New autumn twist for signature Ice Cream & Wine Pairings
The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne, a hidden gem on a family-run wine farm in the Devon Valley outside Stellenbosch, has cemented its reputation as a popular gourmet destination, with a number one ranking on the world’s largest travel website, TripAdvisor.
The success of this free online travel guide lies in the authenticity of the reviews posted by travellers from across the globe and statistics sourced from these appraisals add further credibility, making it the number one site for travel information. Raving 5-star reviews posted by diners from across the globe, have catapulted The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne into the number one position out of 93 Stellenbosch restaurants listed on TripAdvisor.
In addition to its generous food and wine pairing menus, warm service, relaxed atmosphere and awe-inspiring views, The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne, is also celebrated for its signature Ice Cream & Wine Pairings which now feature four new autumn inspired sensations to comfort the cravings until the end of June.
These dreamy indulgences cost R65 per person and include four scoops of homemade ice cream paired with matching estate wines. Each combination creates a sensory melt-in-the-mouth moment, with tastes unique to the season.
Resident chef Nadia Louw Smith enlivens hibernating palates with the perfect sweet and sour combination – her luscious Fig, Lemon & Chilli ice cream matched with the estate’s award-winning Sauvignon Blanc which shined amongst the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 in 2011 and 2012. The fig highlights the fruitiness of the wine and the lemon brings out its freshness, while the chilli adds extra dimension to the Sauvignon Blanc which is known to pair exceptional well with spicy dishes.
For on-the-spot exuberance Clos Malverne’s popular coffee-style Pinotage, Le Café, is served with a scoop of Apple Crumble ice cream. The caramel apples bring out the roasted coffee bean and mocha flavours, whilst the crumble highlights the smoky undertones and slight sweetness of the wine.
Nadia’s favourite autumn combo – a Tomato & Thyme Compote ice cream served with the estate’s flagship Pinotage Reserve – beats pancakes on a rainy day. The sweet tomato compote highlights the rich fruit of the wine, whilst the thyme exposes the complex woodiness of this elegant red.
Ending your taste experience on a decadent high, the Clos Malverne Honey Dew dessert wine – which is exclusive to the restaurant – is paired with a White Chocolate, Macadamia Nut & Coffee ice cream. This is a heavenly combination that melts into a wonderful rich, velvety mouth feel with every sip and spoonful. The coffee goes very well with the sweetness of the wine while the macadamia nuts highlight its nutty undertones. The creaminess of the ice cream and the white chocolate allow the flavours of the wine to linger longer.
Clos Malverne’s time-honoured, handmade wines can only be bought directly from the estate or via its newly improved online wine sales facility which delivers your wine to your doorstep in no time.
The Clos Malverne Wine & Ice Cream Pairings are on offer from Tuesdays till Saturdays between 10h00 and 16h00. Pre-bookings are required. For more information about these unique indulgences or to book, contact Clos Malverne Estate at Tel: (+27)21 865 2022 or visit www.closmalverne.co.za.
With its stunning setting amidst the vineyards and breathtaking views of the picturesque Devon Valley, The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne is the perfect retreat to spend a soul-quenching afternoon under the trees, linger over lunch on the wraparound glass balcony or simply to pamper the senses on grim and grey days. The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne is open daily for lunch except on Mondays and bookings are essential.
It was an exciting evening of glitz and glamour at the prestigious Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City on March 18 as the South African theatre industry gathered to celebrate and applaud their peers and icons at the 10th Annual Naledi Theatre Awards supported by Auto & General Insurance.
Silvaine Strike's The Miser, about the madness of a father’s greed, paranoia and suspicion, walked off with four Naledis; Best Production of a Play, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Patricia Boyer; Best Costume Design for Sarah Roberts and Best Director for Sylvaine Strike.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous musical The Phantom of the Opera won three awards: Best Production of a Musical (Pieter Toerien Productions), Best Musical Director / Score / Arrangement for Louis Zurnamer , currently with Phantom in Korea, and Best Performance in a Musical (Male) which went to multi talented Jonathan Roxmouth.
Samantha Peo won best performance in a Musical for her poignant portrayal of Sally Bowles in Kickstart’s production of Cabaret.
The Market theatre production of Delirium, written by Ariel Dorfman and directed by Greg Homann, won two Naledis: Best Cutting Edge/Ensemble, and Best Theatre Set Design for Denis Hutchinson
The daring historical epic Abnormal Loads also won two awards: Best Theatre Lighting Design for Tina Le Roux and Best New SA script.
Best performance by an Actor in a Leading role went to Michael Richard for his riveting performance in Kickstart’s production of Red, and his son, Jeremy won best supporting actor for the same play.
Best Newcomer/Breakthrough went to son of theatre icon John Kani, Atandwa Kani for the State Theatre’s production of Rhetorical.
The life time achievement award went to South Africa's first lady of song, multiple award-winning Sibongile Khumalo, whose many contributions to the theatre includes the title role in Mzilikazi Khumalo’s illustrious musical Princess Magogo ka Dinuzulu, as well as the Award winning production of “Songs of Migration”.
Chairman of Naledi’s, Dali Tambo said that Ms Khumalo was an inspiration to all who witnessed her performances; her talents span across acting, opera, jazz , teaching and above all she is a strong activist for the advancement of theatre of all genres in SA.
The coveted Executive director's award for producers and individuals who have made a significant contribution to the advancement and development of SA Live Theatre through their vision and commitment went to Yvette Hardy, managing director of Assitej SA,the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People.
Executive Director, Dawn Lindberg said that Assitej SA raised the standard of Theatre for Children and built new audiences and theatre makers of the future. She also thanked the sponsors over the past 10 years who have supported the Naledi’s including Wharfedale Pro, Chauvet Lighting, and Distell and in particular, Auto & General Insurance who have chosen to support the Naledi theatre Awards for 3 years.
The Naledi Theatre Awards ceremony was staged and Directed By Dawn Lindberg and the Master of Ceremonies was comedian Alan Committie.The star line-up of presenters included well-known celebrities including 94.7DJ, Anele Mdoda, Arts Angel, Carolyn Steyn, jazz diva Gloria Bosman, Isidingo stars Kgomotso Christopher and Vusi Kunene, performance poet,Lebo Mashile, star of Oscar winning movie Tsotsi, Presley Chweneyagae, Young Artist winner, Prince Lamla, and Gugu and Welcome Msomi.
Guests enjoyed a scintillating line-up of entertainment from some of the best performers in the country: Cabaret, performed by award winning artist Samantha Peo and accompanied by Evan Roberts. Jonathan Roxmouth also a winner, teamed up with Ian Von Memerty for Music of the Night from Phantom, and History of the Broadway Musical: A Handful of Keys. Tamara Dey of Flash Republic sang a song specially written for the occasion and to mark her first public performance after major surgery to remove nodules from her vocal chords.
The Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah was movingly sung a’capella by Naami Gottlieb Liebermann. Sharon Spiegel-Wagner and Sivan Raphaely , “from the Mouths of Babes” to highlight the tributes to those who passed away during 2012. Modern Major General from the Pirates of Penzance had the audience chuckling as David Dennis, Michael Richard, Jonathan Taylor, Clinton Hawks, Keaton Ditchfield and Kevin Kraak took to the stage. Michael De Pinna sang Feeling Good, which was arranged by Johan Laas.
To open the show, dancers from the National School of the Arts Festival of Fame, performed Pictures of Africa. Choreographed by Lauren Jones to music by Dead can Dance, it featured N Bekwa, C Du Preez, L Ferreira, K Mokhosi, K Nche, L Phale, C Schafer, E Stevens, J Stroud, and Y Thomas as birds; K Devar, L Mzimaze, I Poggenpoel, C Rau, C Roebeck, and R van den Aardweg as buck; K Gwangwa, T Mdluli, S Ngoma, M Renecase, and S Stewart as zebra; and S Blaauw, L Botha, T Tshephe, and T Turner as rhino.
Judges for 2012 were: Renos Spanoudes, Welcome Msomi, Helen Heldenmuth, Lance Maron, Lali Dangalese, Mandla Motau, Peter Feldman, Rudi Sadler, Carolyn Steyn, Dorianne Alexander and Ferosa Marais.
Heather Mac rose to fame as the dynamic, theatrical lead singer of the band Ella Mental in the 1980’s. After several years living in Ireland, recording and performing in the USA, Ireland and Europe, she returned to SA in 1992, forming the Heather Mac Band and later, The Brills, with Mark Harris, Ian Cohen and Tonia Selley. Heather has appeared in a number of Jazzart productions along with the likes of Sibongile Khumalo, Neo Muyanga and Tina Schouw and her theatre company, MORE Theatre, represented South Africa at the 10th Annual African Theatre Festival for Children and Young People in Yaoundé, Cameroon in 2008. Currently between performing and working with an Arts Therapy NPO, Heather also holds the position of Chairperson for ASSITEJ SA and it is within the context of this role that she will be performing to raise funds to assist in sustaining the continued work of this valuable organization. ASSITEJ SA (the association of theatre for children and young people) aims to create access for every child and young person in South Africa to transformative and high quality theatre experiences.
In 2011 Heather released her first album in 20 years, “Within”, featuring amongst other respected musicians, Tim Parr, Edi Niederlander, Terrence Scarr, Chris Tokalon and Mark Harris She has been touring extensively since, including performances in Germany and Ireland in 2012. Heather’s journey to releasing her first solo album and getting back on stage was more recently shared in an I am Woman “Leap of Faith” episode which was flighted on SABC3 in September 2012, the episode featured a number of tracks off her solo album.
This one-night-only performance marks the first time that Heather Mac will have sung in Johannesburg in 20 years.
“Exceptional vocals matched by brilliant guitarist. The band had outstanding stage presence.” Cue Mag, Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2011.
The evening is supported by Old Mutual Theatre on the Square, Sandton, as well as by Gearhouse SA, Distell, Moreish, the original food goddess, Gearhouse SA and BUZ Publicity. Artists who will be lending their talents to the event include Pôko Productions and National School of the Arts learners’ whose e=mc2 was a hit at Festival of Fame.
ABOUT ASSITEJ SOUTH AFRICA:
ASSITEJ South Africa (NPO 066-875) connects and supports theatre practitioners, companies, organisations, institutions and schools across the country, sharing a belief in the transformative difference that theatre makes in the lives of children and young people. It is the national centre for ASSITEJ (the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People), which works in 85 countries across the world and is a member of ACYTA (African Children and Youth Arena), which is the African region’s ASSITEJ network, present in 17 countries.
ASSITEJ SA focuses on: creating access to theatre for young people, supporting and developing emerging and established artists, empowering arts’ education, and connecting and advocating for the arts in the lives of young people. It works to improve the quality of theatre for young audiences in South Africa through international networking and exchange.
ASSITEJ South Africa has been generously supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and the National Arts Council of South Africa. Other funders and supporters include Distell, Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, National Arts Festival, Arts and Culture Trust and Nedbank Arts Affinity, Tullow Oil, Pro Helvetia, SIDA, Goethe Institut , Gearhouse SA and BUZ Publicity.
City Sightseeing Johannesburg Bus
City Sightseeing tours up and running in Johannesburg
New sightseeing offering in Joburg is painting the town red. City Sightseeing, the brand that operates the iconic open top red double- decker buses in over 100 cities across the globe, has begun running tours in Johannesburg.
City Sightseeing Johannesburg follows an exciting route through the Joburg CBD that offers locals and tourist alike the chance to explore this vibrant city, visiting the many attractions on offer and sampling the sights, sounds, colours, cultures and rich heritage that are all synonymous with Jozi.
As with all City Sightseeing tours, Joburg operates on the world renowned and hugely popular Hop-On, Hop-Off basis, which allows sight seers the chance to get off the bus at any of the designated stops along the route and then get back on to a later bus at their leisure - guaranteeing frequent, safe and reliable transport that is cost effective, informative and fun for the entire family.
Buses run on a rotational basis, stopping at all of the designated points along the route every 40 minutes, and City Sightseeing highly recommend starting your tour either at the Gautrain Station @ Park (Bus Stop 1) or at Gold Reef City (Bus Stop 6). Tickets can be purchased from the City Sightseeing Tour Office inside the Gold Reef City Hotel; online at www.citysightseeing.co.za or on the bus using a credit card.
Stops along the route include Gandhi Square, the Roof of Africa at the Carlton Centre, the James Hall Transport Museum, the Apartheid Museum and Gold Reef City, the Mining District, the World of Beer, the Carlton Centre, Santarama Miniland, Newtown Precinct, the Origins Centre, Wits Campus, Braamfontein and Constitution Hill. “The City Sightseeing tour has opened up a whole new side of Johannesburg and the establishment of this notorious global brand - synonymous with safety and quality - within the city’s CBD lends a stamp of credence and quality to the Joburg experience,” says Claus Tworeck, CEO of City Sightseeing South Africa. “The tour will change people’s perceptions of the city of Johannesburg and offer both local and foreign visitors a unique way of exploring this fascinating city.”
“We are extremely grateful for all the assistance and buy-in we have received from government and business whilst preparing to launch the Johannesburg tour, and in particular to Tsogo Sun and the Gauteng Tourism Authority, who have supported City Sightseeing every step of the way.” Enrique Ybarra, president and CEO of City Sightseeing Worldwide, said: "Operating in nearly a hundred cities on five continents it is our obligation to be present in emerging destinations like Johannesburg. This exciting new operation takes in this exotic, traditional and dynamic city and truly enriches our global offer both to tour operators and travellers.”
“The Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus demonstrates a proud example of successful partnership between the public and private sector,” says Gauteng MEC for Economic Development Nkosiphendule Kolisile. “The Gauteng Tourism Authority and City Sightseeing South Africa have worked in close co-operation to launch the City Sightseeing Johannesburg tour and I am excited about the addition of the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus to the Gauteng tourism landscape. We know this journey will boost tourism and job creation and there are many potential business linkages that will be explored as the service grows.”
Mrs Dawn Robertson, CEO of Gauteng Tourism says that Gautengers are now offered fantastic exposure to their own back yard. “The service will begin in Johannesburg but there are already plans afoot to expand the service to other regions in the Province." Tours will start from 9am until late seven days a week. Tickets for the bus tours will cost R150, discounted to R120 if purchased online. City Sightseeing can be contacted on 0861 733 287 and tickets can also be purchased online at www.citysightseeing.co.za.
Montecasino’s Expands Entertainment Offering With The Launch Of 3 Sixtyº Liquid Lounge
Montecasino Press Release Press Release January 2013
Montecasino has expanded its robust entertainment offering and is setting new restaurant trends with the recent launch of 3 Sixtyº Liquid Lounge – a concept venue that promises to take patrons on a 360 degree sensory journey.
Fast attracting Gauteng’s over-21 socialites and the elite; 3 Sixtyº Liquid Lounge encompasses a restaurant and bistro, cigar & cognac lounge and cheese & wine room. Patrons can also choose to be seated in front of the show kitchen to witness the flair, expertise and plating techniques of the highly qualified chefs. All these elements are brought to life by the spectacular circular frost-top bar, the venues stylish design, décor and distant buzz from the casino floor.
“Montecasino prides itself in being positioned as Gauteng’s premier entertainment destination, by doing this, we constantly research new features that add to the experience and appeal to the broad spectrum of visitors to Montecasino.” says Glenn Joseph, General Manager of Montecasino. The 3 Sixtyº Liquid Lounge menus ensure a wide variety of food and beverage items to choose from including several ‘design it yourself’ options.
“The menus have been created to ensure a different offering for guests who may come back again and again for another unique experience. The fresh and ‘one of a kind’ appeal of this innovative venue comes through in all the menu offerings from gastronomically-enhanced dishes to the ultimate in palate-pleasing beverages”, says Chef, Rylan Ramsamy.
With a worldwide cuisine focus, a few of the exciting entrees include lamb fettuccine with snow peas, roast plum cherry tomatoes, and parmesan shavings; wok fried tempura prawns with crisp Asian vegetables and wasabi mayo; aged Karan beef fillet with shimiji mushroom, carrot puree and beef jus.
Shooters are served in test tubes with popping candy, peppermint crisp chips, candy floss, and other signature drinks such as the BullMeister where Jagermeister magically floats on Red Bull.
“We have also included platters for sharing such as sushi, dim sum baskets, meze, cheeses, mini burgers, gourmet nibbles and more, for groups or even couples who enjoy the growing preference for sharing smaller tasting portions of different dishes, “ says Ramsamy.
“Our 3 Sixtyº Liquid Lounge adds a unique touch to Montecasino’s entertainment offering. It’s certainly a venue with a difference, designed to tantalise and entice all five senses and the perfect addition to Montecasino’s dynamic line up,” concludes Montecasino General Manager Glenn Joseph
For further information on 3 Sixtyº Liquid Lounge or for bookings please contact 011-5107341. Montecasino – We’ve Got it!
Anne Power and Friends in New Local Movie
Anne Power and Friends in New Local Movie
As one of South Africa’s best-known theatre personalities, Anne Power explores what it means to turn 50 and be sidelined in a brave, original and hysterically funny new film To The Power of Anne. The film falls into the faux-reality genre as she strives to remain relevant in this ever changing industry where so much emphasis is placed on youth. With a reality television crew following her every move, we are given a glimpse into Power’s life and the lengths to which she goes in an effort to remain centre stage.
But with reality, comes truth, and sometimes truth can be both harrowing and painful, given the harsh world of show business. Power’s journey is bold and very funny and takes us down that all too familiar path of the aging process. The themes Power struggles with are universal to so many women the world over; money, lost fame, and the fear of aging and feeling irrelevant, however the film always treads water between humour and pathos. .
To The Power of Anne releases at cinemas on 8 March 2013.
In aid of The Society for Animals in Distress and Oliver’s House Childrens’ Home
Cycling tours are gaining momentum in South Africa and are at the beginning of what will probably become an extensive affiliation with the prospects of raising awareness and funds for something one is passionate about, while at the same time, making it a social, healthy choice.
Since 2010, Pascale and Julian Bryant have dedicated their spare time to putting together a group of cycling enthusiasts and some not-so-enthusiastic cyclists, but passionate individuals wanting to make a difference, to do just one of these exciting tours.
This year is no different and a group of 30 cyclists and 8 crew members are scheduled to ride off into the sunrise on Saturday, 15 December from Sun International’s Gauteng gambling hub, Carnival City. The tour will end at the magnificent Prince’s Grant on the Kwa-Zulu Natal East Coast Tuesday, 18 December for a well-deserved rest after the four-day tour and traveling 750 kilometres for charity. With a target to raise R100 000 for two chosen charities, the ER2EC riders are given the months ahead of December to raise as much sponsorship as possible for the beneficiaries of the funds.
The Society for Animals in Distress are delighted to be one of the recipients of the funds raised at the tour for 2012 and all proceeds from these events are allocated into areas benefitting the animals; these are sterilisations, treatment from disease or injury, dips for ticks and fleas, vaccinations and nutritional care.
Established in 1958, The Society for Animals in Distress (SAID), formerly The Bantu Animal Welfare Society, continues to recognise the critical need for primary health and veterinary care for animals in the townships of Johannesburg. Servicing eight townships north and north-east of Johannesburg, SAID continues to provide onsite, immediate assistance as well as treatment and recovery for animals requiring hospitalisation, taking place at our premises in Vorna Valley or in some instances with Veterinarians assisting SAID by providing us with pro-bono work.
For more information about the Society for Animals in Distress, visit our website: www.animalsindistress.org.za
“Protecting domestic animals, healing their sickness, fighting ignorance and empowering others to do the same."
Connecting the dots can win you a car boot full of wine
It is the season to be jolly and what better way to get your festive groove on than with a fun-filled sojourn in the Winelands when the Summer in Stellenbosch Valley 2012 offers a host of family-friendly activities at 16 popular wine farms from 8 until 17 December.
You also stand the chance to win a car boot full of Stellenbosch Valley wines, stemming from small boutique wineries to iconic wine estates, if you take part in the Connect The Dots Competition.
All you need to do to stand in line for this whopping wine prize is to earn ten orange dots by taking part in events, buy wine, or have lunch at participating restaurants and estates jotted along this sub-route of the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes during this ten day festival. The amount of dots earned for each activity is at the discretion of each farm and you need to collect ten dots per entry card.
A foremost Winelands destination, Stellenbosch Valley is home to a myriad of renowned wine estates, hotels and restaurants such as Asara, Spier, Brenaissance, Zevenwacht, Jordan, Middelvlei, Devon Valley Hotel and The House of JC Le Roux and was crowned South Africa’s finest winegrowing area at the Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards 2012.
Summer in Stellenbosch Valley 2012 is a not-to-be missed holiday highlight that treats holidaymakers and locals alike to an exciting ‘bucket list’ of attractions including authentic pairings, markets, braais and entertainment for all tastes and ages.
Gourmet events to diarise include a royal six course Zevenwacht Food & Wine Pairing Dinner of rare and special wines matched with Chef Wesley Peters’ creations (12 December) and a Wine & Pizza Pairing Evening with Brenaissance owners Tom en Hayley Breytenbach at their brand new Café Blanc de Noir restaurant (13 December). If you want to have a good time for a good cause then dust off those dancing shoes and book your table at the Dinner & Dance to be hosted at the Devon Valley Hotel with SylvanVale wines in aid of Stellenbosch Animal Welfare (14 December).
Asara will be hosting an authentic Pure Food Christmas Market (17 December) when selected food purveyors will be selling unique seasonal delights. With tables brimming with organic vegetables, gourmet sausages, local cheeses and artisan beers, this market day is ideal for that last minute Christmas Shopping and with live music and loads of kiddies entertainment it is a perfect day out for the family.
Daily attractions include unique Fleur du Cap Wine & Salt Pairings at Die Bergkelder mountain cellar; Summer Celebrations with live music, wine and craft beers at Brenaissance; bubbly wine pairings at the newly revamped House of JC Le Roux, and Carols at Sunset for young and old at Middelvlei in the warm company of the Momberg family.
The following 16 estates are participating in the 2012 Summer in Stellenbosch Valley:
Asara Wine Estate & Hotel
Bein Private Cellar
Bergkelder/Fleur du Cap
Brenaissance Wine Estate
Dormershire Wine Estate
Jordan Wine Estate
Neethlingshof Wine Estate
Sylvanvale Vineyards & Devon Valley Hotel
The House of JC Le Roux
Whether you need to impress the in-laws, spoil those overseas guests, keep the little ones busy during the school holiday or simply just want to escape the maddening festive rush, Summer in Stellenbosch Valley is your ticket to the good life. Kindly note that some of the activities need to be booked in advance.
Summer in Stellenbosch Valley promotes responsible drinking, so drink plenty of water, keep track of your wine consumption and do not drink on an empty stomach. Be sure not to drink and drive and note that no alcohol will be served to under 18’s.
For a complete programme and more information on the 2012 Summer in Stellenbosch Valley contact Tel: (021) 886 8275; send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.wineroute.co.za. You can also follow Summer in Stellenbosch Valley on Twitter @SBoschValley and Facebook.
Round up your friends and head down to Cuvée, Simonsig Estate’s signature restaurant for a relaxed afternoon of bubbly, oysters and local music talent, served on the terrace and lush lawns every Saturday between 15h00 - 18h00.
Spice up a slow afternoon with aphrodisiacs from the West Coast seas, whilst sipping on South Africa’s first Cap Classique, Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel, Kaapse Vonkel Rosé or the prestige cuvée, Simonsig Cuvée Royale. With an array of fine cheese platters as an alternative and local musicians adding to the tranquil setting of this family owed Stellenbosch landmark, everyone will have something to look forward to.
The Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel & Oyster Saturdays take place from 15h00 to 18h00 on the terrace in front of Simonsig Estate’s tasting room. For dinner reservations and to ensure a delectable end to your day, contact Cuvée on Tel: (021) 888 4932 or send an email to email@example.com.
Simonsig Wine Estate is located outside Stellenbosch, on the Kromme Rhee road between the R44 and R304.
In celebration of 21 years of MIDM’s (Moving into Dance Mophatong) full-time vocational training, the renowned dance company has been staging some stunning performances throughout the year, funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Rand Merchant Bank, Business Arts South Africa, Rand Water Foundation, Dancing for the Children, National Arts Council bursaries, and the Arts and Culture Trust with Nedbank Arts Affinity.
The grand finale, celebrating MIDM’s remarkable year of dance and anniversary tribute, is currently culminating in three weeks of explosive dance pieces simply titled 21, at the Dance Factory in Newtown, Johannesburg, which kicked off on 17 November and will finish on 2 December.
This exciting final programme features some striking dance performances including Robin Orlin’s new, provocative, multi-media work Beauty Remained for just a moment then returned gently to her starting position…, from 21 to 25 November. Following Orlin’s piece, choreographer and MIDM founder and Artistic Director Sylvia Glasser’s stylishly evocative and highly acclaimed Tranceformations, will, after several years, be performed again, this time at the MIDM Gala on 29 November and then on 30 November and 1 December at 19h30.
The MIDM Gala evening will also feature Flesh, a spiritually arousing work choreographed by MIDM 1992 graduate Gregory Vuyani Maqoma, who recently won the 2012 Tunkie Award. In 2011, he was awarded the Dance Manyano Choreographer of the Decade.
Maqoma is not only one of MIDM’s most illustrious graduates with a national and international profile; he is also founder and artistic director of Vuyani Dance Theatre.
With Flesh he explores Japanese spirituality, philosophy, rituals and discipline, yet by drawing inspiration from Southern African spiritual healers and prophets he ultimately gives the piece an indigenous twist.
Flesh originally debuted in 2006 for the MIDM Company, while Maqoma was Associate Artistic Director of MIDM, and will be restaged for the 2012 season. The piece will not only be performed at the Gala evening on 29 November but will also be staged on 30 November and 1 December at 19h30.
Other works to be performed by MIDM graduates and featured on 30 November and 1 December at 19h30 are: Mummy mummy…choreographed by David Thatanelo April, a 1992 MIDM graduate, who was MIDM’s Executive and Artistic Director from 2003 to 2009. He is currently a project manager for Dance Forum and runs his own arts consultancy. At the inaugural Gauteng Dance Manyano Awards April was awarded Administrator of the Decade in 2011.
My journey “Uhambo Lwam” which is a new solo piece created by Mcebisi Bhayi, a 1999 MIDM graduate, telling the story of his life. After graduating from MIDM in 1999, he started his own group called the Senzeni Cultural Group back in his hometown in East London. He also works for the East London Guild Theatre and Dance Company, among others. Bhayi has international and national experience and has danced at prestigious events the likes of SA Dance Umbrella.
The Sunday 2 December Matinee performance at 14h00 by MIDM Graduates will include:
A new yet untitled work-in-progress by Sonia Radebe, senior MIDM dancer/choreographer and 2002 graduate. Radebe was awarded the Dance Manyano Female Dancer of the Decade in 2011 and recently toured internationally as part of the Afrovibes Festival.
Gates of Hell 2 is a duet by Fana Tshabalala, who after graduating in 2006 joined the MIDM Company as a performer and choreographer. He recently joined the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (FATC) and also won a prestigious Standard Bank Young Choreographer Award for 2012. He is the 5th MIDM choreographer to receive this award.
Dirty Hands by 2010 graduate Otto Nhlapo which won the pick of the Stepping Stones at Dance Umbrella 2012. Nhlapo has recently returned from a seven week tour in France with the Orlin/MIDM work Beauty Remained….
Strange Attraction is choreographed by Sifiso Kweyama who is a well known choreographer and teacher and will be performed by MIDM 2012 2nd year student trainees. Kweyama is currently MIDM Company’s Manager and Rehearsal Director.
More about MIDM
As a not-for-profit non-governmental organization, MIDM is proud of its fundamental role in the arts over the last 21 years and Glasser says, “MIDM does not just teach youth to dance, it equips individuals from under-resourced communities with the skills and confidence to become productive and self-sufficient people who are able to support their families and extended families. With the continued high rate of unemployment, we continue to be a safety net for many people who are the sole supporters of extended families as a result of the training they have received through us.” In this way, MIDM plays a role in breaking the cycle of poverty by providing career training and job opportunities to young people from impoverished communities.
The dance company is hoping to utilise the 21 celebration dance programme as not only a platform for the incredibly passionate and talented young MIDM performers but to also raise much-needed funding for bursaries for the students of 2013.
While tickets may be purchased at Computicket or the door for R120 (Beauty Remained…) or R80 (Tranceformations/Flesh and MIDM graduates programme); if you get your ticket directly from MIDM for just R250, you’ll not only be purchasing entry to one of MIDM’s stunning performances during the month November but you’ll be supporting a worthwhile cause. You could also just bring a donation to any of the performances. To book a ticket and help sponsor MIDM’s future students please contact Nadia or Busi at MIDM on 011 838 2816 and for more information about the company go to www.midance.co.za.
It's going to be a case of “lights, cameras and action” as Newtown once again comes to life with the annual Diwali celebration, taking place on Saturday, 3 November 2012 at 10h00am.
Last year's celebration saw more than 15 000 people flock to Mary Fitzgerald Square to take in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the biggest festival in the Hindu calendar. This year's FNB Gauteng Diwali Festival promises to surpass that, as the South African Hindu Maha Sabha (SAHMS), the official body representing Hinduism in the country, is celebrating its centenary in South Africa this year. Presented by the SAHMS, in association with First National Bank, this year’s theme is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – ‘The World is One Family’.
“Family is very important in the Hindu culture, and there will be something for everyone, no matter how young or old they are,” says Sinthal Ramiah, Chairperson of the South African Hindu Maha Sabha, Gauteng Branch.
This year's festival will see about 60 stalls, selling everything from Indian cuisine and clothing to gifts, toys, CDs, DVDs and jewellery. “Children will be kept busy creating a giant decorative design called a Rangoli and painting clay lamps, and both children and adults will be entertained by the clowns and jugglers moving through the square as well as traditional music and dance.”
“Diwali is a time to give. It is important to continue holding such celebrations, to constantly remind us of these important values at the true meaning to life. These Diwali celebrations are not only about maintaining our culture and traditions, they're about sharing them with the people of South Africa, no matter their religion or background. Diwali gives South Africans a chance to come together and celebrate life and light, with good food and entertainment, and shopping,” adds Ramiah
“FNB is committed to supporting various communities in South Africa which is why we are proud sponsors of the FNB Gauteng Diwali Festival. We sincerely hope that the festival of lights brings all our Hindu customers contentment and prosperity.” concludes Howard Arrand; FNB Provincial Head - Gauteng Province.
If the fight against hunger is what peace means to you, plant a herb garden with your community members.
If cultural intolerance upsets you, make a point of meeting a stranger outside of your comfort zone.
If domestic violence is something you feel passionate about, volunteer at an organization that addresses the issue.
If pollution is an issue in your surroundings, organize a “pick-up-litter-day” in your neighbourhood.
PEACE STARTS LAUNCHES “PLEDGE FOR PEACE” CAMPAIGN
Peace Starts, an independent organization that promotes the International Day of Peace in South Africa, launches a brand new year-long campaign; “Pledge for Peace” on Friday 21st September 2012, to encourage each South African to make their own pledge to peace, thus bringing about a tangible difference nationwide.
Officially observed worldwide on 21 September, The International Day of Peace is aimed at commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace.
In 1998, Jeremy Gilley, a UK-based filmmaker, began to make a documentary about world peace that ultimately led to the formalising of a UN resolution declaring an official day of the observance of peace. This goal was reached in 2001 when UN GA resolution (A/Res/55/282), put forward by the UK and Costa Rican Governments, was unanimously adopted to establish the first ever day of global ceasefire and non-violence fixed in the calendar as 21 September annually.
In 2008, entertainer Cito took up the call in South Africa and established Peace Starts, which is affiliated to Peace One Day. The first 4 years involved staging music concerts in Johannesburg featuring some of South Africa’s top bands, artists and DJ’s, creating awareness of this day.
2012 marks the 5th Anniversary of Peace Starts, and a brand new nationwide campaign for 2012/2013 launches on 21st September, entitled “Pledge for Peace”.
Says Cito; “At all of our Peace Starts events, I’d meet new people asking how they could get involved, why we don’t go around the country, what can THEY do to make a bigger impact. Thus this idea for a nationwide pro-active pledge campaign was born.”
He continued; “Pledge for Peace will empower every South African to do something, wherever they may be in the country, no matter how big or small, if they do something pro-active and positive, they can make a difference”.
PLEDGE FOR PEACE
Pledge for Peace is a year-long drive where each and every South African can now participate, nationwide.
Peace Starts asks the question “What does PEACE mean to YOU?”
As peace means different things to everyone, these answers could be as diverse as the fight against poverty, crime, domestic violence, racism, destruction of our environment and wildlife, amongst others.
Peace Starts encourages the public to go out into their own community and initiate a corresponding action to the cause that resonates with them. Some examples could be; planting a herb garden in a poverty-stricken community, building an animal shelter, environmental clean-ups, visiting the aged…
The list is endless and your action is up to you.
Peace Starts offers the platform where people can post their documented actions in either video, photo, blog or Facebook comment format.
Another platform initiated is a Soundcloud page, where musicians, professional or aspiring, can contribute an original song that has a positive message of peace and upload it there.
To keep the awareness of the International Day of Peace alive for longer than just one day, Peace Starts welcomes multiple pledges from around the country between now and 20 September 2013.
How do you pledge for peace?
Answer the question; “What does peace mean to me?”
Then choose and action that could initiate the answer. This could be in the form of an individual action, or joining together with friends, family members and colleagues, or with a registered NGO or organization. The choice is yours.
Then get up and follow through on your action.
Document your action by either filming, photographing, commenting, blogging, writing a song or poem about it, and post it on Peace Starts various social media and website platforms.
Register on the Peace Starts website and post your pledge. Details on how to do this is on www.peacestarts.co.za
This campaign will be spearheaded by a number of high profile celebrities who have taken up the cause and been appointed Peace Starts Ambassadors.
This list includes; Chantal Rutter, Kerishnie Naiker, Lee-Roy Wright, Slikour, Kwesta, Shugasmakx, Kona Brown, Ashley Hayden, Rozanne McKenzie, Karl Thaning, Odelle De Wet, KB Motsilanyane, Khabonina Qubeka, Nadia Beukes, John Adams, Josie Field, Tema Sebopedi, Judy Ditchfield, Eloise Cupido and The Graeme Watkins Project, with more signing up each day to be involved (additional names to be released to the media throughout the year)
For the first time, a Youth Ambassador has also been appointed by Peace Starts in the form of Jamie Odgers, the current triple gold medalist from the SA Junior Rowing U19 Championships 2012, who will be taking the initiative to the youth of South Africa and getting their involvement.
It is important to stress, however, that whilst these celebrities will drive the campaign and get the awareness out into the community, this campaign can only be successful if the everyday man of the street steps up and gets involved in his own right.
EVERY action, no matter how small, when added together with others, will make a big difference.
Says Jeremy Gilley from Peace One Day (UK);
“We are inspired by and fully support Peace Starts’ plans to mark the day with the launch of a new campaign called “Plege for Peace” in South Africa. Their commitment to the Global Truce will help us raise further awareness of this initiative in South Africa and inspire more individuals to get involved in Peace Day initiatives. We look forward to hearing how the launch and campaign goes, and wish you every success for Peace Day 2012.”
Cito ends off; “I believe all South Africans are essentially good at heart, want peace in their lives and have the potential to achieve it. We just need to make the first step and start from within. Peace starts in YOUR heart.”
Further details as well as terms and conditions on the Pledge for Peace campaign, can be found on Peace Starts’ website www.peacestarts.co.za . There will be continued updates and postings from both celebrities and public alike on Peace Starts website, facebook and twitter platforms.
Facebook : Peace Starts
Twitter : @peacestarts as well as #peacestarts
Peace Starts acknowledges and thanks their sponsors; FiX Post Production, Halcyon’s Haven and Metropolitan Republic.
SA music, the best of the SA Tatoo, great Theatre and Entertainment reigns at Jozi’s biggest festival !!!
31 August to 14 October 2012
THE MTN FESTIVAL:
1. DATES: 31 August to 14 October 2012
2. VENUE: Montecasino
3. PRICES: Per individual event. No cost for Festival access.
4. BOOKINGS FOR INDIVIDUAL EVENTS:
· www.computicket.com or 0861 813 9000
5. WEBSITE: www.montecasino.co.za
Leading telecommunications provider, MTN in partnership with Montecasino – South Africa’s number one entertainment destination – is hosting the bigger and better MTN FESTIVAL from 31 August to 14 October. From food to movies to theatre, art, wine, street theatre, comedy and fun-filled children’s activities PLUS several major lifestyle events, the 45-day schedule encompasses all sorts of larger-than-life fun for everyone!
As can be expected from Jozi’s biggest festival, the MTN Festival at Montecasino will also feature weekend after weekend of the very best in South African music, with live concerts by Jonathan Butler, Johnny Clegg and MTN Joyous Celebration, plus performances by The Graeme Watkins Project, The Muses and Daniel Baron.
“Montecasino has always been attentive to the fact that South Africans love music – and live music permeates the precinct consistently. The live performances that form a key part of the excellent lineup of activities during the MTN Festival are among the best in the country – Johnny Clegg, Jonathan Butler, and MTN Joyous Celebration – and will draw the crowds to Montecasino in their thousands. The MTN Festival is a particularly strong annual drawcard to Montecasino, and these world-class performers will add even greater appeal,” says Steve Howell, General Manager of Montecasino.
“As title sponsors of MTN Festival, MTN is committed to connecting people to their passion which will be brought to life at the MTN Festival through the celebration of music and lifestyle festivities,” says Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer at MTN SA. “The South African music industry has and always will be a success solely because of the unwavering support of the public therefore it was only befitting that MTN recognises the passionate music fan by providing an array of renowned South African music artists to cater for their individual preferences.”
The weekend, 7 and 8 September, MTN Festival visitors are invited to join Jonathan Butler for his brand new show, Evolution, as he reunites with legendary performers Ronnie Joyce and Lionel Peterson after almost 35 years. You will be transported back in time and treated to many of Jonathan’s hit songs such as Bouncy Bouncy Bounce, Come Back Liza, Ronnie Joyce’s Give a Little Love, Everybody Knows and the classic duet It Takes Two, plus new tracks from his latest gospel CD, Grace and Mercy. Live on the Teatro at Montecasino stage, JONATHAN BUTLER - EVOLUTION is a not-to-be-missed celebration of the time when music was all that mattered and the sounds of Jonathan Butler, Lionel Peterson and Little Ronnie Joyce filled the airwaves. Tickets from R195 through Computicket.
JOHNNY CLEGG makes his Montecasino debut at the Teatro at Montecasino for the MTN Festival on 15 and 16 September 2012. Johnny, one of South African’s most prolific musicians and performers, with a career spanning over 30+ years and five million albums sold, will be at the MTN Festival for two days only to perform his brand new show which will include Dance, the Soweto Gospel Choir and stunning visuals complimenting Johnny’s hits throughout the years. Dancer, anthropologist, singer, songwriter, academic, activist and French knight - whilst all of these tags are fitting, none of them can accurately describe the energetic, passionate human being who has become one of South Africa's greatest musical exports, and now you can catch this icon of South African music live on the Teatro at Montecasino stage. Tickets from R225 through Computicket.
For one day only, on Heritage Day, Monday 24 September, Montecasino and the MTN Festival is proud to bring you two of SA’s finest musical marvels back-to-back on the MTN Stage (opposite Skoobs Theatre of Books) – THE GRAEME WATKINS PROJECT and DANIEL BARON. With a 13:00 start time the free intimate performances are just another exciting element of the MTN Festival that is sure to draw crowds of music lovers or all ages.
For more of DANIEL BARON, be at La Toscana at Montecasino on 22 September as this remarkable SA singer-songwriter launches his debut album, “It’s Time” to MTN Festival visitors. Tickets cost R80 through Computicket.
If classical music is what you’re after then there is not a more perfect setting that epitomises class and sophistication than the MTN CLASSIC FM SOIREE. Taking place in the Ballroom at Montecasino on the 16 and 29 September it promises audiences a classical extension of the well-loved monthly events that take place in Joburg. Immerse in the sounds that have inspired more musicians than any other type of music, while the vibrant melodies of South Africa’s contemporary gospel group, MTN JOYOUS CELEBRATION, who has entertained and enthralled fans nationally for many years, will share their ‘joyous’ sounds at the Teatro at Montecasino with two performances on 29 and 30 September.
Each and every corner of Montecasino will come alive with the well-loved sounds of some our country’s most-loved artists. You’re not going to want to miss this!
For full details on these performances and all other spectacular events happening as part of the MTN Festival at Montecasino, visit www.montecasino.co.za. You can also join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/montecasino or follow us on Twitter @MontecasinoZA.
· Sauvignon Blanc Festival – 31 August, 01 and 02 September, The Pivot Piazza, Montecasino
Defending the Caveman – 01 to 09 September, Pieter Toerien Theatre
· Montecasino Mega Meals – 03 September to 14 October, at select participating tenants (Mondays to Thursdays only)
· The SA Tattoo – 06 to 09 September, Outdoor Event Area
· Jonathan Butler Evolution – 07 and 08 September, Teatro at Montecasino
· Montecasino Mega Movies – 31 August to 14 October, Montecasino Nu Metro (Tuesdays only)
· HeART in the Piazza – 13 to 16 September, Montecasino Piazza
· Johnny Clegg Live – 15 and 16 September, Teatro at Montecasino
· MTN Classic FM Soirees – 16 and 29 September, Montecasino Ballroom
· Kat & The Kings – from 21 September, Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino
· The Magical Kidsland at Montecasino – 22 and 23 September, Montecasino Piazza and Grassy Area
· Taste of Jo’burg – 27 to 30 September, Montecasino Outdoor Event Area
· MTN Joyous Celebration – 29 and 30 September, Teatro at Montecasino
· ABSA Boktown (SA versus Australia) – 29 September, Montecasino Piazza
· Classic Movie Night – 05 October, free screening of E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial and Dirty Dancing, Montecasino Piazza
· ABSA Boktown (SA versus New Zealand) – 06 October, Montecasino Piazza
· Bafunny Bafunny – 08 to 14 October, Teatro at Montecasino
· Bierfest – 11 to 14 October, Outdoor Event Area
· PLUS the very best and biggest in gaming activity and promotions, children’s entertainment, movie screenings, food and beverage tastings and promotions, street theatre…. and more!
ABOUT THE MTN FESTIVAL
MTN, one of South Africa’s leading telecommunications providers, together with Montecasino, South Africa’s number one entertainment destination, joins forces to bring you Jozi’s biggest festival – the MTN Festival at Montecasino from 31 August to 14 October 2012. Previously the Ayoba Festival, this six week larger-than-life entertainment festival, now in its second year, brings together a plethora of entertainment for all ages, encapsulating Montecasino’s entertainment and lifestyle prowess and MTN’s originality and creativity.
The 2012 MTN Festival promises 45 days of endless thrilling entertainment options across every cobbled street of the magical Montecasino precinct. The list is almost endless, with a unique mix of theatre, comedy, lifestyle, music, sport, film, food and incredible gaming opportunities presenting a kaleidoscope of events, shows and performances, for the whole family to enjoy, and all in a safe, secure environment. Encompassing all things big, bold, bright and breath-taking, the fusion of unsurpassed entertainment and events tie in perfectly with Montecasino’s reputation of bringing the very best and biggest lifestyle events to Joburg. Montecasino is where legendary friendships and magical memories are made!
The concept behind the MTN Festival is to establish and grow an annual Johannesburg event that will become entrenched as a major annual attraction. MTN and Montecasino are committed to establishing the MTN Festival as a recognized and sought-after experience on the Jozi social calendar that appeals to local residents, the broader Gauteng public, as well as tourists and out-of-town visitors.
For further information visit www.montecasino.co.za, join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Montecasino or follow us on Twitter @MontecasinoZA. Another Tsogo Sun Gaming Experience. Montecasino - We’ve Got It! Tsogo Sun supports the National Responsible Gambling Programme. Winners know when to stop. Only persons over 18 are permitted to gamble. National Problem Gambling Counselling toll-free helpline: 0800 006 008.
ABOUT THE MTN GROUP
Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: “MTN.” As of 30 April 2012, MTN recorded 170.5 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia. Visit us at www.mtn.com and www.mtnfootball.com Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.
The flagship property of gaming, hotel and leisure giant Tsogo Sun, Montecasino – South Africa’s number one entertainment destination – is ideally located in the heart of Fourways in Johannesburg. An award-winning ‘world at play’ where local and international pleasure-seekers and business travellers will find every possible entertainment and hospitality option, Montecasino boasts a broad range of unique and versatile, five-star corporate hospitality, conferencing and events venues and facilities, various entertainment options for all ages, a glittering casino, numerous retail shopping experiences, three distinctly different luxury Tsogo Sun hotels – including the palatial Palazzo, the fun and trendy SunSquare at Montecasino and the contemporary Venetian-style Southern Sun Montecasino – three theatres, including the award-winning Teatro at Montecasino, an outdoor Piazza and entertainment area, a wider variety of stylish restaurants, bars and supper clubs, numerous children’s entertainment options and luxury office park, all perfectly packaged to offer the very best in sophisticated entertainment options that deliver a unique and memorable experience.
Visitors to Montecasino are immediately captivated by the Tuscan theming and lively buzz that is so much a part of the experience across all four corners of this all-encompassing leisure precinct – an atmosphere that keeps them returning again and again. Add to this the ample parking and convenient location just off the main commuter routes – a few hundred metres from the off-ramps of major highways from Pretoria, the East Rand, the West Rand, O.R. Tambo International Airport and Lanseria International Airport – it is clear to see why Montecasino attracts in excess of 9.3 million visitors annually.
There are few properties that are as successful in providing hospitality and entertainment to the corporate and leisure market as the multi-award-winning Montecasino precinct. For more information go to www.montecasino.co.za, join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/montecasino or follow us on Twitter at @MontecasinoZA. Another Tsogo Sun Gaming Experience. Montecasino - We’ve got it! Tsogo Sun Gaming supports the National Responsible Gambling Programme. Winners know when to stop. Only persons over the age of 18 are permitted to gamble. National Problem Gambling counselling toll-free helpline: 0800 006 008.
Tenth Green Goddess announced
The 2012 National winners of this year’s Miss Earth South Africa in association with Consol, were crowned last night at a glittering gala dinner at Montecasino in Johannesburg.
Celebrating ten years of Environmental Advocacy, Johannesburg environmentalist Tamerin Jardine took the coveted title. Jardine whom recently turned 25 has been a part of extensive environmental, sustainability and conservation projects over the past eight months.
The organization plated its 20 000th tree earlier this week in Diepsloot and boast many amazing achievements. Jardine was one of the finalists who also travelled to Zambia as part of this leadership programme to plant trees as part of a reforestation initiative, was part of food security projects and energy efficiency campaigns. The newly crowned winner believes that she has stood up against what is right and morally ethical when it comes to not only conservation and environmental protection but the state of our schools, educational system and the recycling infrastructures in communities.
The gala dinner hosted by home of Miss Earth – Tsogo Sun, was as green as can be, all food left over’s, cut offs were taken by Earth Probiotic to make compost with, which once again goes into the school greening projects during Arbour month. Additionally all ingredients from the dinner were locally sourced with each element of the night being thought through carefully.
Tamerin is flanked by her team of green ambassadors who placed in the top four, they are, Marina Nicolaidis of Bedfordview, Chanel Davids from South of Johannesburg and Aurelia Nxumalo of KwaZulu Natal. The 2012 Green Project of the year went to Western Cape greeny Lara Potgieter, Pretoria beauty Charlotte Clark and the Free State’s Bloem representative, Annchen Richter.
Ten years of environmental advocacy has seen the Miss Earth South Africa in association with Consol as an initiative and leadership programme for South African women between the ages of 18 and 26 years. It’s a platform that is used to empower these young women with the necessary knowledge and opportunities to become environmental eco-warriors, encouraging them to go out and make a sustainable environmental impact on their communities and the public at large.
Finalists and winners receive hands-on experience through being involved in several green campaigns and projects. The initiative currently works with over 120 schools nationwide. Much of the work is focused on greening of townships, food gardens, sustainable development and educational programmes around the country.
Montecasino in partnership with MTN are hosting the bigger and better MTN Festival from 31 August until 14 October 2012 and there’s something for every member of the family! From live performances by highly talented artists to food events, NuMetro movie discounts, thrilling theatre shows, glittering gaming promotions, unbeatable restaurant specials and more, the festival’s 45-day entertainment schedule also includes the MAGICAL KIDSLAND– and it’s a fun-filled family outing experience not to be missed!
On 22 and 23 September, under a larger-than-life multi-coloured maypole, the likes of which has never been seen in Jozi before, the Montecasino Outdoor Piazza will be transformed into a wonderland of fun and learning, combining much-loved favourites like Beautiful Creatures, Noogie Bear and puppet shows with exciting new fun-filled family-friendly attractions to provide two full days of non-stop Magical Kidsland entertainment for all children aged two to 12.
Children will make amazing new discoveries to spark their curiosity while dancing and singing along with `Imvubu the Happiest Hippo` and his game ranger friends four times daily in the Beautiful Creatures Sing-A-Long Show, baking yummy treats with Noogie Bear in daily Noogilicious interactive baking sessions, or visiting far-away lands with the Goldilocks’ Adventure, Mermaids Wishing Shell and Adventures of Molly & Jolly Roger puppet shows – all on the Montecasino Piazza Stage, and all perfect for keeping inquisitive little hands and minds occupied for hours!
With a Bootcamp area for kids, carnival carousel rides, pony cycles, jumping castles, garden games such as Jenga and Pick-up Sticks, and a number of stimulating ball games, there’s no limit to the amount of fun to be had! For the more creative kiddies there will be colouring-in competitions and play dough to keep their little fingers busy, while Ring Toss, Fishing, High Striker and a surfboard simulator are just some of the interactive activities waiting to be enjoyed by the bigger kids.
Numerous other highlights – including surprise appearances by colourful characters, the opportunity to learn about all their furry and feathery friends housed at the Montecasino Bird Gardens, face-painters, buskers, magicians and more –all add to the fun, fantasy and excitement kiddies can expect to find at the Magical Kidsland at Montecasino. Plus, with the chance to win lots of exciting prizes and loads of giveaways, candyfloss, ice- creams and toffee apples, kiddies will be immersed in fun for hours, while you get to sit back, relax and enjoy the spring sunshine.
The Magical Kidsland at Montecasino opens from 10:00 to 16:00 on 22 and 23 September. Parents pay just R30 at the gate for each child between two and 12 years of age. Older children and parents enter for free. Food to satisfy hungry tummies will be on sale and for those who work up a thirst, refreshing juices, cold drinks and water will be in plentiful supply. Sun block, peak caps and shaded seating areas will be provided, but numbers are limited so be sure to get there early.
For more info on the Magical Kidsland at Montecasino and all other spectacular events, promotions and special offers happening as part of the MTN Festival at Montecasino, visit www.montecasino.co.za. You can also join us on Facebook at
Spring Rush at Emperors Palace is blooming with stunning family events and fun activity during September, and to celebrate the warmer days and turn of the season, the Palace of Dreams is inviting all gardeners, décor and design fans, and flower arranging enthusiasts to take part in an exciting competition on 11 September.
Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘let’s celebrate new beginnings!’ and what better way than to allow the creative juices to flow by arranging your favourite bouquet of flowers in the first week of spring. Specially catered for passionate gardeners who are not in the florist industry, the competition will provide a fun-filled afternoon for wannabes to put their fabulous and amazing skills to the test.
Popular celebrities and industry decision makers will attend the event to judge and critique the various entries. The winner will walk away with a magnificent holiday package to the value of R16 000 courtesy of Peermont Mondazur and Spa on Kwa-Zulu Natal’s South Coast. All the beautiful flower arrangements will then be donated by Emperors Palace to a local hospital for visitors and patients to enjoy.
For entries and further information, contact Nileen Gale on 011 928 1073 during office hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries will close on 7 September and entrants must bring their own flowers, greenery, ribbons, container, oasis and the necessary tools required. The competition will start at 11h00 in the Entertainment Emporium and entrants will have two hours to complete their master piece. Entry is free and participants can enjoy hot refreshments and an assortment of pastries at the prize giving after the competition.
Joburg’s premiere rooftop lounge, Randlords will this year partner with The Ntshulisa Foundation (TNF) and Footsoldiers to host the annual FAB (Fighting AIDS Beautifully) gala dinner, held to raise funds for the TNF projects and raise awareness on the plight of HIV and AIDS orphans in South Africa.
The Fighting AIDS Beautifully awareness fundraiser, to be held on the 1st December to commemorate World Aids Day, is a prestigious and elite seated three course meal affair with elements of entertainment and a fund-raising auction of fashionable, sporting and artistic objects.
“With estimates of close to two million children orphaned by HIV and AIDS in this country, it is important that we all pull together to raise awareness about their plight and raise funds to help,” says Randlords general manager, Nizbert Fuzane.
The core objective of this initiative includes raising funds to implement an annual platform to speak out about HIV/AIDS among the youth of South Africa, and ultimately the African continent.
“TNF would like to thank both Randlords and Footsoldiers for supporting us in this important initiative. As we approach World AIDS Day, we hope that everyone will come out to show their support by attending the FABulous event! Our goal is to raise funds to allow us to continue our work with HIV infected and affected orphans and vulnerable children around the country,” says Karissa Samuel, TNF founder.
Randlords is an exclusive five star rooftop lounge venue located on the 22nd floor of South Point Towers in Braamfontein. Randlords is famed for its 360 degree breathtaking views of the Johannesburg skyline as well as its avante garde interior design. The stylish venue hosts exclusive plated dinners for up to 120 people and cocktail parties and celebrations for up to 450 people. This unique space suits a wide range of corporate and private events. Randlords and uber chic Hotel Lamunu, both situated on de Korte street in Braamfontein are owned and managed by South Point Hospitality.
The Ntshulisa Foundation (TNF) is a non-profit agency that has been represented in South Africa since 2002 and incorporated as a non-profit entity in 2009. TNF is aimed at increasing the world of good deeds and good doers. It connects real projects helping deserving children with volunteers and social enablers. It is where needs and generosity meet. We work with various Children’s Homes, Shelters and Orphanages to coordinate and channel support services from corporates, volunteers and donations. www.tnf.org.za
About Foot Soldiers
Foot Soldiers, established in 2001, specialises in the training, management and recruitment of intelligent and effective temporary staff. Our staff are trained in all aspects of the events industry, from electronic registration to ushering and delegate logistics. Senior staff and freelancers concentrate on assisting clients at a project management level. Word of mouth referrals within the industry reflect the high levels of client satisfaction and the lengths to which our team will go to ensure that we Help You Make It Happen! The three further divisions of Foot Soldiers offer tactical brand teams, golf related tours and events, and dedicated student marketed events. Contact us on (011) 465 9712 today for more info!
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Camdeboo Spa honoured by Les Nouvelles Esthétiques Awards
Camdeboo Spa, located at the African Pride Irene Country Lodge, Centurion has received distinctive recognition at the 2012 Les Nouvelles Esthétiques South African Spa Awards – the most respected industry awards in the country.
Only two spas on the African continent were honoured with distinctive recognition: Camdeboo at Irene, Centurion, and the Sanctuary Spa Indigo Bay, Bazaruto Island, Mediterranean coast.
Now into its eighth year, the awards recognise the highest standards within the spa, health and wellness industry and are designed to stimulate service excellence among local spas.
“As a first time entrant, it is a remarkable achievement to have been identified as a Spa of
Distinction – on a par with international spa trends. “We are deeply humbled to have been recognised by our peers,” says Carmenita Pedro, Camdeboo Spa Manager.
“At Camdeboo, the customer experience is paramount. Our staff are enrolled in on-going training and recognition programmes. This keeps them abreast with current industry trends, and internal programmes keep staff informed on the individual requirements of our guests,” says Pedro.
The staff and management take guest feedback very seriously, and adjust and upgrade spa offerings in response to guests’ needs and requests. “It is our mandate to not meet, but exceed the expectations of our valued guests,” she says.
Situated in the picturesque valley of Irene, twenty minutes north of Sandton, Camdeboo Spa offers a naturally beautiful, secluded, and harmonious environment in which to escape from the frenetic pace of modern life.
Pedro is committed to maintaining the standard that has come to be expected from the spa, and aims to continue collecting accolades with the support of her highly qualified team.
About Camdeboo Spa
Camdeboo Spa & Restaurant, surrounded by lavish gardens and a stinkwood forest which lends the spa its name, is housed in a century-old building. The spa is part of the African Pride Irene Country Lodge, which has been developed on hectares of open farm land and boasts historical charm dating back to the 1800s. A haven of luxury and relaxation, this pristine and intimate spa offers skin and body treatments designed to soothe the mind, rejuvenate the body, and transform your mental and physical stress into total relaxation.
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About Les Nouvelles Esthétiques Awards
The Les Nouvelles Esthétiques South African Spa Awards are the country’s premier spa awards. Now into its 8th year the awards have grown from strength to strength, honouring South Africa’s spas of superlative quality.
Gin and Chocolate Announces Brand New Showroom
Gin and Chocolate, the specialist interior art and interior design studio opened its brand new showroom in Pretoria on the 1st of August, 2012. The new facility showcases the company’s range of interior art and design solutions for residential, retail and corporate spaces.
The company announced today that its brand new showroom is officially open to the public. Individuals in need of tailor-made interior design solutions now have the opportunity to view Gin and Chocolate’s range of products within the new showroom in Maroelana, Pretoria.
Gin and Chocolate specialises in vinyl decals, 3D wall art and bespoke wallpaper designs. The brilliant creative team enjoy exploring the many different mediums they use and aim to come up with new and exciting products on an ongoing basis.
“We pride ourselves on our individual approach to each client – we understand that each person is unique and we treat each person we work with as such,” said Bonita Fouché, founder and owner of Gin and Chocolate. “Now that the showroom is officially open, the public have the opportunity to come and view our products and speak to us directly about some incredible interior design ideas,” she added. The company’s exclusive proudly South African range is also showcased and on sale.
The name “Gin and Chocolate” was derived from a college project where a magazine was to be designed from scratch and the name had to consist of two contradictory words. Fouché decided on the name Gin and Chocolate and it stayed in the back of her head...She decided to use the name for her company, when she opened Gin and Chocolate in 2008.
The name fits perfectly with the services the company delivers. The team strives to capture each client’s individual style and round it off with our unique flair. Whether it’s for retail, residential or corporate spaces, Gin and Chocolate handles everything, from initial consultation through to quotation through to installation and aftercare.
To make an appointment to visit Gin and Chocolate’s new showroom in Maroelana, Pretoria – please contact Bonita or Dylan on:
Tel: 012 346 6300
Cell: 079 522 4195
The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund allocated funding to Dance Forum, the production company of the Dance Umbrella Festival, to host a series of Choreographers’ Residency programmes during 2012.
It has always been a prime objective of Dance Forum to nurture dance practitioners and the Choreographers Residency Programme fulfills this objective excellently.
It offers free rehearsal space for a choreographer to work in for a period of up to one month at the Dance Space. In this time the choreographer is able to create a work, plus teach a series of Master Classes and host a Face to Face discussion regarding what he/she is working on.
The third choreographer to take up this offer this year is Fana Tshabalala who has been creating work since 2006 and showcased his first piece at the 2007 Dance Umbrella Stepping Stones programme; he will work at the Dance Space until July 20, 2012.
He will be working on his new piece which will premiere at Dance Umbrella 2013 and he has three days scheduled for Open classes on July 23, 25 and 27 from 10:00 to12:00 at the Dance Space. Attendance at these classes is open to anyone.
A showcase of his new work in progress will be held on July 27 at 16:00. This will be followed by a Face to Face interview with Tshabalala.
Other artists in residency at the Dance Space this year are Desire Davids and Via Katlehong Dance Group.
ALS Paramedic - Wayne Broodryk's Story "Brave"
The Centrum Guardian Project launched today July 1, 2012 – Emer-G-Med’s Wayne Broodryk, Northern Operations Manager and Advanced Life Support Paramedic is one of 16 semi-finalists, his story is entitled "BRAVE".
Thousands of South Africans depend on the dedicated people who work in the Emergency Services industry on a daily basis. These courageous men and women give 100% to perform a duty that at times could ultimately save the lives of strangers who need their skills and expertise.
They will all be profiled on SABC3 in a 13-week documentary drama series called Centrum® Guardians 2012, hosted by Ruda Landman, renowned television personality and journalist. Landman said, “Shooting this series with the people in the Emergency Services has inspired and humbled me. They are remarkable: passionate, dedicated, and trained exceptionally well. This series will make South Africans proud.”
The episodes are dramatic re-creations of the incidents that the semi-finalists were nominated for (by their peers). Viewers will get to ‘meet’ the semi-finalists, watch their stories and then vote for the Guardian or team who inspires them to live life at 100%.
Centrum® Guardians 2012 starts on SABC3 on Thursday, July 19 at 10.10pm with repeats on Fridays at 10am.
Wayne’s heroic story entitled "BRAVE"
At approximately 1.20am on September 3, 2011, Wayne Broodryk received a call for a motor vehicle accident with the car on fire on the N3 South in Randburg. Broodryk was close to the scene and responded immediately, arriving within a matter of minutes – approximately 1.23am.
There was an ambulance crew on scene, a Basic Life Support (BLS) medic and an Advanced Life Support (ALS) medic, but due to the severity of the fire they were unable to approach the vehicle, and had instead cleared an area around the vehicle and prevented bystanders from approaching the scene.
Broodryk pulled up a safe distance away from the burning vehicle, which had broadsided a concrete lamp-post. Broodryk, who has some basic fire fighter training, fortunately always carries a fire jacket in his response car. He reached for his bunker jacket and ran toward the vehicle, unsure if there was a still a patient inside. Only as he approached did he see that the driver of the vehicle was still inside, and appeared to be unconscious.
The entire bonnet, dash and front roof area was engulfed in flames. The heat was intense. Weighing his options, and with some form of protection, Broodryk knew that he was the accident victim’s only chance at survival. He had to get to the victim from the passenger side of the vehicle as the driver’s side was lodged against the concrete pole. He jumped in the front passenger side of the vehicle to get the man out.
Only once inside the vehicle did Broodryk realise the severity of the situation. The man’s legs were trapped under the dashboard of the vehicle, and were in fact burning in front of his eyes. With the flames a few inches from his body, he leant across and began to free the man’s legs from under the dash. In this situation, there was no time for anything but sheer strength. He grabbed the legs and ankles and pulled as hard as he could. The one leg came free, but the other remained trapped.
By this stage the flames were growing bigger by the minute – he could feel the heat scorching the left side of his face. He attempted to create leverage and a bit of space to free the trapped limb by pushing the seat back – he then grabbed the ankle and tried a different angle, and the patient’s leg came free at last.
During this time, a second ambulance crew, Basic Life Support Medic, Jacques Le Roux and Intermediate Life Support Medic, Roxanne Morrison, arrived on the scene.
As he managed to free the man’s leg, le Roux came running toward the vehicle. Broodryk instructed le Roux to assist from the rear. The flames were still limited to the front of the vehicle and the back was relatively safe. Le Roux proceeded to climb onto the boot of the vehicle. Broodryk lifted the man from the inside while le Roux pulled from the outside, finally getting the unconscious man to safety.
Broodryk said he was only in the vehicle for about 30 seconds to a minute. He knew the secondary risks could be that the fire would spread faster than the rate at which it was burning when he arrived and that there was a possibility that the tyres could explode.
As they carried the man away from the flames, their colleagues came to assist and initiated life-saving treatment.
The medical crew on scene who treated the patient stated that the man would not have survived if Broodryk did not pull him out. The patient suffered full thickness 3rd degree burns, both legs were fractured and he had severe inhalation burns with swollen vocal cords.
Fire fighter crews arrived shortly thereafter and moved to subdue to fire. To the medical crew’s knowledge, the man was still alive and recovering on day three.
To Vote for Wayne in the Centrum Guardian Project - sms "brave" to 33123 or go to the web: http://www.centrumguardian.com/story_brave.php
Follow Wayne on twitter: @WayneBroodrykTM
The Victory Theatre, one of Johannesburg’s oldest heritage theatres, faces the threat of possible closure.
This non-profit Section 21 theatre is in financial difficulty. With the high mortgage bonds used for the refurbishing of the theatre, the high costs of electricity, water and rates, the theatre is turning to the public and companies for support.
Since re-launching in 2007, the Victory Theatre has spent over R24-million revamping and restoring the theatre. It would be a shame to lose this important landmark in Johannesburg.
The theatre is appealing to the public and companies to help keep its doors open:
- Patrons can make a donation in the form of purchasing your own seat at the Victory [value negotiable];
- Patrons can make a donation by purchasing a personalized plaque to be featured in the building [value negotiable];
- The Victory Theatre is offering corporates the opportunity to naming rights of the theatre – The [SPONSOR NAME] Victory Theatre. This figure is negotiable and will depend on duration and size of exposure for the sponsor.
Donations can be made into the SAVE THE VICTORY RECREATION CENTRE TRUST account:
Account Name: The Victory Recreation Centre
Account Number: 62140995468
Branch Name: FNB Malvern
Branch Code: 250655
These funds and donations received will go towards the mortgage payments only. The money in this account will be used solely for this purpose and the books are open for verification and auditing with the bank.
- Patrons can also support the theatre by purchasing tickets to watch the proudly South African and world-acclaimed theatre production, UMOJA: The Spirit of Togetherness. Shows now run 5 days a week from Tuesday to Saturday and tickets are available through Computicket (www.computicket.com) or the box office (011 728 9603).
These funds will go towards paying the performers and staff and general running costs.
The theatre is a non-profit Section 21 company that employs 102 staff and performers. The closure of the theatre would mean the loss of these jobs for these people.
The Victory Theatre is an intimate 450-seater theatre; has a music bar; a 300-seater restaurant and four levels of secure access-controlled parking.
The Victory Theatre is calling on any schools, universities and other arts and drama clubs to host their productions and functions at the theatre. The venue is also available for product launches, end of year functions, private functions and conferencing. Enquiries can be made directly with the Victory on 011 728 9603 or email@example.com.
For more information on plaque and seat purchases or for general queries, please contact Monica Ferreira on 011 728 9603 / 082 452 2095 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any assistance in this regard will be greatly appreciated in the fight to save the Victory Theatre.