A new South American grill house comes to Bree Street called Charango Barbacoa. The menu features a wide selection of meat cuts cooked to perfection.All steaks are served with an extensive variety of mainly South American-inspired wet rubs, butters and sauces. These include salsa verde, chimichurri, chermoula, espresso butter, brandy cream and bone marrow butter. Sides to try with your grilled steak are smoked salt and garlic aïoli, sweet potato fries, chargrilled corn with chipotle butter. There are also zucchini fries with spicy tomato aïoli, baby veg tossed in beurre noisette and burnt butter mashed potatoes. Tacos make an appearance with fillings of pulled pork, beef or tuna.There are other fish dishes with ceviche, tuna tataki, and flame-grilled prawns. Finally, there is even a South African touch of droëwors and biltong. Look forward to desserts of deep-fried ice cream, crema catalana a Spanish dessert similar to créme brûlée and dulce de leche ice cream with a Pisco-infused sauce. With South American flair, this casual dining spot is an open flow venue which blends sidewalk and internal seating to create a lively dining spot. Buenos Aires meets the barrios. Discover a light and airy dining venue, where whitewashed brick meets wooden floors and white tiled walls amidst a collection of South American design features - framed photographs of gauchos and campesinos, old lamps and books, vintage travel posters and wall maps, ceramics and plants in earthenware. Welcome the summer heat with a range of cocktails which includes the delicious Negroni, Forever Summer and Cranberry Fizz. The comprehensive drinks menu also features a diverse list of quality local wines, MCCs sold per glass or bottle, spirits from tequila to rum and of course craft gin. To complete the drinks selection, there is an impressive array of beers including locally crafted brews. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town Carols at Kirstenbosch will be taking place from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 December. The event is proudly hosted by the Rotary Club of Kirstenbosch and sponsored by Pick n Pay. Thanks to the addition of pop-up Christmas themed-stalls, where visitors can browse the very best of Pick n Pay’s 2018 Christmas range, including everything from fun, festive headgear and stockings, to stockings-fillers, tree decorations and more. But be sure to get there early – stalls open at 6pm and close when carols start at 19:45pm. Pre-order a perfect picnic for two and there’s also a special picnic just for kids (see ordering details below). There will be two coffee stations at the venue serving a selection of coffees and hot beverages, in addition to hot dogs, mince pies, cupcakes, crisps and chocolates, mini candy canes, biltong, doughnuts and water. Please note that wine will NOT be on sale at the event, you’re welcome to bring your own. EVENT DETAILS: Address: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735 Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za and at all Pick n Pay stores nationwide. • Thurs: Adults R 110 | Scholars R 85 | Children R 25 • Fri – Sun: Adults R 125 | Scholars R 90 | Children R 30 Tickets include a glowstick and a song sheet. Event times • Gates open at 18h00: Please ensure you arrive early to secure your place and browse our new Christmas-themed pop-up stalls. • Carols starts at approximately 19h45 and are finished by 21h30 at the very latest. Picnic details and orders • Adult picnic for two @ R 195 - Whole baguette, cheese selection, hummus, pepper dew dip, Parma ham, crisps, brownies and water. • Kiddies picnic for one @ R 45 - PnP juice, PnP puffs, Christmas choc mallow and a hot dog voucher redeemable at the event. Please note your picnic will be ready for collection at the PnP food stand at Entrance 3 at the venue. Pre-order your picnic from Webtickets at . . .
R&B singer, Presss, will be bringing his Evolution of Love Tour to Tsogo Sun’s Goldfields Casino on Saturday, 24 November 2018, performing hits from his CD of the same name. Presss, whose real name is Vusani Sihlangu, first rose to fame as part of the Coca Cola Popstars group, 101, over a decade ago. After the group split, he and the other members decided to focus on their solo careers. Fortunately, a friend encouraged him to pursue his calling and so he began recording music again in 2015. The result is Evolution of Love – a soulful expression of Presss’s struggles and rise from the ashes. Goldfields Casino Marketing Manager, Danelle Coulson, says: “Presss’s music is incredibly powerful, and we saw how people connected with him during the CD launch we hosted last year. Based on this response from his fans, we just had to treat them to another night with this lyrical genius who knows just how to set souls on fire.” Tickets to what promises to be an intimate and sensorial experience are available from Computicket or the Casino’s Customer Service Desk at a cost of R200 per person, with discounts of up to 20% available for Rewards cardholders. The show is set to start at 20h00. The next exciting event that guests can look forward to will be a performance by acapella group, The Soil - featuring Thee Legacy, on 1 December 2018. For more information on these and other upcoming events, visit https://www.tsogosun.com/goldfields-casino. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Bobo Matjila has partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Nabu.Org, Global Citizen, and Kenya Airways to Celebrate “Ubuntu” in South Africa on December 2nd as a part of Mandela @ 100 Festival week. Featuring Musical Sensations Young Paris (US-Congo), Darkie Fiction (South Africa) and Award Winning Photographer Trevor Stuurman (South Africa). The conversation is moderated by Bobo Matjila (US-South Africa) . New York City, NY/November 23rd, 2018/ The Global Citizen festival has excited many African millennials throughout the continent. In celebration of this pan-Africanist climate, we are bringing together Africa’s most iconic, talented and benevolent artists to highlight the importance of their service to the world through their artistry. The discussion will be hosted by New York based artist and talk host, Bobo Matjila. The event is fully produced by entertainment publicist, Ekua Musumba and film director/event curator, Mukundwa Katuliiba. This is an event aimed at addressing the issue of illiteracy in underserved communities. It is a free-ticketed event, however, all donations will go to NABU.Org to help eradicate extreme poverty through literacy. Kweku Mandela, event producer and a grandson of Nelson Mandela, said, "My grandfather instilled in me the need to use your voice and actions to champion the struggles of your community. He believed that poverty is man made and could be eradicated by our actions. I am proud to be a part of a movement that reflects this and use citizen power to drive real change." The event will take place on December 1st 2018, between 5pm and 8pm at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is open to the public with RSVP via splashthat link: http://www.celebratingubuntu.splashthat.com/ Panelists Trevor Stuurman Trevor Sturmann is a major visual artist in South Africa’s leading creative community. With over 135,000 followers on Instagram, he uses his platform to showcase and highlight faces . . .
Multiple award-winning group, Mi Casa, together with Afro-pop sensation Encore, comedian Nina Hastie and rising star Samu are set to round off the working year in style for the final Birchwood Comes Alive Jazz Evening of 2018 on 1 December at the Birchwood Hotel. Mi Casa, the legendary trio, will take-over the Birchwood stage with their much-loved chart toppers that have seen them achieve international acclaim and three South African Music Awards. The versatile group, consisting of Dr Duda (producer, DJ and keyboardist), Mo-T (trumpeter) and J’ Something (vocalist), have taken the country by storm with their Jazz and House blend. Supporting Mi Casa is the sensational South African trio, Afro-pop and soul band, Encore. Having performed at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz in both 2009 and 2012, the Capital Arts Festival in 2010, the Tswana group have been topping the local charts for many years. Up and coming songstress Samu (Portia Nkuna) will open the evening with her soulful Jazz sounds. She first made her mark on the local music scene with her single “Dream On” this year, and describes her musical inspiration as capturing the spirit of Ubuntu and self-introspection. Renowned comedienne and MC, Nina Hastie, will take over the stage with her distinct style controversial comedy. Having been recognised as a child as the youngest radio host and voice of children’s programme K-TV and Yfm, Hastie has since been dubbed as one of SA’s top female comics. Don’t miss the perfect opportunity for a corporate year end party to remember on Saturday, 1 December at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg. Tickets are R4 500 for a table of ten or R450 per a person; including a delicious three-course buffet, table wine and a night of iconic local entertainment. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Programme: 29th November – 6th December 2018 Keynote Address, Panel discussions, Music, Poetry Performance and Workshops. Joburg Theatre (Loveday Str, Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein) and Hillbrow Theatre (30 Edith Cavell Str, Hillbrow) The African Women Writers Symposium (AWWS) aims to promote and develop writing within the continent and its diaspora. Over the years, the Symposium has hosted significant writers including the late Nadine Gordimer (SA), Willie Kgositsile (SA) and poet Jayne Cortez (USA), Aminata Forna (Sierra Leone/UK), Sapphire (USA), Gillian Slovo (SA), Lorna Goodison (Jamaica), Linton Kwesi Johnson (Jamaica), Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe), Vangi Gantsho (SA) to name a few. This year we once again present an exciting programme of writers of fiction and non - fiction including international award winning author Leila Aboulela (Sudan/Egypt).Leila Aboulela will deliver the 4th In Memoriam Lecture for Nadine Gordimer at the Joburg Theatre at Space.com on Thurs 6th Dec at 6.30pm.Leila Aboulela is the author of The Kindness of Enemies, The Translator, a New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year, Minaret and Lyrics Alley, Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards. She was the first winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. The Symposium will launch on Thursday 29th November at 6.30 pm at Joburg Theatre, The Fringefeaturing writers on a panel exploring Racism and Marginalisation with Malaika Mahlatsi (author of Memoirs of a Born Free, Reflections on the Rainbow Nation), Nosipho Mthembu (former teacher from Rustenburg Girls in Cape Town), Willie Perdomo (USA, Afro Latino, award winning poet, publisher and academic) and Prof J Ndlovu Gatsheni (Unisa). On the Friday 30th November at 6.30 pm at Joburg Theatre, The Fringe, there will be a special panel on ‘’Writing the truth in contested times’’with journalist, radio host and award winning author Redi Tlhabi, recipient of the 2013 Alan Paton award for Endings and Beginnings. Her latest . . .
Originally made popular in sci-fi movies and the online gaming world, Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for many years but has only recently been introduced to the spa industry. As a result, traditional massages are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Now, you can strap on a set of VR goggles and receive a revolutionary, multi-sensory treatment that promises heightened relaxation and a whole lot more! Melloney Rijnvis, Creative Director of The Wend, the leading trendsetter of immersive spa experiences, offers five reasons why you should give virtual relaxation a try: 1. Be transported into unexplored worlds and exotic destinations Too busy to take a holiday? Can’t afford the holiday of your dreams? With the introduction of virtual relaxation, you can now explore exotic destinations in the comfort of your local spa for a fraction of the cost. 2. Decrease anxiety Feeling anxious? Stressed? A 2017-study conducted by Psychological Medicine, showed that VR exposure-based treatments reduces anxiety.? 3. Reduce pain Suffer from chronic pain? A study by the American Psychological Association found that VR provides a suitable distraction and is a highly effective pain intervention. ? 4. Increased relaxation Need to unwind and relax? Humans typically process information through images and that’s why, to establish a relaxing atmosphere, many individuals need the help of guided imagery. VR offers just that! 5. Improved sleep patterns VR stimulates the brain to produce melatonin while lowering cortisol, thus helping people manage stress and sleep better. “It may seem counter-intuitive to use technology as an escape, but spa guests simply love the combination of immersive technology and human touch because it provides a whole new level of wellness and relaxation,” concludes Rijnvis. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Working with unique South African flavour combinations, experimenting with different ingredients, measurements and cooking styles, but most of all family fun, were the highlights at the Secret Tribe Chief Cook competition recently held at the Olive Branch Cooking School in Fourways, Johannesburg. 15 family teams from across Johannesburg came together to create culinary delights and compete against each other to create the best Gourmet Burger and the most delicious plate of Loaded Fries. The teams were made up of a variety of combinations (mother-and-son, mother-and-daughter, father-and-daughter as well as grandmother-and-granddaughter), who went all out to win the top prizes in each category. The event was part of a competition for Spur’s loyal Secret Tribe members – an exclusive club for kids aged 12 years and younger. Each team was given two challenges. First challenge was to create a Gourmet Burger, working with the famous Spur burger patty and sauces, as well as a variety of toppings to create the ultimate burger. For the second challenge each team was tasked to create a plate of Loaded Fries, making the fries the star of the show and not just a side. In each round the teams were judged on their ability to work together, as well as the taste of their food, what toppings they used, how well the flavours worked together and how they plated their food. The ‘Best Burger’ challenge was won by father-and-daughter team, Desmond Golding and 10-year old Layla, who cooked their patty to perfection and used a delicious combination of sauces and toppings. Mother-and-daughter team, Radia Bhamjee and 11-year old Kaylah came a close second. Mom-and-daughter team Nobuhle Tshabalala & 9-year old Esihle, were awarded the first prize for their plate of Loaded Fries. The runners up were mom-and-son team Tokelo Mashego and 9-year old Neo. “This was our sixth Chief Cook event and once again the contestants had so much fun in the kitchen. Our lives are so busy . . .
The South African International Tattoo Convention returns to Cape Town for the 3rd annual show with an upscaled offering of tattooers, bands and an even bigger experience for visitors. 29-30-31 March 2019 at The Lookout, V&A Waterfront. What’s It All About? The South African Tattoo Convention invites a curated collection of 90 tattooers from over 15 different countries to present their personal style of tattooing. Each tattooer is inspired by over 15 genres of modern and traditional tattooing. SAITC has become a highly respected event among the international tattoo community and is recognized by international artists as one of the most highlighted events on the world tattoo convention calendar; the only one of its kind in Africa. What Makes It An Experience Not To Miss? There is something genuine and special about this global meeting place of world travelling artists. It offers a high quality tattooing experience in a professional environment where you will receive world class advice and have a wide selection of tattoo styles to choose from. The vibe always includes story telling between travelling tattooers and clients alike, meeting people from all walks of life and getting to hang out, browse or even tattooed. Whether you are collecting a small momento-type tattoo from an artist’s drawing sheet, looking for some fine art prints for your home or commiting to a full day tattoo by your favourite artist, there is an unexplainable magic that happens when so many people come together to share the stoke and get tattooed under one roof. What Happens Other Than Tattooing? The 3 day show has upscaled their offering by introducing 6 live bands, 3 food trucks, an improved market area with fashion and lifestyle vendors, chocolatiers, coffee roasters, a fully kitted beer garden and a picturesque ocean view deck bar. Everyone is welcome and children of all ages are now able to attend. (Please note, children under 5 will not be allowed inside the . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 19 November 2018 This December, the force will be with Mall of the South at the second ComicEx event, taking place on the 1st and 2nd of December 2018 between 9am and 6pm daily. ComicEx celebrates a different aspect geek culture by showcasing a range of superhero and villain comic books and activities and gaming galore. So join in on the fun and come dressed as your favourite superhero or villain at ComicEx. There will be loads of activities available in the arena, including: cosplay, ComicEx Idols, ComicEx Nerf Battle Zone, artist alley, tech and gadget zones, comics, figurines, stalls and so much more. ComicEx is two-day ticketed event; one-hundred Rand (R100) gets you in per day and one-hundred-and-fifty Rand (R150) allows you access over both days. Tickets are limited, so be sure to get your tickets from Computicket. Terms and conditions apply. Tickets will also be available at the entrance. ComicEx is proudly brought to you by Caxton Alberton Record, Comaro Chronicle, Southern Courier and Get It Jo’burg South and Alberton, Dion Wired, Icarus Media, Mall of the South, Seeff Properties Kibler Park, South of Jo’burg business and Tourism (SOJO) and The Geek Bang Theory. For more info, simply mail ComicEx SA at email@example.com. Keep up-to-date with Mall of the South’s news and events. Simply visit www.mallofthesouth.co.za and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #MalloftheSouth CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .