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V&A Waterfront goes head-to-head with European destinations

Cape Town, 8 April 2016 – Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront took pride of place as the only South African, and only one of three nominated destinations in the world, at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) ‘Tourism for Tomorrow’ Destination Awards held at the 16th WTTC Global Summit in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, 7 April.

With Parkstad Limburg in the Netherlands emerging the frontrunner, David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront said this was nonetheless a defining moment for the business: “The fact that we were nominated by an organisation the stature of the WTTC, alongside destinations such as Parkstad Limburg and Swiss Parks Network in Switzerland is testament to the fact that our offering is comparable with the best in the world.

“While the V&A Waterfront is fortunate to boast many attractions, that alone is not enough to distinguish ourselves as an international tourist destination. It requires a holistic, sustainable vision for development, protection of historical assets and an inclusive approach that is as welcoming of locals as it is of visitors. These key strengths have enabled the Waterfront to hold its own on a global tourism platform. Continue reading

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25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION AIRS MONDAY 11 APRIL AT 20:30 CAT ON MTV

Johannesburg/Lagos, 10 April 2016: South African actress Charlize Theron wonBest Female Performancefor her role inMad Max: Fury Roadwhile “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” took home the trophy for “Movie of the Year” at the 25th anniversary edition of the “MTV Movie Awards.

Held Saturday night outdoors for the first time ever on the Warner Bros. Studios backlot in Burbank, California, more than 2,000 screaming fans and Hollywood’s hottest turned out to see hosts Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, performers Ariana Grande and Halsey, and many, many more take the stage to honour the year’s fan-favourite films and stars.  Continue reading

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Three decades on and South Africa’s ‘My Cousin’, Barry Hilton, continues to send worldwide audiences on an instant vacation where unmatchable, hilarious and extremely animated anecdotes are the order of the day. An originally unique and warm-hearted good guy who strives for success and never gives up, Barry has become a household headline name over the last 30 years. There is no slowing him down.

In May and July 2016, Barry will be taking his insanely, funny new show, Evolver, to theatres in South Africa and abroad. Sun International’s Wild Coast Sun host him on 12 May and he appears at the state-of-the-art Clapham Grand in London in July. Sun International’s Wild Coast Sun is special for Barry as this is the venue that launched Barry’s career 30 years ago. He performed there originally in a show called It’s a Scandal. While the audience will be roaring for laughter and asking for more, this show will be a poignant and nostalgic performance for Barry. Continue reading

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The winner of South Africa’s best soapie at this year’s SAFTA awards, Rhythm City, will be having an open audition this April.

Rhythm City is looking to cast a character called Nomalanga, an authentic Zulu speaking female between the ages of 21 and 30. Nomalanga is Zolani’s (Melusi Mbele) fiancé, and the daughter of a Kwazulu Natal based mining magnate and struggle veteran. Continue reading

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Johannesburg/Lagos, 10 April 2016: South African actress Charlize Theron won “Best Female Performance” for her role in “Mad Max: Fury Road” while “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” took home the trophy for “Movie of the Year” at the 25th anniversary edition of the “MTV Movie Awards.

Held Saturday night outdoors for the first time ever on the Warner Bros. Studios backlot in Burbank, California, more than 2,000 screaming fans and Hollywood’s hottest turned out to see hosts Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, performers Ariana Grande and Halsey, and many, many more take the stage to honour the year’s fan-favourite films and stars.  The “2016 MTV Movie Awards” premieres across Africa on Monday 11 April, with the red carpet pre-show beginning at 20:30 CAT and main show at 22:00 CAT on MTV (DStv channel 130). Continue reading

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This incredible work has been commissioned (part of the Suidoosterfees 2016) to celebrate the life and work of the late Professor Jakes Gerwel ( the former chairman of Media24, former rector of the University of Western Cape and the director general of former President Nelson Mandela’s cabinet). Kristalvlakte will serve as a creative and literary monument honoring Jakes Gerwel’s memory.

From the shreds of the constant drug war, dealer Priscilla is trying to keep her family and life together. The community is bleeding due to the interference of political orders, gang bosses and religious leaders. Sometimes there are waves of peace, as in any good war. But war is like love – it will always find a way out. And while life goes on Priscilla’s drug dealings will survive in the backstreets of time.

Amy Jephta’s epic theater piece, has a star-studded cast: Ilse Klink, Brendon Daniels Roysten Stoffels Bianca Flanders, Tarryn Wyngaard, Dean Smith, Gantane Kusch, Daniel Richards, Dean Desk, Riaan Staggering and Antonio Fischer. It tells the story of a community much larger than the individual characters. Continue reading

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(South Africa, 12 April 2016) This weekend, several Absa Pride Riders who took part in the 2016 Absa Cape Epic committed their support to young Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy (DMA) members. As part of Absa’s ongoing support for the DMA, the Absa Pride Riders donated much needed cycling gear and committed to taking the young riders under their wing through a mentorship programme aligned to the bank’s ReadytoWork initiative.

ReadytoWork is Barclays Africa’s pan-African initiative aimed at helping young people build the skills they need to make the critical transition from education into the world of work. Continue reading

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SA Rugby has assembled a vastly experienced team management to assist the new Springbok head coach with the core duties in preparing the team for the next four years.

Former Springbok Sevens captain Mzwandile Stick will join Johann van Graan as assistant coach, with Ian Schwartz carrying on as team manager.

Van Graan is retained in his role as assistant, while Stick joins the coaching staff after a stellar playing with the Springbok Sevens, where he was the captain and also a member of the team that won the World Series title in the 2008/09 season. Last year Stick coached Eastern Province to the Provincial Under-19 title. Continue reading

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Allister Coetzee has been involved with rugby since 1974, first as a player and then later as a team manager, assistant coach and head coach.

Coetzee was born on 23 May 1963 in Grahamstown. He was an outstanding scrumhalf in the period before rugby unification in South Africa, and captained the SARU national team, as they were called back in the days, between 1988 and 1991 following his debut in 1985.

He was selected for the Junior Springboks in 1992 and played in the Currie Cup for Eastern Province between 1992 and 1996, as well as in the 1994 Super 10 competition for the Eastern Cape team.

The former teacher retired from the game in 1996. Coetzee then ventured into coaching and was immediately appointed as an assistant coach for EP in 1996. Two years later he was appointed as team manager for the Cell C Sharks’ Vodacom Super Rugby side, where he also became an assistant coach in 2000. Continue reading

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