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MISS SOUTH AFRICA 2018 TOP 12 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!

Organisers reveal exciting new format

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Back row from left to right: Bryoni Govender, Margo Fargo, Thulisa Keyi, Tamaryn Green, Daniellé de Jager, Anzelle von Staden and Tharina Botes. Front row (left to right) Noxolo Ndebele, Tamarin Bensch, Thandokazi Mfundisi, Karishma Ramdev and Akile Khoza. Pic by Yolanda van der Stoep.

Pretoria, May 3: This year’s Top 12 Miss South Africa finalists have been announced as the pageant proudly celebrates its 60th anniversary, with a dramatic and exciting change to its format.

Traditionally, during the final on pageant night, the top 12 finalists are reduced to five, from which a second princess is announced, followed by a first princess and then the winner.

This year, following the cut to the top five finalists, the organisers will go straight to a top two announcement.  One of the pair will be named Miss World South Africa and one will receive the title of Miss Universe South Africa. Both will go on to represent South Africa on the global stage in each respective competition.

However, as there can be only one reigning Miss South Africa, the two winners will be asked one final question by the judges as the pageant draws to a close. Their answers will  then determine who is crowned as the official Miss South Africa 2018.

The Top 12 finalists, who each receive a prize package valued at R180 000, come from six of the country’s provinces – five from Gauteng; two from KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape respectively and one each from the Free State, Mpumalanga, and the Western Cape.  They’re an extremely impressive group, including several medical, science and law students and a number of BComm and BSc graduates.

They are (in alphabetical order of their first names):

·         Akile Khoza (23) from Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga who is studying for her Masters in neuroscience at Stellenbosch University.
·         Anzelle van Staden (25), from Centurion in Gauteng, has a BComm degree from the University of Pretoria and is currently a full-time model.
·         Bryoni Govender (21), from Kempton Park in Gauteng, is a third year LLB student at the University of Johannesburg.
·         Daniellë de Jager (20) from Benoni, Gauteng, is currently studying biokinetics at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth.
·         Karishma Ramdev (23), from Chatsworth in KZN, is a fifth-year medical student at the University of Pretoria.
·         Margo Fargo (25), originally from Heidedal in the Free State, has a BSc consumer sciences honours degree and is a co-founder of a NPO.
·         Noxolo Ndebele (24), from KwaNongoma in KZN, has a BComm Acc degree and worked as a financial controller.
·         Tamarin Bensch (25), originally from Bedfordview in Gauteng but now living in Somerset West, works in property management and interior renovations.
·         Tamaryn Green (23), from Paarl in the Western Cape, is in her final year of medicine at the University of Cape Town.
·         Thandokazi Mfundisi (23), from East London in the Eastern Cape, is a final year LLB student at Fort Hare.
·         Tharina Botes (21), from Roodepoort in Gauteng, is a first year BComm marketing and business degree student at Damelin and a part-time model.
·         Thulisa Keyi (26), originally from East London and who now lives in Gauteng, is currently doing her articles after graduating from the University of Cape Town.

The Miss South Africa Organisation (Cell C and Sun International) has the exclusive licences for the Miss South Africa title holder to compete annually in both the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants. Traditionally, the reigning Miss South Africa competed in both these international competitions. However, if Miss South Africa won on the international stage – as Rolene Strauss did with Miss World in 2014 or there was a conflict with dates that overlapped (which happened last year when Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters lifted the Miss Universe title) – the first runner-up was called upon to represent South Africa.

Says Suzette van der Merwe from Cell C on behalf of the Miss South Africa Organisation: “In 2018, we’re adopting international best practice in terms of our finalist judging in order to ensure that our contestants are given a bigger share of the global spotlight by strengthening our pageantry presence internationally. We are delighted that this new format will give two finalists the opportunity to represent South Africa and enable them to prepare thoroughly in advance.

Adds Gareth Flusk from Sun International on behalf of the Miss South Africa Organisation: “We are thrilled with the calibre of the finalists in our 60th anniversary year. Any of these contestants would do us proud on the international stage. We are delighted that this year two women will be given the opportunity to shine.

Miss South Africa 2018, the Diamond Jubilee spectacular with host Bonang Matheba, will take place on Sunday, May 27, at Sun International’s new flagship venue, the Sun Arena at Time Square, Pretoria.

Tickets for this year’s pageant are available at TicketPro and cost between R160 and R560. Bookings can be made at: www.ticketpros.co.za

Miss South Africa is proudly presented by Cell C in association with Sun International.

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“BORN TO PERFORM” GOLF DAY

Born to Perfom Golf Day

Golf Day Fundraiser in aid of the Born to Perform Platform

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 The Young South African Performers’ Association

Dainfern Golf Club

Thursday 17 May from 11h00

To continue providing mentorship, showcasing and training young artists for a career in the arts, Born To Perform in association with The Young South African Performers’ Association, will be holding a fun Golf Day as a fundraiser, taking place on Thursday 17 May at Dainfern Golf Club, with tee off times beginning from 11h00.

Says Matthew Marinus of Born To Perform; “We are excited that the BTP Platform is gaining momentum and that more and more extraordinarily talented youths are being given such incredible opportunities in the industry.  We are holding a Golf Day in order to fundraise money for this years Gala show (taking place at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City in September), in order to expand the platform to even greater heights.”

You can participate by booking a 4-ball and join them for a fun day out while supporting a great organization!

The cost of a 4-ball is R4200 and includes:

  • Green Fees
  • Halfway House
  • Dinner, entertainment and prize giving afterwards
  • Goody Bag

The fee EXCLUDES golf carts.

Non-golfers are welcome to attend afterwards, at a cost of R300 per person, which will include the dinner, entertainment and involvement in the auction.

Bookings can be done by contacting:

Charmaine : jemime.ellis@gmail.com / 082 308 8998 or

Laurelle : laurelle@streamlinethegap.co.za / 082 460 6178

Monies raised will ensure that the Born to Perform Gala Concert in September will be even bigger than the previous shows!

We are excited to announce that Born To Perform 2018 will take place at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City on Saturday 15 September at 19h30 and Sunday 16 September at 11h00 and 15h00. Details of this exciting show will be available within the next few weeks, so “watch this space!”

More information on Born To Perform

Born To Perform is a platform created by Gemma Donnelly Marinus and Matthew Marinus to create professional opportunities in the Performing Arts Industry for young budding talented children and teens.

Originally coming from the UK, Gemma has been a major player in the musical theatre industry in SA for over 8 years before opening up an elite performing arts school  (Stageworx School Of Performing Arts) in 2009.  Here is a video giving you more information:

https://youtu.be/-8bMUwgrokE and https://youtu.be/Y4D1eGshBzs

www.stageworx.co.za

 Passionate about growing a bright future for our budding artists Gemma and Matthew are heavily involved in training and showcasing the future stars of SA.

Matthew is best known as the talented drummer for The Graeme Watkins Project, but most recently is fast making a name for himself as “Dream Canvas Productions” – video production company he has recently formed – where he produces music videos and EPK’s for SA artists.

The combination of Matthew and Gemma led to the Born To Perform Platform.

Follow Born to Perform:

Website: www.borntoperform.co.za

Face Book: https://www.facebook.com/Borntoperformgala

YouTube: Born To Perform TV 

Enjoy highlights from Born To Perform Gala Concert 2016:

https://youtu.be/2srtdknHMpI

Enjoy highlights from Born To Perform Gala Concert 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jD5Me_OsjQ

Highlights from “A Night with the Stars” in association with the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_rheMiTIRo

Mom’s Little Darling!

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How am I supposed to concentrate when I get sent droolworthy images like this?! It’s quite rude really!! Certainly completely disruptive to my day!

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But when South Africa’s favourite toffee makers launches its very first Mother’s Day hamper – just in time for the BIG day (Sunday, May 13 – just in case you needed reminding) JAG Communications, PR company for Darling Sweet, just had to let everyone know … so we’re sharing the news!
The Darling Sweet hamper is a box full of love, and available only from the Darling Sweet online shop. It consists of a beautiful limited-edition box full of creative, delicious ideas so that you can say: “You’re the sweetest, Mom in the world”. The contents include a ready-made malva pudding mix, together with recipe card, Tannie Evita’s Classic Toffee Spread for the sauce and a gorgeous, colourful measuring spoon-and-cup combo, as well as two other well-loved Darling Sweet products – a 30g Coffee Toffee bar and a box of 200g Fleur de Sel (salt).

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Says Darling Sweet’s Hentie van der Merwe: ” For us, mothers epitomise delicious baking smells coming from the kitchen and sitting around with family and friends enjoying a cup of tea and tucking into a homemade treat.
“So we thought we’d put together a hamper that bought back that nostalgia, while at the same time making it easy for the kids to whip up a malva pudding and give mom a break.”
For those mothers (like me!) not into baking or malva pudding, Darling Sweet can also put together a hamper from their extensive product range, to suit any mom’s toffee flavour tastebuds.
Darling Sweet Mother’s Day hampers can be ordered from darlingsweet.co.za for only R299 (shipping included), and are available until stocks last, while their bespoke online gift hampers are available all year-round.
Pop onto the Darling Sweet website at http://darlingsweet.co.za/ to see what sweet treats are available!

Jan Hendrik Launches ‘JAN the JOURNAL’

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Michelin-star chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen needs no introduction to the Foodie Brigade! So they’ll be thrilled to know that following the success of JAN, his debut television show on VIA (DStv 147) last year, he’s now launching a luxury publication called JAN the JOURNAL on May 9, 2018.

Like his bestselling recipe books, the JOURNAL, a bi-annual publication, will be a rich, visual feast – part coffee-table cookbook, part luxury lifestyle magazine and part-travelogue. With more than 250 pages, the JOURNAL promises to take the reader on an epicurean voyage of discovery, exploring the big wide world of what we eat and where it comes from, with a special focus on South African ingredients and recipes: a feast for fans to luxuriate in!

With over 50 recipes in this epic volume, the JOURNAL promises to be the culinary event of the year.

Van der Westhuizen explains: “Nothing…

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MARRIED … BUT NOT TO EACH OTHER – 3 New Cities Added to Current Tour!!

Ndumiso Lindi and Tumi Morake have added three new cities to their ‘Married…But Not To Each Other’ Tour

 “They’re in it together.  Not Together-Together, But Together…” 

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Whilst travelling on one of their hilarious adventures, comedy’s modern traditionalist, Ndumiso Lindi together with comedy’s bad momma, Tumi Morake were asked by a customs official: “Are you married?”  Ndumiso quickly replied: “Yes”, realised what he was saying and added: “But not to each other.”  And thus began the comical journey for this wife and husband … of other people.

Now they’re taking their rib-cracking, side-splitting new stand-up show, ‘Married…But Not To Each Other’ across South Africa and into Africa.  Following a successful debut show in Menlyn (Pretoria) and two sold-out shows in Cape Town, new dates have been added in Botswana, Krugersdorp and Nelspruit, in addition to their official launch show on April 14 at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City in Johannesburg.

It’s a hilarious take on the roles and regulations of marriage and the pothole-laced roads the sexes have to navigate.  It’s not just about marriage.  It’s also about the world that these marriages have to survive in.

Ndumiso Lindi, the gentleman of South African comedy (otherwise known as Roosta), effortlessly blends new-age style with old-school traditions.  His deep voice, soul-warming smile, booming laughter, original content and seamless delivery make for a comedy act that is outstanding and soulfully South African.

With a comedy career spanning over 11 years and numerous outstanding credentials under her belt, Tumi Morake continues to be a formidable force in the comedy industry.  Her edgy and unpredictable brand of comedy has wowed audiences around the globe.  When she’s not on stage, Tumi Morake can also be seen on TV screens hosting WTFTUMI and Point of Order as well as channelling her seemingly endless talents into writing, acting and producing.

Tour Details:

3 March – Protea Hotel Fire & Ice (Menlyn)

9 March – Protea Hotel Fire & Ice (Cape Town) [SOLD OUT]

10 March – Protea Hotel Fire & Ice (Cape Town) [SOLD OUT]

14 April – Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City (Johannesburg)

5 May – The Grand Palm Hotel (Gaborone, Botswana)

26 May – Silverstar Casino (Krugersdorp)

27 July – Emnotweni Casino (Nelspruit)

Tickets are available through Computicket (except for Botswana where tickets are available directly through the venue).  Visit www.computicket.com or at a Computicket outlet near you.  ‘Married…But Not To Each Other’ carries a PG16 age restriction.

Proudly brought to you by Blu Blood (www.blublood.com @BluBloodSA).

Connect on social media:

Facebook: TumiMorakeSA, NdumisoLindi or Twitter: @tumi_morake, @NdumisoLindi

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TIME for TAILOR – the #1000MilesTour

Tailor High Res_01Popular SAMA nominated performer, Tailor has announced the South African schedule for her upcoming #1000MilesTour.

Tailor gained popularity after collaborating with LIVE’s lead singer Ed Kowalczyk, and has also shared the stage with top SA acts such as Locnville, Goldfish, Matthew Mole and Nakhane Toure.

In 2017, Tailor was honoured to be invited to perform as part of Johnny Clegg’s Final Journey Tour in front of thousands of local SA fans, as well as at London’s iconic Hammersmith Apollo.

British fans have since celebrated Tailor’s outlandish stage performance in the infamous Bedford in Balham that made Ed Sheeran famous (Ed Sheeran!!!!!!!!), the celebrated Halfmoon in Putney where The Who, U2, and Rolling Stones played and The Troubadour where Bob Dylan performed in his first show in London.

Tailor has confirmed South African dates for an exclusive two weeks in her #1000MILESTOUR. Fans will be captivated by her enigmatic performance and music from her three acclaimed albums: The Dark Horse, Light and Trust Part 1 as well as new music she has created with world-renowned musicians and producers alike.

A fan once asked Tailor why she was so quiet before her performance, and the young Tailor replied: “To save my voice, so I can scream on stage!”

TAILOR #1000MilesTour Schedule

APRIL

Friday 20th – Barnyard, Rivonia @ 8pm – tickets R150.00 from barnyardtheatre.co.za or 087 236 3088

Saturday 21st – The Music Box, Observatory @ 7pm – R450.00* includes drinks, dinner etc as per below – bookings info@hotspotconcerts.co.za or 082 4789 555

*ALL YOU CAN DRINK, dinner (super tasty vegetarian), show, tea/coffee and cake, your donation is R450.00 per person

Monday 23rd – Barnyard, Silverstar @ 8pm – tickets R150.00 from barnyardtheatre.co.za or 010 593 0744

Tuesday 24th – Café Roux, Cape Town @ 8.30pm – tickets R150.00 from caferouxsessions.co.za

Thursday 26th – Café Roux, Noordhoek @ 8.30pm – tickets R150.00 from caferouxsessions.co.za

Sunday 29th – Cottage club, Fishhoek @ 5pm – tickets R150.00 from cottageclub@mweb.co.za or 021 782 0931

MAY

Wednesday 2nd – Barnyard, Cresta @ 8pm – tickets R150.00 from barnyardtheatre.co.za or 011 478 5300

Thursday 3rd – Die Blou Hond, Pretoria @ 8.30pm – tickets R190.00 or R390.00 from http://www.casatoscana.co.za/events-shows/events
R190 for show, incl. popcorn, pre-drinks, coffee & tea OR dinner option @ R390 pp

Saturday 5th – Radium Beer Hall, JHB @ 9pm – tickets R150.00 from Andy 083 542 1044 or

radiumbarandgrill@telkomsa.net

Details for TAILOR

Website: www.Thisistailor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thisistailor

Twitter: @thisistailor

Instagram: @thisistailor

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CHILDREN’S THEATRE REVIEW – Underneath A Magical Moon

underneath-a-magical-moon_logohrWritten by Mike Kenny

Directed by Francois Theron

Once again, director Francois Theron succeeds in bringing a production to life in such a way that it’s perfectly accessible to and understood by the youngest of theatre-goers. We are so used to productions that are big, bold and shiny – far too brash and sophisticated for the likes of younger minds who are just getting to grips with what theatre is all about and how they can relate to it. The National Children’s Theatre is the ideal space in which they can do that.

I’ll admit from the start, I’m a fan of anything that relates to Peter Pan, and this didn’t disappoint. Sarah Roberts has created costumes and a set that will delight young audiences, and will inspire them to go home and re-enact both in their own homes! She’s made use of everyday household items that children will be able to find around their homes and that of their friends: an umbrella (the big, magical moon), gardening rakes (crocodile teeth), sleeping bags (mermaid tails – assisted by braces) … they might have to look a bit further for a wheelbarrow (a boat)!

Pic 6 Peter Pan (Danny Meaker), Tinkerbell (Phiphi-Gu'mmy Moletsane), Wendy (Nirvana Nokwe-Mseleku) John (Daniel Kieth Geddes).

The animated cast are an absolute delight and interact energetically with their highly enthusiastic young audience. Nirvana Nokwe-Mseleku as Wendy can be forgiven for her somewhat errant accent (slightly British … somewhat not-so-much) because she’s completely endearing and utterly lovely, and she sings beautifully. Daniel Kieth Geddes is Wendy’s younger brother John; he’s also a rather raffish Captain Hook, who’s actual quite wonderfully comical. Danny Meaker is the youngest, sleepiest brother Michael. He’s trying to show his older siblings how brave he is by sleeping out in the back garden with them. Meaker also plays Peter Pan, our well-known protagonist who never wants to grow up, leading Wendy to face her own fears about growing older and leaving childhood behind. Phiphi-Gu’mmy Moletsane is a charming and cheeky Tinkerbell who kids will immediately relate to. She’s mischievous and playful, willing to do anything for her hero Peter Pan.

Pic 9 Danny Meaker, Nirvana Nokwe-Mseleku, Daniel Kieth Geddes & Phiphi-Gu'mmy Moletsane.

Based on Mike Kenny’s adaptation of James Barrie’s original Peter Pan, this is a gentle and imaginative way of telling this popular and much-loved story to a far younger audience. The songs are catchy and enjoyable. I’m thinking they’re added in for maximum effect and to hold attention for as long as possible. It certainly works. Parts of the show are interactive and will enthral the young children who sit in front on cushions, and are virtually a part of the actual production. If your child is more sensitive, it might be better to keep them further back with you if you think they might feel slightly intimidated sitting near the front.

I highly recommend this if you have young children. (I’d say from age 4 to about age 12.) Productions at the National Children’s Theatre are of excellent quality, and are one of the best ways to introduce younger audiences to the magic of theatre and imagination.

The theatre is situated at 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg

Underneath a Magical Moon is on until 15 April 2018.

BOOKINGS: Call the theatre on 011 484 1584/5 or bookings@nctt.org.za

Pic 7 Group Pictures. Phiphi-Gu'mmy Moletsanw, Danny Meaker, & Danial Kieth Geddes.

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