It’s been a very busy past few weeks for the likes of Connie Ferguson, Zenande Mfenyane, Dineo Ranaka, Lalla Hirayama, Letshego Zulu, Thembi Seete, Ayanda Thabethe, & Leanne Manas amongst others – who are all part of the #KrushGoodness Krew. They’ve been heading around the country delivering school shoes to children in need as part of the #KrushGoodness project. The project has officially come to an end with Leanne Manas and Brent “Good Things Guy” Lindeque having visited the final school in the Western Cape – concluding the delivery of the 20 000 school shoes for 2019.
Leanne Manas opens up shortly after her school visit to Siyabulela Primary School in the Western Cape.
What drew you to participate in the #KrushGoodness project?
I have an absolute passion for Education and anything that will assist the youth of this country rise up and become our future leaders!
What were you most looking forward to about visiting Siyabulela Primary School?
It’s one thing supporting a charity or school from a distance; it’s a completely different story visiting the people you are helping, getting to know them, understanding their circumstances, feeling their pain and joy and then offering them love and a helping hand where you can.
What, for you, is the biggest importance of helping our communities and children in particular?
If we don’t help, who will? We cannot rely on governments to do everything – we need to step up and get involved ourselves. There are certain things where we can make a difference and become active participants in community development and upliftment.
Are you involved with any other community or CSI initiatives personally? If so, are there ways for others to get involved as well?
I am an Ambassador for the UNHCR and travel the continent to refugee camps, highlighting the plight of the growing refugee crises and helping where I can. Anyone interested in getting involved can visit www.luquluqu.org or www.unhcr.org
What is the one piece of advice you have for young fans of yours?
You are the creator of your own destiny. You need to rise up above your circumstances with an attitude that says “I am bigger than this and no-one is going to stop me from achieving my dreams!”
What does the rest of 2019 hold for you?
I’m optimistic that this year is going to come with a lot of changes, some challenges and a couple of hills to climb. But I do believe once I reach the top of those Summits the view is going to be incredible!
The 91st Annual Academy Awards took place in a glittering ceremony in LA last night, and the winners are...
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Best Supporting Actress
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Roma, Alfonso Cuaron
Best Adapted Screenplay
Blackkklansman, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee
Best Original Screenplay
Green Book, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly
Best Original Score
Black Panther, Ludwig Goransson
Best Original Song
Shallow (A Star is Born) Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Vice, Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney
Best Costume Design
Black Panther, Ruth E. Carter
Best Documentary Feature
Free Solo, Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Best Sound Editing
Bohemian Rhapsody, John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone
Best Sound Mixing
Bohemian Rhapsody, Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali
Best Production Design
Black Panther, Hannah Beachler
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Animated Feature Film
Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Best Animated Short Film
Bao, Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb
Best Film Editing
Bohemian Rhapsody, John Ottman
Best Visual Effects
First Man, Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm
Best Documentary Short Subject
Period End of Sentence, Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton
Best Live Action Short
Skin, Guy Nattive and Jamime Ray Newman
Are you looking for Johannesburg’s best kept secret? Then why not celebrate the romance of Valentine’s Evening under the fairy lights in Arbour Café’s courtyard. Arbour, situated in the heart of Birdhaven, Illovo is creating your ideal Parisian romance with great food and champagne in their breathe taking setting. There are various set menu’s which include food suitable for vegetarians to duck lovers, as well as those gluten free, various sides, a palate cleaner, and dessert topped with the prestigious and delicious Veuve Clicquot ! So what you can expect to eat is:
For Starters: Baked brie with pecan nuts & cranberry chili or Flambéed chorizo, mozzarella, roast rosa tomatoes, onions & basil galette (gluten free) or Smoked salmon & dill crème fraïche phyllo cups
Palate Cleanser: Blissful berry
For Mains: Chicken fillets with a light creamy white wine, sundried tomatoes, spinach & feta sauce or Crispy duck confit with a 5-spice cherry sauce or
250g Aged ribeye steak with herbed béarnaise or Pasta shells with roasted rosa tomato sauce, olives, capers & parmesan (v)
Sides with the mains: Roasted sweet potatoes with chilli ginger & honey, green beans; broccoli tossed in lemon butter; and roasted butternut and beetroot
For Dessert: Salted caramel & apple crêpe with vanilla ice cream or star anise cinnamon crème brûlée or hot chocolate lava pot with vanilla ice cream
2 x 4 course meals
2 x glasses of Veuve
R995 for 2
2 x 4 course meals
2 x glasses of Veuve Rose
R1090 for 2
2 x 4 course meals
1 x bottle of Veuve
R1395 for 2
2 x 4 course meals
1 x bottle of Veuve Rose
R1550 for 2
Please note that the evening is subject to bookings only. To book and secure your seat, kindly contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org or 011 788-4111.
Multiple award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir scooped up the Best World Music Album trophy for their album “Freedom” at the 61st Grammy Awards, held at a glittering event in Los Angeles last night. This was the group`s fifth nomination in this category and they have now won the prestigious award a total of three times. Receiving the award on behalf of Soweto Gospel Choir were album producer Diniloxolo Ndlakuse Shimmy Jiyane, Mary Mulovhedzi and Mulalo Mulovhedzi whose late father David Mulovhedzi co-founded the group with Producer/Director Beverly Bryer 17 years ago.
Of course Soweto Gospel Choir are no strangers to international and African accolades and awards, having previously won an EMMY for their collaboration with global pop icons U2 as part of ESPN’s 2010 FIFA World Cup coverage, (tied with Rihanna and Jay-Z’s Superbowl performance), as well as four South African Music Awards and a Metro FM Music Award among others. The group was also nominated for an Oscar for their collaboration with Peter Gabriel on the theme song for the film “Wall-E”.
The Grammy Award winning album “Freedom” was recorded in June 2018 as part of the group`s tribute to the 100 Years of Mandela celebrations. It features a selection of South African struggle songs including their scintillating version of Johnny Clegg`s poignant “Asimbonanga”. The album was released in the United States where the group have just completed a highly successful three-month long tour. Further tours are planned for 2019 including an Australasian tour scheduled for July through September, and locally, a performance at this year’s Cape Town Jazz Festival in March.
Cruises International recently announced The Luxury Collection to guests at an exclusive invite-only event at Mesh Club on the Keyes Arts Mile in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
The theme of the evening was ‘What is your idea of luxury?’
Guests were posed this question and presented with many points to ponder on and expand their mind on this topic. Luxury does not mean spending more than you can afford which was driven by the Luxury Collection’s deals which can take you to many countries on one single trip through Crystal Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Seabourn and Amawaterways. By pushing the boundaries of travel and unforgettable experiences, The Luxury Collection gives all its travellers the opportunity to experience the most luxurious accommodation, cuisine, leisure and entertainment out at sea at prices you may not expect.
High profile guests such as Lorna Maseko, Gareth Cliff, Tima Reece, Nambitha Mpumlwana and radio personalities, Heather Hook and Helen Desbois, were treated to BVLGARI fragrances, gourmet canapés and professional caricatures giving a sense of what it’s like to be on the cruise liners. Seymour Brugger, Luxury Brand Manager for Cruises International, touched on luxury not costing exorbitant amounts of money for travellers. “The Luxury Collection is the world’s most luxurious group of cruise liners which, through certain deals that are available, can give travellers the the opportunity to visit several countries in one package without the hassle of booking several flights, accommodation and restaurants. Everything is right there on the ship for them to enjoy a holiday like no other.” says Brugger.
With amenities such as the world’s best restaurants with Michelin star chefs, Broadway entertainment and the most luxurious brands such as BVLGARI**, The Luxury Collection truly is an experience like no other out at sea.
** BVLGARI amenities are only available on the Oceania cruise liners and not entire Luxury Collection portfolio.
For more information, please visit www.cruises.co.za.
Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green made the Top 3 at the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand, this morning. Tamaryn was crowned runner up as Miss Philippines took the crown.
Twenty-four-year-old Green, from Paarl in the Western Cape, represented South Africa against contestants from 93 other countries in the competition which was won by Miss Philippines Catriona Gray. Green was one of the front runners throughout the build-up to the finale.
The 67th Miss Universe pageant, which took place at Impact, Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok, Thailand, saw Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa crown her successor at the end of the event.
The show, which was screened in South Africa on 1Magic (DStv channel 103), was hosted by comedian Steve Harvey and supermodel Ashley Graham, while television personality Carson Kressley and runway coach Lu Sierra provided commentary and analysis throughout the event.
Green spoke of her experience: “The Miss Universe experience has been beyond my wildest expectations and I am delighted to have done so well. Congratulations to Catriona. The contestants were wonderful – some I think will be lifelong friends. It has been a true journey of the sisterhood. Thailand is a fantastic country with friendly people who have made us all feel so welcome. We worked hard but what we have received in return is priceless. The support I got really spurred me on. Thank you everyone back home.”
Says Claudia Henkel, Group PR manager Sun International: “We are incredibly proud of Tamaryn and how she has shone on the world stage. She has worked really hard during her reign and in the preparations for Miss Universe and she deserved her Top 3 placement. We look forward to welcoming her home where her Miss South Africa journey continues.”
At the time of winning the Miss South Africa title in May this year, Green was a sixth and final year medical student at the University of Cape Town with her sights set on specialising in paediatrics once she qualifies.
She continued to promote her #BreakTheStigma at Miss Universe which has been hugely successful at raising awareness around TB. Green also travelled to New York in September to speak at the first-ever UN General Assembly high-level meeting on tuberculosis and was invited to speak at the Union Conference on Lung Disease at The Hague where she told her story and her battle with TB.
Wrenrose Court is situated in the heart of Birdhaven, surrounded by the beautiful suburbia of Illovo, Melrose, Melrose North, The Wanderers Club and the stunning James and Ethel Gray Park! As a new tradition, Wrenrose court will be having their first Christmas Market on Wednesday 5th December 2018 to become an annual event. The market will be a combined effort of the tenants in Wrenrose Court. The Hub of the activities will be brought together in the Courtyard of Arbour Café and the interleading passage ways with a variety of different food, drinks and gifts!
The line up of what can be expected this year is award winning artist Vuma Levin, part of 3 piece band to lighten the atmosphere and create festive cheer! Wrenrose Court has partnered with Sandton SPCA in order to not only raise awareness of the amazing work they do but since this is the season of giving, what better way than to help raise money for them as an organisation. Some of the highlights that make this Christmas Market different include a Fashion Show where some of the SPCA volunteers will be showing off some cute and gorgeous animals. A raffle ticket will be part of the evening’s proceedings and all tickets sales will go towards the Sandton SPCA. General Manager of Sandton SPCA, Jaco Pieterse said during one of the meetings: ‘We are excited about the idea of partnering with such a great venture.’ The fashion show participants will be dressed up by the members of the tenants to really show off what Wrenrose Court has to offer this season.
For adults they will be able to enjoy champagne, wine, coffee, great food, including sushi, live music, buying Sandton SPCA merchandise, shopping at the different stores for Christmas, the fashion show and for kids taking pictures with Father Christmas, face painting, and live music with Christmas carols, recreating nostalgia! The proceeds of the raffle tickets and 50% of the face painting will be going to the Sandton SPCA! The market is set to run from 5pm to about 9pm, the fashion show to be held at around 7pm and the first 50 people to arrive at the market will get a free glass of wine!
Follow the conversation on Social Media by using the following hashtag #WrenroseChristmas
There is no doubt now that Summer is in full swing and what better way to get in the mood than with some new, stylish looks to suit any occasion.
Benmore Centre has been offering convenience through its world class shopping since 1964 and together with Miladys, invited us for a full, fabulous fashion experience.
Miladys has been around long enough to know what makes women tick and 'believe a good day starts with a good outfit'.
We couldn't agree more!
If you are in the market for a swimsuit or holiday accessories, you really will find that holiday feeling at Miladys with a wide range of styles and stunning prints to suit every style and size. The throws and wraps are exquisite and the perfect accompaniment to any bikini or swimsuit around the pool at home or beach side, if you are lucky enough to spend some summertime there.
This girl was a on a frock mission though and the variety was mind-blowing! Long, short, sparkly, smart, floral, bold, casual, frilly, soft, sexy, pretty...the list goes on and on.
How is a girl to choose? I decided to cover a few eventualities and settled on a casual green print, (almost a bit of a Christmas vibe) T-shirt dress with peekaboo shoulders, so comfortable and light.
My second choice was the stripe look, which is still very much in fashion and the simple belted shirtdress is the perfect addiction to any wardrobe to be dressed up with a pair of heels or a more simple everyday look with some sparkly, summer sandals or sneakers.
The star of my selection has to be the navy, floral, chiffon dress that falls so beautifully and makes me feel like a million bucks! I even wore it to an event that afternoon and got comments from pretty much everyone.
How much can a girl get three dresses for in this day and age, I hear you ask? You may think I am pulling your leg, but, all three came in at a little over R1000, great value!
A shopping experience is always that much more fun when there are a few of you and luckily I had a couple of experts on hand to get opinion on my choices of purchase. My longtime friend and blogger, Heather Hook and the lovely store manager, Emeldah, who both helped with the very difficult choice of what to select to give me my Miladys holiday feels.
Benmore Centre, situated in the heart of Sandton, offers luxurious indulgences to life's everyday necessities featuring a range of stores to suit every need.
Visit Miladys now, open an account and get R1000 in vouchers! You also stand a chance to win a Miladys hamper.
One of Sandton’s most stylish outdoor spaces – San Deck – has reopened following a full refurbishment, bringing to life a uniquely African meeting spot carved into the Sandton skyline.
With a spectacular location in the iconic Sandton Sun (https://www.tsogosun.com/sandton-sun-hotel), the San Deck (https://www.tsogosun.com/san-deck) is vibrant, stylish, and comfortable. Designed to take full advantage of the spectacular Highveld sunsets, and offering guests a variety of unique spaces, San Deck is a place to share experiences of social dining and sophisticated artisanal beverages.
San Deck’s food and drinks menu reflect the style and variety of its setting. In keeping with the ethos of Sandton Sun, the food menu showcases fine, seasonal, and sustainable South African produce, and features a wide selection of snack and meal options. Social options include items such as sushi, oysters, homemade deck sliders, calamari and other South African favourites.
The beverage menu is a true showcase of the quality of South African spirit, beer, wine, MCC and cider producers. Premium local spirits include craft gin and rum, single grain, single malt, and blended whisky, brandy, vodka, agave, and liqueurs. The menu includes a range of local craft beers and ciders, and an exceptional wine list, including a variety of champagnes, sparkling wine and a selection of Tsogo Sun’s auction wines. Imported premium spirits and bespoke cocktails offer variety for every occasion.
San’s inviting and unique outdoor spaces offer a retreat for relaxation or energising, easing in or winding down. A new rooftop garden area is created through the intricate use of metal lattice screens, foliage and trees, different levels, atmospheric lighting, eye-catching design elements and comfortable, relaxed seating.
The music complements the contemporary and energetic heart of South Africa’s business hub, and in the evenings, resident DJs deliver a pulsating Afrocentric beat.
Ravi Nadasen, COO of Tsogo Sun hotels, says, “The full refurbishment of the Sandton Sun’s San Deck, coupled with the introduction of menus designed for sharing and enjoying throughout the day and into the night, along with San Deck’s exceptional local artisanal beverage options will ensure memorable experiences for local and international guests, providing a beautiful space for intimate get togethers or for celebratory events with family, friends and colleagues.”
Tsogo Sun has a portfolio of over 100 hotels and 13 casino and entertainment destinations throughout South Africa, Africa and the Seychelles. For more details, visit https://www.tsogosun.com.
Sunlight Dishwashing Liquid is the number 1 dishwashing liquid brand trusted by South Africans for its ability to cut through the greasiest residue on dirty dishes with just a few drops. Now Sunlight has launched two new dishwashing liquids under the Sunlight Extra range, each with added natural ingredients designed to offer consumers a dishwashing experience with more benefits – one that is inspired by nature.
Sunlight has recognised the shift in consumer consciousness towards a more natural, healthier lifestyle. Bourgeoning stress levels and the resulting illnesses caused by an increasingly demanding lifestyle have made the desire for a more nature-centric lifestyle an increasingly compelling concept. With this in mind, Sunlight is using the launch of their nature-inspired Extra Range, to inspire consumers to bring nature into their daily lifestyle
“As market leaders, Sunlight is embarking on a journey with our consumers – one that honours our customers’ need for efficacious household cleaning products while allowing us to offer them added benefits by adding naturally sourced ingredients,” explains Nobuhle Ngubane of Sunlight South Africa.
Sunlight Extra Anti-Bacterial Dishwashing Liquid contains lactic acid and mint. As an organic compound that is found naturally in our bodies, lactic acid is also a powerful anti-bacterial that is safe and effective for regular household use. Mint has also been used for generations as a natural antibiotic with antiviral, fungicidal and antioxidant properties. The lactic acid ensures that Sunlight Extra Anti-Bacterial kills 99.9% of germs found on a typical kitchen cleaning sponge, leaving you with peace of mind.
In the same way, Sunlight Extra Nature contains added aloe and mineral salts, both of which have been used for generations for their healing and soothing properties. This means that Sunlight Extra Nature is gentle on your hands while being safe for the whole family to use.
“The Sunlight Extra range is just the start of an ongoing long-term plan to lead the environmental agenda for big-name brands in South Africa,” continues Nobuhle “But it is not only about helping our customers move into a more environmentally conscious way of living; it’s also about reminding consumers of the incredible resource we have in nature, and that there is much to be learned and gained by bringing a little more nature into our homes.”
Get more information HERE on the new Sunlight Extra range and bring nature into your home.
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