Every class of motorbike will get a chance to shine at the Dezzi Festival of Speed taking place on Saturday, 29 April at the South Coast Bike Fest #SCBF2017 presented by UGU South Coast Tourism. Forming part of the #SCBF2017 programme, the Dezzi Festival of Speed comprises a number of fast-paced biking events taking place throughout the day at the stunning Dezzi Raceway in Port Shepstone on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. “This is really an action-packed event programme that will provide non-stop entertainment for bike lovers as well as those with little knowledge of motorbikes and racing,” said Dezzi Festival of Speed race organiser, Bob West. “We’ve made sure this is really a spectator-friendly day with a variety of motorcycles and riding styles all set against the magnificent backdrop of the Indian Ocean.” The event kicks off at 7.30am with a biking blast from the past as the 2 strokes take to the track to burn some oil in an epic race. They will be followed by a range of bikes from 600cc to 1000cc as the Breakfast Runs gets underway promising 10 laps of skilled racing action. A crowd favourite – the 150 Honda and Scooters – will then go head-to-head followed by the not-to-be-missed Legends car race. Originating in the 1930s and 1940s, the Legends vehicle is a compact car shell fitted with a 1300cc motorbike engine, and these zooty cars always make for a fantastic spectator sport. The Bike Attack, which follows the Legends race, will see some 20 motorbikes completing 10 laps of the Dezzi Raceway with judges looking at both speed and consistency. One prize will be awarded to the fastest rider, and another to the most consistent rider on the track. Then it’s anything goes in the Open Class race with Super Singles and Powersports getting some time in the limelight. Because of the magnitude of the #SCBF, representatives from biking clubs across the country will be in attendance and club members are urged to come support their club presidents at the . . .
Four local kitchen designers have been tasked with incorporating the ‘Simplicity in Design’ theme while creating a user-friendly space for the home at this year’s Decorex Cape Town Franke Kitchen Design Project running from 27 to 30 April. This popular kitchen feature – endorsed by The Kitchen Specialists Association (KSA) – will see leading Western Cape kitchen designers; Hollywood Kitchens, Unique Kitchens and Gardner Interior Concepts, crafting aspirational kitchen models using quality products supplied by Franke SA. “It’s always exciting to see what interesting designs emanate from the Western Cape,” said Franke SA’s National Sales Manager, Clinton Soutter. “After months of preparation, they are given prime space to interpret this year’s hottest trends, maximising on the area provided with a functional, yet enchanting kitchen feature.” Besides centring the installation around the ‘Simplicity in Design’ theme with the inclusion of the latest Franke products, each designer is given creative space to craft an eye-catching yet practical kitchen which will be critically judged by representatives from both Franke SA and KSA on various criteria. These include overall appeal, utilisation of space, kitchen flow, user-friendliness and quality of materials used. Once the final decision has been made, the winner will be awarded an incredible R10 000 worth of Franke SA products as well as invaluable ongoing support following the event. “There are so many exciting developments in design and products within the kitchen industry and it is always interesting to see how these are incorporated by various experts in the field,” said Stephanie Forbes, National Manager of KSA. “The kitchen is central to every home which is why Franke Kitchen Design Project is such an integral feature of the Decorex SA events. It’s always a privilege to be involved in this feature which brings so many of our KSA members together for meaningful exchange.” Winner of the 2016 Decorex Cape Town . . .
The Treasure Chest Wine Show has been a resounding success in Durban, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Pretoria and continues to inspire the people of South Africa. And now, the Treasure Chest, a Proudly South African endorsed wine collective will introduce the crème of South Africa’s most exciting black owned wine brands to The South Coast Bike Festival which takes place from April 27 – 30 in Margate on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast. This group of self-made winepreneurs, collectively possess over 125 years’ experience, 12 of whom are powerful and visionary women on the rise. Pathfinders to transformation in this 360-year-old wine agricultural sector, where less than 2% of the industry is black-owned, the Treasure Chest collective is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Their perseverance, determination and strong desire to work collectively to penetrate the untransformed wine industry and be more active in the retail mainstream of the South African economy is a prime example, for entrepreneurs who are struggling to enter other industries in South Africa. Treasure Chest Wines are world-class by any means, having been the first South African Wine on American Airways, on the shelves of leading retailers, winners of numerous international awards and now exporting collectively to over 25 countries, the future looks bright for the pioneering wine brands. A TRUE TREASURE OF PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN WINES Aptly called “Treasure Chest”, the brand speaks to the inherent value of the unique array of flavours, aromas and blends, including over a hundred varietals that are some of South Africa’s best-kept secrets. Each wine carries a unique South African essence and story, personal to its creator, developer and owner. Treasure Chest wines includes award winning and internationally sought after varietals and vintages from more than 11 different wine regions in the Western Cape, each with its unique nose and taste characteristics. The brand collectively encapsulates a perfect . . .
Local South African sculptor, Hubert Barichievy will be launching his latest range of “Pop-Busts” on the 4th of May 2017 (First Thursday) at 91 Loop Street, Cape Town. Great art starts with a desire to express feeling, a story or an idea and that is exactly what can be found in Hubert Barichievy’s “Pop Bust” sculptures. Hubert’s passion for storytelling through art manifests itself in these incredible polyurethane elastomer busts of famous pop culture heroes. Each one of them representing a struggle, a talent or a part of history. These busts are not the only genius works that Hubert has created. Hubert’s background in sculpture started when he was commissioned by ZA News to turn South African satirist, Jonathan Shapiro’s political caricatures in to three dimensional puppets for one of their famous online skits. Shortly after this successful venture, he started applying his knowledge and skills to his own creations. Hubert’s quirkiness and incredible artistic range was clearly demonstrated during his commission work for Fox P2. Hubert was tasked with creating portrait busts out of cheddar cheese as part of a marketing campaign for Parmalat. It was then that Hubert realised not only his talent for sculpture but his passion for it. The first of Hubert’s busts were created a few years ago. The initial three muses were all highly acclaimed and instantly recognisable artists themselves; namely Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. Subsequently the series has been extended to incorporate other significant people of the 20th and 21st century such as Desmond Tutu, Banksy, Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein. The series includes 25 pop culture icons which will be on display and for sale on the 4 May 2017 at 91 Loop Street, Cape Town. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
MBDA invites artists to become ‘friends of the Athenaeum’ Port Elizabeth, 21 April 2017 – The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) is inviting artists in Nelson Mandela Bay to join the “Friends of the Athenaeum” group. Members will receive numerous benefits when using Athenaeum building in Central, Port Elizabeth, including free WiFi, 30% discount on room hire fees, 25% discount on theatre hire, a desk which can be utilized as a meeting area or creative space, be invited to creative industry events, early bird bookings for theatre productions, among others. “The Athenaeum is a fantastic hub for the creative sector in Nelson Mandela Bay. The activities that we host here are aimed at making that vision practical,” commented Oyama Vanto, Project Leader: Job Creation & Tourism Infrastructure Development at MBDA. The membership fee is R100, paid once a year for the above mentioned benefits. The Athenaeum forms part of a tourism route known as the Arts Journey in Port Elizabeth and offers venue hire, exhibition hosting and curation, event management services, bar services, marketing and promotion, and service provider management. “We are very passionate about keeping art alive in Nelson Mandela Bay by creating opportunities for artists so they can grow in the industry,” he added. The Athenaeum, declared a national monument in 1980, is located on Belmont Terrace, flanked by historic Port Elizabeth streets, Military Road and Castle Hill in the suburb of Central near the Port of Port Elizabeth. The building is one of the few examples of the classical style of architecture in the city and was designed by George William Smith. The building forms part of a successful submission by the MBDA to the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), submitted in July 2009 for funding. It was specifically aimed at upgrading a range of art facilities and promoting projects within the Port Elizabeth inner city. The proposal was called the ‘Arts, culture, environment and . . .
Cape Town, 19 April 2017 – Successful localised family ‘what’s on’ sharing app, I’m Bored, has undergone a refresh, and has re-branded as Fun Nearby. Created by KRS Mobile’s Simplifier-in-Chief Lorraine Steyn, and her then 10-year-old son, in 2014, the free events listing platform and service has grown to become a firm favourite for parents and kids in sourcing fun things to do close by. Explaining the rationale behind the re-brand, Steyn said: “We have always seen ourselves as an international application and while undergoing an upgrade of the technology behind the platform, we felt it was as good a time as any, to move onto a global URL. “When we analysed what this service accomplishes, we realised that the ‘bored’ moniker was negative and we wanted to promote the more positive aspect of having fun with the family.” www.funnearby.com retains much of the I’m Bored iconography, but has streamlined the event uploading process – which can now be done by event organisers directly. It has also improved its categorisation and the geo-location function – on the site and via the Android and iOS apps. The service will continue to issue its newsletters and have a strong Facebook presence (currently over 50 000). Fun Nearby features a map view that easily lets the user see what’s on nearby, supported by large images for easy browsing. Promoters can upload their own family-friendly events, and all events are curated before release to ensure that the standard of the content is high. A new feature due for release this week, will allow users to rate and comment on events, providing valuable community feedback on each listing. Fun Nearby welcomes all events that are family-focused, including community events, an important focus for the platform going forward. Events can be listed by either going to the website or by sending a mail to: email@example.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: The Tramways building, a catalytic investment in Baakens River Valley mode has revitalised the valley into a magnet for major events and function. Port Elizabeth, 19 April 2017 – The revamped Tramways building in Port Elizabeth has proved to be a major catalyst to economic development and has livened up the Baakens Valley. The R40million investment in the rejuvenation and redevelopment by the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) has hosted more than 40 000 visitors, held close to 100 events attended by numerous people in just one year since opening its doors. “There is a lot of demand out there for big venues and this building provides a unique advantage whereby the client can create their own masterpiece with the open space. A lot of people have been disappointed that most of the dates are already booked from last year and we are busy with 2018 booking already,” said Luvuyo Bangazi, MBDA spokesperson. The shell of the double-volume building had been retained, with brick and timber windows in place of steel to honour the once working bus shed, with modern materials. The exterior of the building, particularly on the Baakens Street and Lower Valley Road side, was restored to its original design. The Tramways offers four floor spaces to hire. The exhibition hall boasts a 1000 square meter floor space, the foyer area offers almost 200 square meters, there is a 16 seater boardroom, and the latest addition is a new Left Wing which is about 300 square meters. The spaces cater for conferences, exhibitions, food markets, night markets, craft shows, music events, cocktails events, product and service launches among others. POPULAR VENUE: Hordes of people visit the Valley Market stalls held at the Tramways building, Port Elizabeth. Traders at the Tramways agree that the venue has added value to their investment. Grant Foong the owner of Foong’s said, “As a small caterer trading during the Valley Market at the Tramways has given . . .
(East London) – Families looking for a special Easter holiday treat need look no further than the Easter Festival Market taking place this week. The daily festival, running until Easter Sunday at Hemingways Mall, puts a sweet spin on the holiday period with an indulgent array of confectionery and themed vendors. Market-goers can look forward to mouthwatering baked goods such as Easter-themed biscuits, death-by-chocolate cupcakes, cappuccino slices, milk tarts, and doughnuts drizzled with chocolate and caramel. “Our first Easter-themed market celebrates the sweet life and allows an influx of new and exciting vendors and added entertainment for the holiday period,” said Hemingways marketing manager Estee Roos, adding that those without a sweet tooth could enjoy savoury treats such as spicy curry bunnies and samoosas, and savoury tarts, among the offerings. The mall’s Edgars Court and upper ground walkways have been transformed into a traditional market experience, where shoppers will also find wooden and traditional beadwork, African-inspired clothing and accessories, and other unique handmade pieces. In addition, Roos said there would be a wide variety of daily, free kids’ entertainment to help beat the holiday boredom, including a dedicated play area with activities such as biscuit and Easter egg decorating, sand art and face painting. “Our regular community market forms part of the festival and is designed to reflect the vibrancy and diversity of our region. There’s something for everyone, with a variety of stalls, gourmet food vendors, music and entertainment,” said Roos. Children can also have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny over the Easter Weekend, and those who enter the colouring-in competition stand a chance to win a share of R1800 in gift card prizes. The market is open during mall hours – with extended trading until 5pm on Sunday and Family Day. It will be closed on Good Friday. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to . . .
Without a doubt one of the most exciting acts to break out from 2013, MonArk are changing the face of pop music in South Africa and they will be playing Franschhoek Cellar on Sunday 23 April 2017 Franschhoek Cellar has over the last few months hosted some of SA’S top acts including Watershed ,Ard Matthews ,Prime Circle ,Arno Carstens ,and the Parlotones and now MonArk on Sunday 23 April ,starting at 3pm -Book at webtickets. The shows have been curated by James Stewart and Martin Myers with support from Paul Bothner Music and Franschhoek Country House and Villas and sound design and operation of each show by Abdul Burton Mixing Eugene Coetzer’s uniquely characterful vocal delivery - polished with his distinctive falsetto - and Ewald Jansen van Rensburg’s unmatched, global production style, MonArk craft songs rich in meaning and soul stirring hooks. Performing as a 4-piece band, MonArk deliver something completely fresh and unique, and are setting trends sonically and stirring up tastes in the South African music landscape. The band has dominated the South African airwaves with their singles; Smiling (5FM Top 3) Build It Up (5FM Top 5, #1 on JacarandaFM, 947/KFM, AlgoaFM, OFM) Something (947/KFM Top 10; OFM/JacarandaFM Top 5) You Make (Algoa Top 20, ECR TOP 40) Their debut album NEGATIVES, was released worldwide on 14 July 2014 and peaked at nr. 1 on the iTunes Album Chart on its release day. Their latest single, Hush, was released in May 2015. The band was formed when producer Ewald Jansen van Rensburg teamed up with friend and vocalist, Eugene Coetzer. For a couple of years they patiently developed and worked towards finding the specific sound they were after and once they had discovered it, they gathered together the musicians that were needed to grow and perform the music. The band officially formed in August 2012 intent on making popular, yet tastefully engineered music with a cinematic feel and a musical twist of . . .
The First PlayStation indoor Adventure Park and Café set opened its doors in Tokai Cape Town in May 2017. 11/04/2017 – The PlayStation Adventure Park and Café brand is set to revolutionize what we perceive as indoor play… The PlayStation is set to offer first of a kind activities under one roof in South Africa. The PlayStation is locally owned and operated by Co-Owners Jonathan and Chanette Goosen. Inside the 7500 square foot facility, The PlayStation is set to offer an environment for moms and dads to relax with a coffee and unwind, whilst the children explore our 5,5meter high slides, rope course, 7m high climbing wall or explore the first of its kinds custom built maize. The PlayStation welcomes Parents, toddlers and children aged 4-13 years old. Here are some of the fun and educational delights in our park: I. Active and Interaction Play. II. Kids Maize III. VR Lounge IV. Climbing activities. V. Dedicated FREE play area for toddlers 2 years and younger. VI. Themed areas to cater for imagination play and kids city. VII. Café with a healthy gourmet menu, Coffee, wide-screen TV’s and free Wi Fi. VIII. Relaxation area for adults in café. IX. Large group and private exclusivity venue hire. X. Two Large party rooms. XI. Themed parties (cake, party packs, balloons, decorations and lots more). On why Jonathan and Chanette decided to launch The PlayStation in South Africa: Jonathan and Chanette Goosen said “After starting a family and having two kids, we decided to look for a new business opportunity that would allow us to follow our passions in family entertainment Industry whilst including our kids and having fun with our kids at the same time. We understand very well the benefits of keeping both kids active and offering a facility where Adults can relax or have fun with their kids, and so the idea of offering a new indoor activity that could appeal to all ages 13 and under was the driving force behind starting The PlayStation Adventure Park . . .