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LIVING in a country where finding employment or a decent paying job is almost impossible, we see many female entrepreneurs emerging every year to help grow themselves and be financially stable. The public sector is now encouraging young black women to become entrepreneurs; this is something they have successfully fought for many years.

It is still a sad case that this has not made things easier. Many are still struggling to become successful. It’s either they just don’t have enough knowledge, don’t know the right people in the industry, or have no funding. In turn it takes them many years to pick up business, some even give up and return to their 9 – 5 jobs. However, initiatives such as the NYDA have been put in place to ensure that small businesses have the right equipment to grow. It is up to the aspiring entrepreneurs to research how to build a business, where to find help, and more about the industry they would like to go into. There is now an amazing growth in the communications industry with Public Relations companies mostly owned by women. Continue reading

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Summer storms brewing over the Highveld, the mists of Victoria Falls, Cape Town’s unmistakeable Table Mountain from 500 km away, and the world’s oldest meteor scar.

These are just a few of the African scenes named as favourites by British Airways pilots in the “Ask The Pilot” section of the airline’s inflight magazine, Highlife SA, which publishes its 50thedition  next month. The magazine is complimentary to passengers on British Airways (operated by Comair) and combines local and international content. It’s an eclectic mix that’s proved popular with travellers and includes a monthly column by veteran foreign correspondent and BBC World Affairs Editor, John Simpson. Continue reading

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Two teams from Lagos have today been selected to pilot a unique digital idea they have developed to help the BBC reach young African audiences. The teams: Codulab, a small company based in Lagos, and a collaborative team of Nigerian innovators (Team Timerail), have been chosen for the next stage of the digital innovation programme from BBC Connected Studio and the BBC World Service.

In January this year, a briefing session for 100 people within the tech community of Lagos was held in partnership with the Co-Creation Hub and was streamed live online. The brief for teams was to reach the growing mobile audiences in Nigeria with an innovative digital idea and special workshops with digital experts were held to further help potential entrants. Submitted ideas were then scored and shortlisted by a judging panel, these shortlisted teams were asked to submit a further detailed plan and undergo a Q&A session with BBC experts. Following this period, the judges then selected two of the four shortlisted ideas to be taken forward and built into pilots throughout the year. Continue reading

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Celebrating South African culture from the townships to the backyards of suburbia has been at the heart of ChesaNyama – South Africa’s best loved and fastest growing food franchise.

A star studded red carpet affair, the launch of ChesaNyama’s first Grill House concept store in Braamfontein, Johannesburg today on the 12th May was attended by the country’s A-listers including celebrities, Soccer Star Daniel Cardoso, and YFM Melo Maoka, who were clearly wowed by the by the urban vibe. The event marks the brand’s entry into the casual dining restaurant space.

Stelio Nathanael, founder and CEO of ChesaNyama, says, “The quintessential braai or shisa is the common meeting point for South African’s of all walks of life and is at the heart of celebrations from weddings to funerals, births, birthdays and national holidays. I created ChesaNyama to fill an unmet niche for fast food that delivers the national braai flavour in a convenient take-away for enjoyment any day of the week.” Continue reading

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Venue: Joubert-Tradauw Wine Farm, Barrydale, Route 62.

Albert Frost, Majozi, Nomadic Orchestra, Manouche, Slow Jack, Hatchetman, DJ Dirtroad.
Every year the Joubert-Tradauw Wine Cellar open their farm in true Karoo hospitality style and welcome visitors from all over to join them for a fun-filled weekend of good live music, food and wine.  The organizers, Red Hot Events, bring you an array of popular SA musicians throughout the weekend, including the blues rock phenomenon Albert Frost; the enigmatic Majozi who`s hit single “The River” played on major radio stations including 5fm and KFM and SA`s favorite instrumental dance band Nomadic Orchestra. Add to that the stylish gypsy jazz sounds of Manouche, the raw melodic rock of the much talked about newcomers Slow Jack andHatchetman, three men who wrap their remarkable blend of three-part harmony around an intoxicating brew of original songs. Wrap it all up with the fabulous DJ Dirtroad`s “50’s,60’s,70’s,80’s, and some 90’s beats” – and the weekend promises to be the best party the Klein Karoo has ever seen. Continue reading

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The Springbok Sevens team contesting the HSBC Paris Sevens tournament this weekend, is determined to keep their hopes alive to win the overall HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The South Africans are currently second on the overall log and eight points behind Fiji in first place. A title win in Paris for the Springbok Sevens team, and an early Cup exit for Fiji, could put the Blitzboks right back in contention with only London, the last tournament of the series, remaining.

That will mean a very strong showing in the Stade Jean Bouin though, but according to Springbok Sevens captain, Philip Snyman, it is exactly what they are aiming towards.

“It is a massive honour to lead this team and we are keen to make the nation proud with our performances. We know we will have to be at our best,” said Snyman, who will be playing in his 36th tournament for South Africa. Continue reading

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On May 28, 2016, Europe’s largest football event – the UEFA Champions League Final will take place at Milan’s Stadio San Siro.

PRIME CIRCLE has been invited by the UEFA to perform live at the Champions Festival which will be held from May 26 to 28 at the Piazza del Duomo in the center of Milan. PRIME CIRCLE will perform on May 27th at 2 pm.

PRIME CIRCLE is the most successful rock band from South Africa! All six albums have reached platinum and gold award status in South Africa. The Band has received 14 nominations for South African and African Awards shows and has performed over 1 500 shows in Africa, The Middle East and Europe.
The new album “Let The Night In – Deluxe” will be released on May 13 all over Europe and in South Africa.

STATEMENT ROSS Learmonth (voc, guit.): “PRIME CIRCLE is very proud to participate in this mega-event and guarantee the football fans a top-class rock performance.”

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· Tickets start from low as R75 in PE to watch Springboks at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

· Cheapest tickets in Cape Town and Johannesburg only R100

· Boks tackle Ireland in South Africa for the first time since 2004

From only R75 in Port Elizabeth and R100 in Cape Town and Johannesburg respectively, Springbok fans will be able to book their seat to watch the men in Green and Gold in action against Ireland next month. Tickets for the Castle Lager Incoming Series Test Series in June have already opened in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, while sales in Cape Town is due to open at midday on Thursday, 12 May. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town unveiled its 150th FreeCall line in Khayelitsha today, 11 May 2016. What could be dubbed as the City’s very own ‘please call us’ service, makes it easier for even more residents to access services at no cost to themselves. Today’s unveiling also marked a significant achievement for the City. Read more below:

Residents of Khayelitsha joined the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services and Compliance, Councillor Xanthea Limberg, in the Masakhane Library for the unveiling of the City’s 150th FreeCall line (FCL). This brings the number to eight FCLs dotted across Khayelitsha.

The pilot phase of this project was launched in July 2009 when four FreeCall lines were installed in City facilities in Strand, Lwandle and Khayelitsha. Continue reading

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