A number of specially selected South African households look set to become the country’s latest reality stars when Gogglebox South Africa premiers on Thursday 03 March 2016 at 21:00 on the Sony Channel (DStv Channel 127).
A diverse mix of South African’s will be represented on the show where we are invited into ordinary people’s living rooms. Introducing some of Gogglebox’s households:
• Portuguese married couple Travis and Giselle, both share the same professional interest as online content producers. This couple is bold and entertaining. Their strong connection as a couple will be tested as this couple don’t always see eye-to-eye. Join Travis and Giselle as they entertain you with their energetic playful vibe on Gogglebox.
• Valentine and Melissa enjoy spending their time doing the simple things in life as a couple – having dinner and drinks in front of the TV. Valentine a make-up sales rep and Melissa a home executive share their time with their three year old son. A dynamic, supportive and beautiful young family that will be sure to keep you entertained. Continue reading
Models and Pageantry SA Magazine (MPSAmag) hosted the inaugural Miss, Mrs and Mr MPSAmag at The Venue Melrose Arch on Sunday, 31 January 2016. With over R400,000 in prizes to be won, the event, which was a fundraiser for the charity Deskbags, was exceptionally well supported by entrants and spectators alike.
An amputee model Caleb Swanepoel (20), a first-time pageant entrant, stole the show on the day. The Capetonian survived a shark attack in Knysna in 2015, which left him with a prosthetic right leg. Flying in for the day to compete, the University of Cape Town drama student made his first win of the day in the 17+ male category, then scooped the overall senior male category, before walking away with the overall winner’s title – Mr MPSAmag 2016.
Genive Trimble (17), winner of the 16 to 18 female category, beat fellow Roodepoort resident, 19+ winner Tharina Botes (19) in a tightly contested walk off after they had tallied up an identical score in the preliminary rounds. After the walk off, Genive won the Senior Female title by a margin of just 0.3 points. Junior Male winner was Roan Gonsalves (16) of Krugersdorp who had competed in the male 13 to 16 category and Junior Female winner was Miné Fourie (13) from Rustenburg in the 13 to 15 girls category. Continue reading
Ditch the roses and chocolates and avoid crushing rejection this Valentine’s Day with 5FM’s annual anti-Valentine’s Day event Love Sucks party. This year we found the perfect partner in the super trendy Opel Adam, the event sponsor, who will play a very pivotal role in this year’s party.
Sticking to what the station knows best, this year sees the return of speed dating as 5FM plays cupid to party-goers with an Adam and Eve themed party in Johannesburg, Ballito, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth – all on Saturday 13 February. And if you’re not into speed dating – that’s still cool, 5FM DJ’s will keep you on the dance floor all night. Entry into the respective clubs are R55 and available for pre-sale at www.quicket.co.za with all proceeds going towards national youth leadership development organisation loveLife. Continue reading
The Maynardville Open-Air Theatre is the setting for another season of Shakespeare this month. This production of ‘Othello’ coincides with the theatre’s 60th anniversary.
The City of Cape Town’s open-air theatre inside Maynardville Park is the stage for the annual Artscape Shakespeare in the Park production, with the play ‘Othello’ being featured for 2016.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the venue as well as the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616. Throughout 2016, theatre companies across the globe will pay tribute to William Shakespeare’s lasting legacy as the world’s preeminent playwright.
‘We are delighted to partner with the Artscape again to bring this timeless masterpiece to Maynardville. The setting under the stars provides a memorable experience for theatre lovers of all ages,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Alderman Belinda Walker. Continue reading
(February 2016) Brace yourself, The takealot.com Cape Town 10s is a drop kick away! Taking place on 5 & 6 February 2016at Hamilton’s Rugby Club in Green Point, this year’s event is going to be the most epic event the Mother City has ever witnessed!
There are loads of new additions to this year’s takealot.com Cape Town 10s tournament; beach volleyball has been introduced which includes the Flying Fish Pro Beach Volleyball Series. There is the ‘Live The 10s Rugby Village’ which provides the opportunity for spectators and players alike to stay on-sight at the tournament. There will be loads of spot prizes and exciting activations, celebs galore and a great entertainment line-up inside Africa’s biggest beer tent. There will be free Wi-Fi available at the event so be sure to post your favourite moments of the day on the social media platforms; don’t forget to tag #takealot10s on your posts. Over 25 000 people attended the last event – if you you’re looking for the most exhilarating weekend of your life, you’ll need to pre-book tickets right away to avoid FOMO and a 500 metre line at the gate! Continue reading
During the City of Cape Town’s Urban Sustainability Internship Programme awards ceremony which was held on Friday 29 January 2016 at the Two Oceans Aquarium, six interns were honoured for their outstanding contributions. Read more below:
The City’s Urban Sustainability Internship Programme offers interns the opportunity to enhance, reinforce and strengthen their academic knowledge and practical skills, making them more marketable for job opportunities because of their work experience.
‘The past 10 years of investment is testament to the City’s commitment to creating opportunities for young professionals and empowering them, through skills development, to promote and contribute to our environmental sustainability. The programme has proven its success and effectiveness in producing exceptional young professionals over the past decade. Continue reading
The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre is coordinating a safety exercise at the Simon’s Town railway station on Tuesday 2 February 2016, simulating a rail disaster.
The exercise is being done in collaboration with various other agencies including the City Fire and Rescue Service, Metrorail, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Transnet, the South African Police Service, the South African National Defence Force, the National Sea Rescue Institute, Emergency Medical Services and Forenic Pathology Services.
The scenario will involve a train colliding with a diesel tanker en route to the Simon’s Town Naval Base, causing the train to catch alight. A hazardous spill will also form part of the scenario. Members of the public – pet owners in particular – are advised that smoke grenades and thunder flashes will be used. Continue reading
The five star hotel, situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, was chosen out of hundreds of possible places that the well heeled have access to in Africa.
A survey, conducted by the New World Wealth report, reveals which safari destinations in Africa are the most popular, but while The Royal Livingstone is a hotel, not a lodge, it was – nevertheless – voted as a preferred destination.
The report stated that South Africa remained the most popular destination on the continent. However, lodges dotted across Africa, and the Royal Livingstone Hotel, were singled out in the top ten super luxury category.
The hotel, renowned for its superb service and colonial-inspired décor, is named after the famous explorer David Livingstone.
Graeme Stephens, CEO of Sun International said: “We are delighted with the accolade, but not at all surprised. The Royal Livingstone is quite unique, situated as it is on the banks of the mighty Zambezi, overlooking the seventh natural wonder of the world, Victoria Falls.
“We are very proud of all our staff at the Royal Livingstone who embody service excellence. This acknowledgement from the world’s richest tourists is really a tribute to their dedication. Our people go that extra mile to ensure guest satisfaction, and it appears to have paid off.”
The City of Cape Town undertook emergency repairs on the iconic City Hall clock after it stopped working in November 2013, and had been operated manually for short periods of time up until the fault was addressed and repaired.
‘Restoration and repairs have been completed on the City Hall clock and it is once again in full working order,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor.
The clock in the turret is modelled on London’s Big Ben and is exactly half the size. It strikes the hours and chimes the Westminster Quarters.
‘A few contractors were called in to assess the problems, and it was decided that we needed to find a more specialised subcontractor who has the experience and a better understanding of historical clock mechanisms,’ explained Councillor Bloor. Continue reading