The season’s hottest winter festival is set to take over the shores of KwaDukuza from 27 June to 7 July as the world-famous Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill gets underway. And for 2019, the world’s longest continuously running professional surfing event has revealed that renowned American sports’ commentator, sportsman and musician, Sal Masekela - son of legendary Jazz musician, Hugh Masekela - will be this year’s event ambassador. “KwaDukuza Municipality is excited to welcome visitors to our region to enjoy the internationally renowned Ballito Pro,” said the Event Co-ordinator, Collette Bundy. “We are particularly delighted to have Sal Masekela feature so prominently at this year’s festival. This event is a chance for people to experience an outdoor African adventure that surpasses surfing and entertainment. The dedication to environmental sustainability and immersion of the sport into rural communities is proving to be a catalyst for nation building – both for South African people and this beautiful country.” She said that, for the 51st Ballito Pro, festival-goers will get to experience this fun-loving, free-spirited coastal lifestyle through a range of exciting beachside activities. “We are thrilled to have O’Neill on board as the new presenting sponsor for what is going to be the ultimate African festival!” Paul Canning, O’Neill South Africa Brand Director, said: “O’Neill is very proud to be coming on board as the presenting sponsor for the Ballito Pro. The event has such an amazing history in South African surfing and has been an instrumental platform in getting our local professional surfers onto the world surfing stage for over five decades. We look forward to building a long relationship with the KwaDukuza Municipality and presenting another world class surfing festival.” The Ballito Pro Festival Programme Alongside the intensive international surfing action taking place on KwaDukuza’s coastline is the full festival programme. Here is a . . .
Springdale, AR, May 17, 2019 -- “What Happened Was….” a new album from six-time Dove Award-winning artist KJ-52 x Poetics is being released today. The eight-song Christian hip hop/rap project from the artist and producer team is available on iTunes, Spotify and all other digital formats. The eight-song collaboration, produced by Poetics, features appearances by Xay Hill, Dre Murray, V. Rose and others. The album is a companion piece to a book of the same name that will be released soon. A radio single is set to follow the album release. “Over the 20 years of doing music full time, I’ve accumulated a lot of unique experiences,” KJ-52 says. “My hope and desire with my new book and new album is to share a conversation with you, the audience, about some of my greatest triumphs, joys and failures. ‘What Happened Was…’ is a compilation of true stories from my childhood, music, songs, touring and more. And each story comes with its own soundtrack to help you experience exactly what I was feeling when I was going through that moment.” KJ-52, who is based in Cape Coral, Florida, is a Guinness world record holder in freestyling and has garnered 6 Dove Award wins to-date, including taking home honors for song of the year for “Do Yo Thang” and “Never Look Away” and multiple album of the year wins for “Five-Two Television,” “KJ-52 Remixed,” and “It’s Pronounced Five Two.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Debt review is a process you can apply for to a debt counsellor if you have too much debt and are struggling to repay your debt. If your application for debt review is accepted, a debt counsellor will negotiate a payment plan with your creditors. This means that you can pay less each month, but for a longer time. Debt counsellors may also negotiate lower interest rates for your debt. The lower payments mean you can pay off your debt and still pay your monthly living expenses such as food and transport. Debt review can really help you if you are in too much debt. At the end of the process, not only will you have paid your debts, you will also have a clear credit record. Debt review is subject to certain rules and regulations. These are set out in the National Credit Act. We’ve simplified these into 10 important points, so that you know what your rights and responsibilities are if you are under debt review. 1. Check that your debt counsellor is registered with the National Credit Regulator. Ask them for their registration certificate or check the Regulator’s website. 2. Tell the debt counsellor all the details of your debt including how much it is, how much you have repaid and what the interest rate is. Send your statements to your debt counsellor. 3. Tell the debt counsellor details of your income and expenses. The purpose of debt review is to give you an affordable debt repayment plan. So, your debt counsellor needs to know how much you need to live on and how much you can afford to repay your debts each month. 4. Your debt counsellor will review your application, assess your debt and apply for approval for debt review from the Magistrate’s court. If your application is rejected, you can ask to see the reasons why it was rejected. 5. Make sure you know and understand your payment plan – how much you must pay, when and for how long. Your debt counsellor will draw this up and must explain it to you. Ask if there is anything you don’t understand or need a . . .
Double Joy with MOREIRA CHONGUIÇA in Cape Town on Saturday 25 May -(Africa Day) A Master class and a Performance Multi-award-winning MOREIRA CHONGUIÇA is a celebrated jazz musician born and currently based in Mozambique. He is a saxophonist, ethnomusicologist, producer, composer, and marketing conceptualist. Moreira attended the University of Cape Town to further his music studies, graduating from the South African College of Music with a degree in jazz performance. He also holds an honors degree in Ethnomusicology (cum laude). Earlier this year Moreira was presented with the Medal of Merit: Arts and Letters from the Governor of City of Maputo on behalf of the Mozambican Government for his contribution to this field in Mozambique. Moreira was also invited by UNESCO to attend the International Jazz Day celebrations in Addis Ababa including performing with Dr Mulatu Astatke and the opening of the conference on World Press Freedom Day at the African Union Headquarters. Now on Saturday 25th May at the Radisson Red Hotel situated at the V &A Waterfront Moreira will present a master class in Conjunction with Music Exchange and the Western Cape Government Arts and Culture Department on the “How to understand your leverage and Branding as an artist -Starts at 10.30 am till 12 noon –tickets from Quicket or the door Then latter that evening at 8.30pm at the Norval Foundation situated at 4 Steenberg Road Tokai Moreira will have his show. Moreira has seven award-winning, globally informed and celebrated albums – he is blazing a trail from his east-African roots to the world. Exposed to and inspired by the likes of Miles Davis, Fela Kuti, Percy Sledge and Manu Dibango, Moreira’s energetic contemporary rhythmic compositions have garnered applause across all six continents. His unique sound, technical agility and ingenuity on the alto and soprano saxophone, coupled with passionate stage performance captivate audiences universally. Moreira’s band . . .
The public are now well aware that the recent 8th May national election received the lowest voter turnout since South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, with only a 66% turnout. Citizen Surveys, the leading South African marketing and social research consultancy specialising in national research studies, had estimated the lowest voter turnout scenario at 63%. This release unpacks and answers the below three important questions demanding answers following the poor voter turnout: How legitimate is the South African democracy if so many people did not vote? Do the voting age population (aged 18 and older) believe that political parties will keep the promises made during election campaigning? What role did unmotivated youth play in this low voter turnout? How legitimate is the South African democracy if so many people did not cast their ballots? The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) reported the voting age population at 35.9-million adults. The 2018 mid-year population estimates from StatsSA, however, estimate that there are about 37.8-million adult South Africans (aged 18 and older). Of this, approximately four in ten live in townships and three in ten live in the rural areas. Reza Omar, Strategic Research Director at Citizen Surveys, says, “Just under 17.7-million votes were cast in the election, indicating that an approximate 18.2-million South African adults abstained from the election altogether. Of these adults, just over 9.1-million didn’t register to vote and just over 9.1-million of the registered voters did not turn up at the polls. In short, only about half of adults voted in the election. I believe this level of abstention brings the legitimacy of our democracy into question.” The election results indicate that: The ANC garnered just over 10-million votes. This represents 28% of the adult population of South Africa. The DA garnered just over 3.6-million votes. This represents 10% of the adult . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 15 May 2019 …Are you dreaming about that ideal getaway while enjoying a beautiful sunset with a silhouette of wildlife in the distance…? At Mall of the South, your dream can become a reality with Dream Hotels & Resorts and Finfoot Lake Reserve. Experience a luxurious family getaway by spending R300.00 or more at any Mall of the South store and stand a chance to win a seven-night stay in a luxury self-catering Safari Tent at Finfoot Lake Reserve for four adults and two children, valued at R34, 160. 00. Terms and conditions apply. All you have to do is simply complete an entry form (available in-stores and on the website), attach your till slip to the entry and pop it into the entry boxes, which are conveniently located throughout the mall. Besides providing plenty opportunity to relax, Finfoot Lake Reserve offers a variety of activities that suit all levels of fitness and enthusiasm. The onsite activities includes: game viewing/wildlife, bush walks, bird watching, fishing, barge cruises, segway safaris, canoeing and clay shooting. Entries close on the 31st of May 2019, so enter today to explore the Greater Pilanesberg. 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. . . .
onebillion announced as winner in $15 million Global Learning XPrize competition 2019 17 May 2019 – iSchoolAfrica, an education initiative that reaches schools across South Africa in rural and township settings, is the official implementation partner of onebillion in South Africa. onebillion’s international team of experts have built educational software for children in and out of school, and together with VSO and partner organisations around the globe, the organisation works to bring this software directly into the hands of the child. This year, at the annual Global Learning XPRIZE awards, the $15 million competition winners were announced last night in Los Angeles. onebillion in the UK, and Kitkit School in South Korea, were recognised for developing effective, scalable learning software for children around the world. The $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE challenges teams from around the world to develop open-source, scalable software that will enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic within 15 months. The Global Learning XPRIZE seeks to provide universal access to quality learning through open and accessible data, localizable software, durable and available hardware and successful delivery to any context. The iSchoolAfrica programme brings this the award-winning global learning software to under-resourced rural and township schools across the country. In fact, not only has the onebillion Numeracy software helped children in the iSchoolAfrica programme cement basic Numeracy concepts, but most of all, these learners have started to love Maths, while their English vocabulary has also increased, and school absenteeism has decreased. Anousheh Ansari, CEO of XPRIZE commented, “Learning how to read, write and demonstrate basic math are essential building blocks for those who want to live free from poverty and its limitations, and we believe that this competition clearly demonstrated the accelerated . . .
Centurion, May 17 2019: South African producer and actor, Mari Molefe van Heerden, co-founded the Kleinkaap Short Film Festival with Reine Swart in 2016. Molefe is best known for her work on Binnelanders, 7de Laan and Villa Rosa. Swart is best known for her work on Syfy’s Z Nation and the horror, The Lullaby. Their passion for independent filmmakers are substantial and they will continue to give praise to deserved films. Both these ladies have been in the film industry for more than 10 years. Knowing the ups and downs that it entails and how important it is to support your fellow filmmakers. Molefe and Swart teamed up with British producer and actor, Coco Lloyd to produce the feature film, Heks (AKA Her Mask). Lloyd is best known for Footballers Wives and the X Factor in the UK. These three women brought well known producer and director, Andre Velts, onboard to share his excellent expertise. Velts has been involved with some of the biggest Afrikaans films such as Knysna and Jou Romeo. The cast onboard includes incredible talents such as Christopher Jafhta, Hungani Ndlovu, Stephanie Sandows, Mary-Anne Barlow with Coco Lloyd and Mari Molefe van Heerden in the principal roles. The young Director of Photography, Marius de Nysshen, did a brilliant job and has a very promising future. Heks is surprisingly enough not an Afrikaans film, but an English film. As Heks sounds like “Hex” in English, the producers decided to keep the name proudly South African and there are a few Afrikaans lines in the film. Swart was the director of Heks and it was her feature directorial debut. She has directed film festival short films such as Trypophobia, Skoonma and Eiko in Portland. Heks according to the producers can be a witch or a curse and it is up to the audience to decided what it means. This local horror with an international lead was solely filmed in Centurion at Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel. Nestled between Pretoria and Johannesburg. Producing a film . . .
FuseForward, a provider of cloud and analytic solutions, demonstrated the benefits real-time analytics can deliver to African utilities during the African Utility Week conference and exhibition. Held from 14-16 May in Cape Town, South Africa, African Utility Week is the leading conference for African power, energy and water professionals. FuseForward’s Founder and CEO, Mark Damm, was excited about the opportunity to provide analytic solutions that shed light on the challenges faced by utilities in Sub-Saharan Africa. “Utilities in Africa face a range of issues, many of which affect their ability to meet basic demands for water and electricity,” says Mark. “We know that the availability of reliable and complete data is critical in order for utilities to find solutions to their challenges. Data from IoT devices and smart meters can help, but developing the technology required to ingest, store and make sense of this information is a barrier for many resource-strapped utilities.” FuseForward’s cloud platform provides a secure, reliable way for utilities to store, aggregate and analyze data from their IoT and smart devices, delivering the comprehensive performance information utilities need within a single interface. Example utility challenges that FuseForward can address include: • Demand management: Data from devices and external sources can be used to predict peak electricity or water usage times, enabling better management of resources. • Preventative maintenance: Deteriorating infrastructure can often be the cause of outages in Sub-Saharan Africa. By analyzing sensor data from equipment and infrastructure, utilities can obtain real-time maintenance alerts, preventing outages before they occur. With the event closing today, Mark is optimistic about the future of the industry, and the role FuseForward can play. “We’ve had a chance to hear first-hand about the challenges facing utilities and are looking forward to the opportunity to help solve . . .
CANVEX customised wall canvas transforms interior walls into branding statements, billboards, huge artworks or creative backdrops. Already a firm favourite for designers, CANVEX is ideal for your office, hotels, retail stores, restaurants and homes. Transform any design or image into wall fabric that won’t shrink or move with weather change. Quick and easy to install, CANVEX by Expand a Sign is robust, long-lasting, and made from non-toxic ink and recyclable materials and locally produced. No weathering, no waste, just intensive colour and detail wherever you want it, whenever you need it. It is available in a width of 1.8m and can be as long as your space requires. It can also be relocated if you move. Bridget Ward of Accelerated Education Enterprises says, “The Canvex murals have added an innovative solution to our in office branding. We really like the fact that the product can be custom sized, enabling us to brand wall to floor in any area.” If you’re ready create your own canvas wallpaper for corporate or residential use, visit www.canvex.co.za or call 0860 744 688. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .