Of aristocrats and business tycoons, Horse Racing has for too long been seen as an old boys club with selective and restricted access. However, there is a slow burn for change sparked by S’manga Khumalo winning the Vodacom Durban July, which has shed a new light on racing. People are really taking notice of the lifestyle and networking opportunities that Horse Racing in South Africa offers and realizing that it is not that cliquey or complex to own your own race horse. You don’t have to have the background or family connections either. In the run up to the Emperor’s Palace Charity Mile on the first Saturday in November and the Sansui Summer Cup on the last, Imagine Racing would like to underscore the opportunities to be more closely involved as an owner, rather than just simply being a guest at the races. While it is viewed as a luxury pursuit, this lifestyle experience is not only limited to the very wealthy. Sharing in a syndicate with a group of friends has many benefits and is not as complex as it sounds. To demystify the concept, here are a few pointers: 1. A syndicate is a group of people who share in the ownership of a horse or horses. a. Syndicates can be made up of 5 – 20 people. 2. In order to race a horse, each individual or the syndicate needs to be registered with The National Horse Racing Authority of South Africa (Jockey Club). As a registered syndicate the NHRA grants the privilege of colours (an annually renewable registration), which allows you to race the horses that you own. a. Owners must also register an authority to act, which allows the trainer to act on behalf of the owners, in all training decisions for the horse. 3. The benefits of shared ownership mean that you enjoy all the thrill of ownership at a fraction of the cost: a. The initial purchase price of the horse and the monthly training fees are shared between the members. 4. The members decide on their level of outlay and each syndicate is structured to suit the . . .
This October Pieter-Dirk Uys will be entertaining his fans with his latest show “An Audience with Pieter-Dirk EISH”. His new show starts with 15 boxes on stage, with a member of the audience being asked to choose a number. The outcome of the box chosen will determine Pieter’s persona and mood for the evening. Moods include drama, comedy, farce or shocking expose. The show will take place in the Vodacom Amphitheatre on Thursday, October 3 and Friday, October 4 from seven thirty in the evening. Make sure to book your seats today from Computicket for R150.00 each. More Info link:: Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiyathethaCommunications?ref=ts&fref=ts YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One For high res version/s of these One image/s please contact: Siyathetha Communications Images: Photographer: Stefan Hurter . . .
South African superstar Steve Hofmeyr returns to The Boardwalk this October. He has sold almost two million records, tapes, CDs and DVDs during his career, and won a South Africa Music Award (SAMA) for bestselling South African artist in 2004. As an actor, Hofmeyr is the man soapy fans love to hate, with roles in Egoli, Scandal, 7de Laan and Getroud met Rugby. He also presented his own award-winning talk show “Dis Hoe Dit Is” - which was screened on Kyknet. Hofmeyr will be performing Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 from seven thirty in the evening till late. Feel inspired to connect with your friends and family in the Vodacom Amphitheatre at the Boardwalk this October and get your tickets from Westway café in Newton Park or call them on 041 3650217. Tickets are R120.00 per person. More Info link:: Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiyathethaCommunications?ref=ts&fref=ts YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One For high res version/s of these One image/s please contact: Siyathetha Communications Images: . . .
South Africa’s multi-talented singer and songwriter Garth Taylor will be at The Boardwalk Vodacom Amphitheatre with his new show “The Live Experience” for one night only on Friday, October 25 from eight in the evening. Making his debut onto South African music scene in 1998, Taylor’s his include “Why”, “Only With You”, “If I Gave You My Soul”, “Home Again” and his cover, “Islands In The Stream”. Taylor’s latest album "Stripped Down Soul'd Out", received acclamation from the South African music industry, and is featured regularly on radio and television stations in South Africa. Make sure you get your tickets today for Garth’s one night only show. The “Best Of Garth Taylor” compilation album will be available at the event for R100 a copy and will be autographed. There will also be opportunities for the audience to meet and greet Garth, including photo opportunities with the man himself on the night. Tickets can be purchased from Computicket for R130.00 per person. More Info link:: Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiyathethaCommunications?ref=ts&fref=ts YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One For high res version/s of these One image/s please contact: Siyathetha Communications Images: Photographer: Photographer: Photographer: . . .
The acclaimed Blacks Only Bling Bling comedy tour comes to The Boardwalk this October as part of a national tour. With some of the country’s top comedians on stage in The Boardwalk International Convention Centre for one night only, fans can enjoy a night of comedy with a difference. On stage will be Marc Lottering, Skhumba, Jason Goliath, Thapelo ‘Tips’ Shampoo and the country’s top female comedian Tumi Morake. The MC for the night will be none other than David Kau, who was MC for Blacks Only nine years ago when the show started. It will be staged in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, October 5 from eight in the evening. Tickets are now on sale from Computicket, starting at R211 per person. Don’t miss out on seeing the flashy Bling-Bling tour this October at The Boardwalk. More Info link:: Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiyathethaCommunications?ref=ts&fref=ts YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One For high res version/s of these One image/s please contact: Siyathetha Communications Images: Photographer: Photographer: Photographer: . . .
Powerful voices showcasing silky smooth sounds are making their way towards The Boardwalk. Highly acclaimed entertainer Jayson King and the Queens will be performing in the Vodacom Amphitheatre on Saturday, October 5 from eight in the evening. The popular Musical Queens consist of Ruth Knight, Kashifa Blaauw, Sumaya Hendricks and Janine Cupido. Together with Jason King they will entertain fans with a selection of love and fun songs. Feel inspired to connect with your loved ones while Jayson King and the Queens entertain you. Get your tickets today from Computicket to avoid missing the show. Tickets cost R100.00 per person. More Info link:: Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiyathethaCommunications?ref=ts&fref=ts YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One For high res version/s of these One image/s please contact: Siyathetha Communications Images:FAILED%20(Temporary%20file%20could%20not%20be%20copied.) Photographer: Photographer: Photographer: . . .
Crocodile Creek Polo Club was thrilled to host this year’s very successful 94.7 Highveld Stereo and MTN Joburg Day! With a stellar line up of bands from Goldfish, Prime Circle, The Parlotones and Gangs of Ballet to Lloyd Cele, Elvis Blue, Daniel Baron and Connell Cruise the 10 hour music session had almost 30 000 people rocking all day! With ample room for everyone, the 300m x 200m polo field provided a dust-free, grassy surface to relax on and enjoy a beautiful day in the country. Fortunately for such an event, polo is played on the biggest field of any organized sport, so it can easily accommodate a large crowd. Being a fiercely contested game, it has captured many imaginations and converts, with history informing us that it was started by Genghis Khan in the Northern parts of India. A bit of riding ability and some ball skill are all it takes to become completely hooked on what is a demanding and challenging game. Golf may require a bit more patience but Sylvester Stallone was once heard to say that “playing polo is like trying to play golf in an earthquake”. Not everyone comes to polo with riding skills but Crocodile Creek is one of a few clubs in the Gauteng area that can assist with coaching and getting familiar with the game. Lessons in riding for polo are followed up with learning the different shots and rules of the game. The Club is easily able to assist with this and most polo players are very approachable and willing to help and guide new initiates. Crocodile Creek hosts a number of tournaments during the year and the club is just warming up for the summer season. Tournaments run from Friday to Sunday and all spectators are welcome to attend. Just pack a picnic and your favourite drinks or contact us for other catering arrangements or if you require corporate hospitality. “Having now had the opportunity to host so many Joburg people at the club, we look forward to next year and to having everyone back soon. Our special thanks to . . .
The 9th TOPS at SPAR SOWETO WINE AND LIFESTYLE FESTIVAL, in association with Food Network and the Travel Channel, was a sight for sore eyes as 8813 people from Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and even a few from different countries, sipped and danced their way through the festival weekend. Marilyn Cooper, co-founder of the festival, Cape Wine Master and outgoing CEO of the Cape Wine Academy, said “The core objective behind the TOPS at SPAR SOWETO WINE AND LIFESTYLE FESTIVAL, which remains true today, is to create a platform on which to develop an emerging market of educated and confident wine consumers, and to provide a worthy platform for lifestyle brands to showcase their products and add value to our end consumer experience. This year was our finest festival to date and Mnieklo and I would like to thank everyone who had a hand in making this such a successful and beautiful festival filled with warm-hearted, wine-loving people!” Jo’burg Tourism, Durban Tourism, Nederburg, Fatti’s & Monis, J.C. Le Roux and Massmart were amongst the big brands launching products and campaigns at the Festival , which also included wines, food, an art exhibition, live bands, DJ’s and a smattering of celebrities at what has become Jozi’s must-attend event of the year. Despite the sell-out success of the festival from a lifestyle brand and visitor point-of-view, Dave Noble, Gauteng Area Manager of headline sponsor, TOPS at SPAR, believes that some of South Africa’s top wine labels are missing big opportunities by not participating in the festival. “If we look at the trend of growth of this festival in the long run, and the increase in consumption in South Africa since the launch of this festival, it is the right thing to do and the right place to be. It was a great success and it was good to see a variety of wines on offer. Going forwards, TOPS at SPAR will work with the organisers and the industry to encourage more of the right wineries to exhibit at this important show. . . .
Treat yourself to words, wine and wonderful food at Grande Roche Hotel’s Culinary Innovations in Paarl on 27 September in the company of award-winning novelist, journalist, scriptwriter and documentary maker, Lauren Beukes. Lauren won the Arthur C Clarke Award for her novel Zoo City and her latest novel, The Shining Girls was named one of Huffington Post's top 40 most anticipated books for 2013 and will be adapted for international television release by Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way in collaboration with MRC. It’s a thriller that breaks the boundaries and is bound to have readers on the edge of their seats. Thelema Vineyards is a family owned and managed wine estate in Stellenbosch. Situated at the top of the Helshoogte Pass, it is one of the highest and coolest estates in the area. The combination of Thelema’s wine making style, the high altitude and deep red soils result in flavourful, flamboyant, complex and long-lasting wines with a distinctive South African character. Thelema is an icon in the South African wine industry and was recently rated one of the world’s top 100 estates. Crime and thrilling adventure combined with the culinary alchemy of Bosman’s Restaurant’s Chef Roland and fine Thelema wines, all add up to an entertaining evening for gastronomes and bookworms alike. Only at the Grande Roche Hotel – where every reservation is the promise of a treat. Contact: Christine Visagie - 021 863 5100 email@example.com Visit www.granderoche.co.za MENU Canapés Thelema Muscat de Frontignan 2012 Glazed sole kotelette, prawn-octopus crépinette, apple-fennel-dill salad, sorrel crème and nut butter jus Thelema Rhine Riesling 2009 BBQ flavoured quail breast, sweet corn parfait, curry mayonnaise and baked quail praline Thelema Chardonnay 2011 Slow roasted veal shoulder, crispy veal head terrine, braised baby cabbage, and pancetta gnocchi Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Tonka bean-ristretto . . .
The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) will host performances by two leading international contemporary dance companies: EIRA from Portugal and T42 from Switzerland. These performances will take place from 11-14 September at Hiddingh Hall, and follow on the heels of performances at Jomba! Dance Festival (Durban) and Dance Umbrella (Johannesburg) by both companies. The evenings of 11 and 12 September will feature T42’s Misato Inoue and Félix Duméril in Another Chopsticks Story and Swan. Another Chopsticks Story takes Madame Butterfly as a point of departure, using the famous opera to examine ideas around orientalism and identity, and false binaries between East, West, male and female; while Swan explores the physical, aesthetic and kinesthetic representations of innocence, vulnerability and elegance, as inseparable from pain, fear and guilt. “We may say white is the absence of color, as purity has no memory, while black is the saturation of colour as recurrent waves of pain and discreditable secrets. We look deeply into this profound despair, fear guilt and anger and we find a similarity to innocence, such as the infinite field of unfolding possibilities” comments choreographer, Misato Inoue. The second company, EIRA, will perform Our Lady of Flowers and The King in Exile (remake) on the evenings of 13and 14 September. Our Lady of Flowers, a solo by Francisco Camacho, shares its title with the Jean Genet novel. Presented in over forty venues in Europe and South America since its première in 1993, the piece employs a choreography of convulsion, obsession, failing physiological systems, and of the collapsing body – a dance of absolute sensual experience. It is an invocation of ghosts, of ridicule and laughter, of sensuality and obscenity. In The King in Exile (remake), Camacho draws inspiration from the figure of Dom Manuel II - the last king of Portugal, known as "the Patriot" or "the Unfortunate," who ascended the throne after the . . .