Pawn Stars SA is set in the Cash Inn pawn shop in Johannesburg. Owner Roy Peretz, his business partners Eytan and Liel, and assistants Irene and Solly meet customers from all walks of life who want to pawn or sell a range of quirky, unique and sometimes valuable items. South Africa’s rich and diverse culture provides a treasure-trove of fascinating artefacts from past to present, from muscle cars to military memorabilia, which flood through the shop doors.
The second series of Pawn Stars SA introduces a new member of the team, Cecily Pavoncelli. Cecily’s mission will be to spend Roy’s money on some fine items, bringing in a creative and positive energy to the store. Another new addition to the show, and supporting the team at Cash Inn, will be University of Pretoria’s Professor Fransjohan Pretorius, author of numerous books and an expert on recent South African history.
The new series features even more local artefacts, including an original bronze casting of Professor Chris Barnard’s hands, a piece of literary history from Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer and amazing original sketches from the proudly South African movie Zambezia. Some of the more intriguing discoveries include maps, personal items and firearms, as well as more recent historical items that have emerged from the country’s liberation struggle over the past 50 years.
Note to editors: the following speech was delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the Cape Town Climate Change Coalition last week. The forum includes role players from the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government, civil society and business to discuss collective actions needed to address climate change effectively.
In December I participated in a number of events in Paris at COP21, specifically dealing with the role that cities can play in pushing a more ambitious agenda on climate change. Continue reading
Woodstock Live, Sunday 20 March 2016
Trafalgar Park, Woodstock.
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In celebration of Wales Day 🙂
Street soccer players, B-Boys and graffiti artists will be taking over a secret location in Cape Town on the 5th of March of a raucous night of art, Hip-Hop and soccer hosted by Fives Street ambassadors Youngsta and Chad Saaiman. Now in its third year the event fuses soccer and street culture, bringing Capetonians an action packed mix of movement, music and spectacle.
“ISPS Handa, in collaboration with Fives Futbol, Black Wolf Agency, Red Bull, Happy Socks, PES2016, Zootee Studios, Shelflife and adidas, is proud to be part of an incredible event that brings soccer to the city in such a dynamic, culturally relevant way”, says Dr Haruhisa Handa, CEO of ISPS Handa (International Sports Promotion Society) – a non-profit organisation that aims to increase welfare through sport. Continue reading
Three of the most popular South African rugby stars on social media, Bryan Habana, Kyle Brown and Seabelo Senatla, will on Tuesday, 1 March 2016, chat directly with rugby fans from Las Vegas in a unique and new social media fan engagement initiative.
The trio of players, who are in the USA with the Springbok Sevens team, will take over the @Blitzboks Twitter account for one hour on Tuesday from 19h00 to 20h00 (SA time), in what is a first of its kind for South African rugby on the popular social media platform.
Springbok Sevens supporters are urged to participate in this unique fan activity. In order to do so, they must follow these few easy steps:
- Log onto Twitter at 19h00
- Send your questions to @Blitzboks with the hashtag #ASKBOK7S
Brown, the Springbok Sevens captain, said he and his team mates are looking forward to the opportunity to interact with the team’s supporters worldwide.
“We always get good support from our fans wherever we play in the world, but to engage directly with our fans in this manner is something special. I would like to urge our fans to send as many questions as they can,” said Brown.
The Springbok Sevens squad is currently in Las Vegas for round five of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, which takes from 4 to 6 March.
Monday, 29 February 2016: To celebrate the month of love, and the fact that 2016 is a leap year; Smile Breakfast with Bobby Brown and Lindy Hibbard made a Cape Town couple’s dreams come true today when they hosted a surprise engagement at the One & Only Resort, Cape Town as the last chapter in the Smile Breakfast “Take the Leap” campaign.
Lindy Hibbard, Smile Breakfast co-presenter, accompanied Carien de Jager from Durbanville, who was pre-selected by the Smile Breakfast team to meet her then boyfriend (now fiancé!), Marcel van Tonder, at the One and Only Resort situated at the V&A Waterfront for a beautifully planned secret proposal, complete with a live broadcast by Smile 90.4 FM from the Vista Bar with romantic red flowers and sparkling champagne.
The hotel’s Vista Bar, with its large 2-storey windows forming a picturesque backdrop of Table Mountain, created the perfect setting for Carien to pop the question in the spirit of the leap year, and propose to her forever man, Marcel. Continue reading
Kenny Solomon from Mitchell’s Plain has become the first South African to attain the coveted chess title of grandmaster.
In October 2012, GroundUp ran an interview with Solomon. At that time he had become a grandmaster-elect but still needed to jump through some technical hoops to become a full-fledged grandmaster.
On Sunday, the popular Chessbase website reported that by winning the 2014 Africa Chess Championship which ended a few days ago, he attained the grandmaster title. Solomon scored 7/9 and won the tournament on tie-break from Egyptian grandmaster, Ahmed Adly.
The Chessbase article carries an interview with Solomon, who is quoted saying, “Eventually, I hope I can help in developing the chess scene in South Africa in some way, perhaps by being involved in a training centre. There are many chess players in South Africa and it does have its own chess culture. However, most tournaments are not FIDE-rated. In junior tournaments, emphasis is mainly on qualification to international junior events. South Africa needs more FIDE-rated events.