two comedians blend epic lip synching skills with one-liners, over-the-top comedic disses and previously undreamed-of dancing skills as they hustle to impress the packed studio audience.

Hosted by Pearl Thusi with colourful commentary from ‘koko master’ and Afrobeat star, D’Banj, Lip Sync Battle Africa has previously witnessed epic battles between Cassper Nyovest vs Boity Thulo, Thando Thabethe vs Lerato Kganyago, Jason Goliath/Tol A$$ Mo vs Celeste Ntuli/Nina Hastie and Flavour vs Maps Maponyane. Continue reading

This from mashable.com:

Before he even reached the age requirement to make a Facebook account, a 10-year-old found a major flaw in Instagram, earning him a cool $10,000 from Facebook.

Jani (his parents withheld his last name), figured out a way to get into Instagram’s servers and delete text posted by Instagram users, Finnish news site Iltalehti reported.

Jani was rewarded $10,000 by Facebook as part of its bug bounty program, which offers cash rewards to people who find bugs and flaws in Facebook’s digital infrastructure. That includes the Facebook-owned Instagram.

Full story here:

http://mashable.com/2016/05/03/facebook-instagram-hack/#YKDWNy3xuGq3

In a bold step forward, KFC today launched a satisfaction promise to its customers, called Taste Guarantee, in all of it’s over 800 restaurants across South Africa.

“KFC is  committed to serving great tasting Original Recipe® chicken, prepared exactly the same way the Colonel did so many years ago – the hard way,” says Doug Smart, Managing Director KFC Africa. “To reinforce our commitment to doing things exactly right, Taste Guarantee promises customers will be fully satisfied with their meal or the restaurant will gladly replace it, because every meal at KFC should be Finger Lickin’ Good!”

The KFC Taste Guarantee journey includes several steps to make sure customers enjoy that delicious KFC taste, every time. Continue reading

This from thoughtleader.co.za:

As a little boy, I witnessed my first live sports encounter from the veranda of our humble home in Sada (Hewu). Across the road, and a further 50 or so metres from there, was the rugby field that was home to the Wallabies Rugby Club. The field was hard – pure ground – without a blade of grass. The field was marked using a spade – you just hit the ground hard enough to break the soil – and you do that for all the lines applicable to rugby field configurations. Yes, the field was that hard, and NO, the lines were not straight. But a game of rugby was played.

The home team (Wallabies) wore black and white stripes for their jerseys. The shorts were black. The socks were a medley of combinations. If you were good enough, you were old enough. I saw some lighties play as I did men who would have passed as my father. The crowd that gathered occupied old car tyres or upside-down buckets as seats, otherwise they simply stood along as the game played itself out. The poles held their H-formation, but barely. They slanted precariously and the crossbar could have given way at any time. There was no padding against them and any hard contact with the poles would have caused injury of serious proportions. Not only that, the poles would have to be reconstructed and that would have delayed the game. To boot, there was no medic pitch-side.

This was a social scene. The community came out in numbers and the Wallabies had support.

This game was played over 25 years ago. It was the only game I ever witnessed on this field. Now, the field plays host to a corrugated iron church. If not a church, then homes made of the same substance or mud. Weeds have taken over where there is no immovable property and the Wallabies have long been defunct. Simply, there is no physical memory of the field or the team.

Full story here:

http://thoughtleader.co.za/songezomabece/2016/05/05/the-real-sports-transformation-project-lies-not-at-national-level/#.Vys4byrZbSM.twitter

unnamedPrime Circle are releasing a deluxe edition of their acclaimed 2014 album Let the Night In, to coincide with their European tour that includes festival appearances alongside Iron Maiden, Garbage, Slayer and Iggy Pop.

Let the Night In – Deluxe Edition is the band’s first official European release, and will go on sale globally on Friday, 13 May 2016 ahead of their multi-date tour of Germany and Austria.

It features the 13 tracks from the two-time South African Music Award-winning album Let the Night In, including the singles Gone and Doors, as well as four new original songs and a live, unplugged version of the title track, Let the Night In.

The first single, Ghosts, will be released on radio on 06 May 2016, accompanied by a “haunting” music video that marks the co-directorial debut of Prime Circle frontman Ross Learmonth. Continue reading

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