What started as a fun adventure while studying in Australia as an exchange student has grown into a career for newly-appointed Algoa FM programme manager Mio Khondleka. His break into radio came when he qualified with a broadcasting certificate from the Melton FM Radio Academy while attending school at Mowbray College in the city of Melton. The city is around 35 kilometres from Melbourne, Australia. Khondleka then became one of the youngest presenters on the daytime line-up at Melton FM, a community radio station which serves the greater area of Melton in Victoria. The radio and entertainment bug had bitten, and when he returned to South Africa, Mio worked as a musician, voice-over artist and club rugby player. In 2003, while studying at what is now the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, he joined the campus radio station CBFM as a presenter. He was part of the team which took the station off campus, to become the Bay FM community station, where Khondleka was programmes manager. He then moved to Kaya FM in Gauteng as music manager. The station recorded significant audience growth after Khondleka was tasked to re-packaged the music mix. Khondleka and Queenie Grootboom (his wife and on-air soul mate) also hosted mid-mornings at Kaya FM, and built up a large listenership before accepting an offer to join M-Power FM as the breakfast team. A decision by the power radio couple to return to their home town coincided with the restructuring of Algoa FM. This created an opening for a programme manager – and incumbent Alfie Jay is more than happy to hand over the reins to Khondleka. “I first met Mio at a record company function in Port Elizabeth and have been watching his career progress since then. “While consulting to M-Power FM, I recruited Mio and Queenie to present the breakfast show and worked with them in Mpumalanga. Mio has comfortably kept the pace in senior positions both on and off air in the high pressure environment of commercial . . .
The Fish River Sun is offering a winter special for families wanting to take a winter break. Two adults and two children under 12 can stay in a King Leisure Room with dinner, bed and breakfast for R1 450 a night, with a minimum of two nights. “There is so much for the children to do at the Fish that we feel it would be a waste to spend just one night,” says Fish River Sun administration manager, Karen Lee. Children and their parents can relax and swim in the heated pool, go on nature walks, spend time at the beach, play adventure golf – or just relax. From June 22 to July 15 young guests will be allowed to use the PlayStation games, table tennis tables and other activities free. For those wanting something different, twin rooms are available at R700 a night, King Leisure self-catering R975 a night, and a full self-catering unit at R1 675 a day. Children aged between three and 12 are also encouraged to join in the fun at Kamp Kwena, which is open daily. “We want parents also to have time to themselves, so we will keep the youngsters entertained between six and 10 in the evenings at Kamp Kwena as well. That gives adults time to enjoy a leisurely dinner,” says Lee. Residents also qualify for golf and health spa discounts. A round of golf costs R85 mid-week, and R100 on week-ends for residents, while the Body and Skin Clinic is offering a 20 per cent discount on all facials, which include a free eyebrow shape and tint. Contact: Fish River Sun Resort: Karen Lee: 040 6761101 Siyathetha: Maureen Dalzell: 041 582 3750 More Info: Author: Ed Richardson from Siyathetha Communications . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None To gain access to None image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Photographer: Photographer: Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
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The Constitutional Court today confirmed that organisers of public gatherings can lawfully be held liable for damages caused by demonstrators. Johan Botes, Director in the Employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr business law firm explains that the Court dismissed an appeal by the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) against an earlier finding by the Supreme Court of Appeal that similarly confirmed that they may be held liable for damage caused by protestors. “Numerous small business owners and also vehicle owners initiated proceedings to hold SATAWU liable for damage caused by demonstrators following a march arranged by SATAWU to protest various employment issues pertinent to the security industry. Flower and handbag stalls along the way of the march were looted or damaged with various private vehicles ending on the receiving end of angry protestors’ frustrations,” he says. “SATAWU’s liability for these damages arise from section 11(1) of the Regulation of Gatherings Act (RAGA). This section creates liability for every participant in the gathering, every organisation on behalf of or under the auspices of which that gathering was held, or, if not so held, the convener, for riot damage caused. The RAGA creates a statutory defence (section 11(2)) against such liability where a party can show that he or it took all reasonable steps within his or its power to prevent the act or omission in question,” Botes explains. The questions before the Constitutional Court centred around (1) the interpretation of Section 11(2) – does it create a defence – and (2) if so, whether the defence limits the right to freedom of assembly in Section 17 of the Constitution and whether this limitation is reasonable. “The Court confirmed in a majority judgment that the defence against liability provided in section 11(2) of RAGA is viable. It held further that the limitation of the right to freedom of assembly is reasonable. The Court stated that the . . .
Live at The Boardwalk Vodacom Amphitheatre, Mike Mc Cullagh will be living out his dream to produce a TV show – well, trying to at least. With help from his nine man cast, that 80’s show will be rocking to sensational songs from well-known artists like Starship, George Michael, U2, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Queen, Stevie Wonder and many more. Not forgetting about the audience, Mike will be pulling people up on stage to participate in various situations, leaving the on-stage guests in hilarious situations, and the rest of the audience laughing their funny bones off. For a night which will leave you dancing in the aisles and singing along to the best of the 80’s go to Computicket to book your seat for only R75.00. That 80’s Show will be staged on June 21 and June 23 from 19h30. Ends. Media Release for the Boardwalk Contact: Caley Phillips Public Relations and Entertainment Manager The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World Tel: +27 41 507 7944 Fax: +27 41 507 7830 Mobile: +27 72 455 6287 Email: email@example.com Ed Richardson: 041 5823750 or 083 656 9757 More Info: Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Mike Mc Cullagh Photographer: Photographer: Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
Funny puppets take to the stage in Nelson Mandela Bay for the first time this month. Puppeteer Conrad Koch will be introducing comedy fans in The Boardwalk to what he calls “these extremely odd characters”. His alter-egos include Mr. Chester Missing (his 51% BEE partner), Ronnie (The precocious monster), and Hilary (A bad attitude ostrich). Sharing the stage on Friday, June 22 is Martin Davis, who encourages and goads his audience into heckling him, and so becoming part of the act. Davis takes no prisoners, and in the process members of the audience learn to laugh at themselves, as well as each other. And, for lighter relief, Martin has his audience on their feet as he conducts the crowd to his crazy, highly energetic and slightly manic tunes. These two can be found at the Boardwalks new Action bar, June 22, from eight thirty in the evening till late. If you want to tickle your funny bones, get down to The Boardwalk’s Action Bar for a show suited for all over eighteens. Ends. Media Release for the Boardwalk Contact: Caley Phillips Public Relations and Entertainment Manager The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World Tel: +27 41 507 7944 Fax: +27 41 507 7830 Mobile: +27 72 455 6287 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ed Richardson: 041 5823750 or 083 656 9757 More Info: Author: Siyathetha Communications from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: FAILED%20(Temporary%20file%20could%20not%20be%20copied.) Martin Davis Photographer: Conrad Photographer: Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
The University of Johannesburg confirmed its position as one of the most important feeder institutions for Olympic talent when the national squad for London was announced last week. Of the 112 athletes selected, student hockey stars Pietie Coetzee and Bernadette Coston lead a strong UJ contingent that also comprises 13 alumni and club members across four sporting codes. Coetzee – who increased her world record goal tally to 241 in the bronze medal match against Germany at this past weekend’s Investec London Cup – and Coston are joined by Beijing Olympians Lisa-Marie Deetlefs and Marsha Marescia in the women’s hockey team. Men’s hockey players Thornton McDade and Erasmus Pieterse, who both represented South Africa four years ago, have again received the nod alongside debutant Lance Louw. Amanda Dlamini, who captains Banyana Banyana, will enjoy the company of Kylie-Ann Louw, Noko Matlou and Marry Ntsweng. Also on the list are athletes Irvette van Blerk and René Kalmer, both of whom will be making their marathon debut. Rounding out the UJ-affiliated athletes in the South African team are rowers Naydene Smith and Lawrence Ndlovu, who are participating in the women’s coxless pairs and men’s lightweight fours respectively. Micheen Thornycroft will represent Zimbabwe on the water. UJ staffer Anton van Rooyen will accompany the men’s hockey team as manager while 2008 Olympian Adrian Carolan is the video analyst for the women’s side. According to director of sport Sanpat Coetzee the university had already equalled its 2008 tally of 18 individuals and was looking forward to the announcement of the Paralympic team where five athletes had met the qualifying criteria. “The fact that students, alumni, club members and staff are represented proves that UJ Sport develops athletes and student-athletes for South African sport.” Coetzee said the institution was proud of its contribution at a national level. “Professor Cora Burnett’s research, done . . .
[Wednesday, 13 June 2012] This Youth Day the first ever Joburg Tweetup takes place in Soweto. The event hosted by Internet evangelist, Ramon Thomas, takes place on Saturday, June 16 at the renowned Wandies Place starting 1pm. We invite you to join this special occasion, raising awareness of the extraordinary power of social media among to youth of South Africa’s largest township. Haroun Kola Tweetup Speaker"As Twitter drives social change and social networks become mainstream, the youth have a critical role to play driving the communication channels of tomorrow. The 160 character limitation of Twitter is an ideal medium for kids brought up on a diet of SMS-lingo," says Haroun Kola, one of the speakers at the #YouthDayTweetup. Joburg Tweetups have grown to over 400 members since launching in 2009. Many of the members are among the most influential or Twitterati like Melanie Minnaar, the founder of Twitter Blanket Drive and Bruce Mubayiwa, the LinkedIn Coach, both speaking at the #YouthDayTweetup. "Tweetups are social meet-ups where we get together and chat about Twitter and how we use in our daily lives," asserts Ramon Thomas, the new organiser of Joburg Tweetups. "The key to networking is meeting people and establishing trust, honesty and respect. Tweetups are the perfect platform for formal networking and informal networking." To grow Tweetups we add value to Twitter users by providing a safe and fun environment for them to meet, chat, laugh and network. As we launch the #YouthDayTweetup in Soweto, we acknowledge the revolution that broke the camel’s back, took place exactly 30 years before Twitter launched in 1976. Twitter made headlines over the last two years as the main ingredient in the Arab Spring uprisings across the Middle East. SPEAKERS LINE-UP: After lunch starting 2pm three speakers will address the #YouthDayTweetup discussing how they use Twitter in their personal and professional lives. * Bruce Mubayiwa: a top LinkedIn Coach is proud . . .
Rising hockey stars will have a final chance to impress national selectors ahead of September’s Junior World Cup qualifier when they meet at the national student hockey champs at the University of Johannesburg next month. The University Sport South Africa (USSA) championships will see teams from 19 tertiary institutions, as well as a Namibian invitational side, compete for honours in the two premier divisions from July 1 to 7. The A-section sides will do battle on the UJ Astroturf while the B-section teams lock horns at the Kaspersky Randburg Astro. UJ Hockey manager Elize le Roux said the university was looking forward to hosting one of the sport’s biggest annual events. “It’s always an honour. It provides a great platform on which students can come and compete.” She said it was one of the final opportunities for players to get noticed before the qualifying tournament for the world cup, which takes place in India in February, 2013. Le Roux said avid supporters could expect to see top-class hockey with the likes of national U/21 women’s team members Nika Nel, Jenna du Preez and Kaila Flemming turning out for the home side. She said players like UJ striker Lloyd Nicholson and link Gerald Mpopo would be contenders to earn a spot in the junior mens’ team following the USSA tournament. According to Le Roux, the university had a strong hockey tradition and was hoping for another podium finish. Last year, the men’s side finished runners-up while the women placed third. The latter will however be without the services of the world’s leading goal-scorer Pietie Coetzee and Bernadette Coston who are part of the senior national team for the London Olympic Games in August. Former UJ hockey stars Marsha Marescia, Lisa-Marie Deetlefs, Lance Louw, Erasmus Pieterse and Thornton McDade have also been included in the Olympic squad, which was announced last week. University staff member Anton van Rooyen will accompany the men’s team as manager, while . . .
The Vodacom Funny Festival which runs at the Baxter Theatre from 11 June to 8 July presents a selection of award-winning acts of the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, together with best of local comics and a number of newcomers. The bill includes a host of international comedians, some new names and numerous local stalwarts of the industry. The Festival, now in its eighth year has run at capacity since inception. Some 20 000 comedy lovers are expected to fill the 30 performances. The Funny Festival has developed its own brand of comedy which is strong in specialty acts with a difference. The foreign contingent is headed by Londoner Kev Orkian, whose memorable performances at last year’s Funny Festival, have resulted in a recall. Kev was voted “Best Musical Comedian” at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has since been in huge demand all over the world. He returns with a new show. Mombasa born and UK raised comic Imran Yusuf, who was awarded “Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival” joins the cast. Imran’s multi-cultural background makes him an interesting comedian with a large fan base. His appearances on the Michael McIntyre Show and hard work ethic have landed him his own BBC TV show. Imran is destined to be a hit at the Festival. The Boy with Tape on his Face hails from Christchurch New Zealand, but his international acclaim and performance on the Royal Variety Show 2011 has made an international celebrity performer. He is the popular face of the Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney Comedy Festivals and the recipient of numerous international awards. Japanese comedians, Gamarjobat join the cast. The duo are winners of many awards at Festivals in Asia and Europe, the “kings of silent comedy” are so unique they are difficult to describe. They present a physical comedy master-class which develops into a perfectly choreographed feast of visual jokes. UK speed painter Jon Hicks has a unique act which thrills variety shows the world over. To say . . .