Smile 90.4FM, Cape Town’s fastest growing radio station, has been nominated for two prestigious Liberty Radio Awards. We are honoured to be nominated in the Community Project category for the Smile Water Warriors Project. When the water crisis reached its most critical level in Cape Town in 2018, Smile 90.4FM Water Warriors united Capetonians like none other campaign had ever done. The Water Warriors was more than a campaign, it was a movement that galvanised Capetonians not only to save the most precious commodity – water – but also created a mindset shift in our behaviour! Thousands of people joined the public group on Facebook, taking the pledge to make every drop count. “As one of the youngest stations playing in the commercial space, I am delighted that we are able to take an active role and get acknowledgement for our efforts through achieving 2 nominations. The Smile 90.4fm family worked tirelessly and were 150% committed to making a difference to the water crisis through our Water Warriors Campaign. To receive this acknowledgement means a great deal to us all.” – Smile 90.4FM Managing Director, Lois O’Brien The Honest Truth with Benito Vergotine and Christine Wessels, received a second nomination in as many years nominated in the News and Actuality Show category. In an era of fake news and where ‘truth’ is debated, the Honest Truth aims to facilitate an honest and frank discussion that has the potential to keep our listeners accurately informed and entertained about the topical issues and trends of the day. “The honest Truth continues to challenge the norm and provide our listeners the opportuity to make informed decisions. It's fantastic to see the brilliant work done by Benito, Christine and the team is being appreciated by their peers and the industry.” – Smile 90.4FM Program Manager, Naveen Singh. Our broadcasting philosophy is based on the values of optimism and positivity hope. We fully embrace the mandate we have - to entertain and add . . .
World Kidney Day takes place on Sunday, March 14th and is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys. All across the globe, hundreds of healthy lifestyle events are due to take place to highlight this and why we need to live healthy lives to take care of them. Already, 850 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE are believed to suffer from various kidney diseases. Chronic kidney diseases (CKD) cause at least 2.4 million deaths per year and are now the sixth fastest growing cause of death globally. Acute kidney injury (AKI), an important driver of CKD, affects over 13 million people worldwide and 85% of these cases are found in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Around 1.7 people are estimated to die annually because of AKI. Moreover, CKD and AKI are important contributors to increased morbidity and mortality from other diseases and risk factors including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity as well as infections such as HIV, malaria, tuberculosis and hepatitis. Furthermore, CKD and AKI in children not only lead to substantial morbidity and mortality during childhood but also result in medical issues as our children grow into adulthood. This year, uShaka Marine World’s contribution to raising awareness will be hosting this year’s special on Saturday March 30th in partnership with health event organisers Mabliza, the SA Kidney Association and Durdoc Hospital’s Renal department. The walk is only 3km and will start at Arena 5 and end at Arena 1 at uShaka Marine World. Entrance to the walk is free. Other activities that will be taking place on the day will be blood pressure & glucose testing, kidney function screenings, a blood drive and a nutrition educational. So, join the movement, support World Kidney Day and take care of your heath. For more information, contact uShaka Marine World on 0313288000. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Celebrate a unique reggae revolution at uShaka Marine World’s restaurant, Wahooz on the Promenade on Saturday, April 6th from 10am – 8pm. Although reggae originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s, it also has its musical roots in New Orleans R&B and beyond. It relies on skittering guitar and syncopated rhythms and is probably most associated with Rasta legend Bob Marley and pop band UB40. However, it’s laid back vibe has been interpreted and reinterpreted over the decades. That makes it the very best musical genre to relax to on a hot summer day on the Golden Mile with an ice cold beverage or a cocktail in hand. The local muso’s who have made reggae their own and who’ll be jamming at the 2019 Rasta Rave include; Tuff Masters Family Band, The Meditators Reggae Band, Holy Fire Band, R@w, Luwe da Lion, Trinity, Roots of Kush, HottWaxx Family Selektors and more. Catch The Meditators – regulars at this popular uShaka Marine World promenade venue – is a six piece reggae band based in Durban. Founded by band leader and lead guitarist and vocalist, Shante Bekwa in 1991, the group also includes Dan Msomi on rhythm guitar and vocals, Bunny Nathi Mkhize on drums, Sfiso Mpanza on keyboard and backing vocals, Barret Hlela on bass guitar and Alberto Chemane on percussion. Roots of Kush is a Durban based contemporary reggae band featuring lead female bassist and lead vocalist Mpume while the unique Luwe da Lion is also a home-grown reggae talent. Trinity – aka Sebelo Clarence Langa - who hails from Hammarsdale, was fed a staple diet of reggae music by his father. This contributed to his distinctive blend of roots reggae with a touch of hip hop and dancehall. There are a limited number of tickets available at just R60 per person and can be bought at computicket. So book now and celebrate Wahooz Rasta style. For enquiries, contact uShaka Marine World on 031 328-8000 during office hours! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
In a boost for 80 Nelson Mandela Bay families, one of the Eastern Cape’s longest-standing companies has finalised an empowerment deal with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) – to the benefit of its 80-strong labour force which now ranks as a shareholder. Thanks to the restructuring deal, Rhino Manufacturing – formerly known as Rhino Plastics which was launched 50 years ago – is now a B-BBEE Level 2 company. Since the new deal was signed late last year, business has taken off, making strides in the plastics recycling and manufacturing sector while strengthening its lead in the supply of plastic products to the construction, agricultural and the packaging sector nationally and into Africa. Under the new business structure, the 80 employees at the North End plant – who each support, on average, five dependants – now own a collective 10% stake in Rhino Manufacturing, with acclaimed local entrepreneur Siyabulela Mandla coming on board with a 41% shareholding, and the remainder held by Rhino Plastics, headed by businessman Brian van Niekerk. Mandla, a strong advocate for the upliftment of previously disadvantaged communities, said of the deal: “We have a responsibility to shape and improve the living conditions of our communities, where unemployment and inequality are our biggest challenges. It always inspires me to see business used as a catalyst for change in this regard.” Thirty-seven-year-old Mandla is a former regional SAB Kickstart, Seda Stars Business Competition and National Gazelles SME programme winner. His successful ventures include 469 Carwash & Café, 469 Bar Lounge & Butchery, Patapata Lifestyle, and Kasi Craft Beverages in Motherwell and New Brighton. “Thanks to the new deal, we are now geared to expand the company’s footprint and look into new opportunities in the public sector and into Africa,” said Mandla. “We are also looking at diversifying our product range to include products such as plastic droppers and poles, . . .
ULT.X And A FULL PODIUM SWEEP IN BMX Sun City - It was another incredible BMX event last weekend, with ULT.X taking place at the Sun City Resort. Monster Energy's Pat Casey, Kevin Peraza, Ben Wallace, Alex Coleborn and Mike Varga were all in town and certainly hungry to win in this event, up against a huge line-up of riders from almost every continent. The super fun and tight setup at Sun City definitely pushed all the riders to think out of the box, with a lot of emphasis put on catching transition as smooth as possible, without putting in too much pedal exertion in between the ramps. Our boys made light work of it, resulting in a full Monster Energy podium sweep from Pat Casey, Bryce Tryon and Kevin Peraza. Mike Varga and Ben Wallace wasted no time kitting up to lock in some big lines on the park. Wallace, blasting his signature cranked lookbacks and downside whips, as well as some new Can-Can 360 variations, impressing spectators and competitors alike. Fresh off a 2nd Place finish at The Night Harvest in Cape Town, Varga braved the 35+ degree heat and put in some solid runs, packed with his magical bag of tricks, like stretched Superman whips and tons of crazy looking spins and under flip transfers, ending him just off the podium in a the 4th Place spot. "This was my first trip to South Africa and I absolutely loved it here,” said Varga. “Both contests I rode at had amazing vibes and you'll definitely see me coming back in the future!” The nicest guy with the biggest smile in BMX, always doing the wildest tricks with the biggest smile on his face, Kevin Peraza definitely brought the most original lines to the contest this year. From 270-downside whip drop-ins, nose-bonk combos for days. Not forgetting those crowd-pleasing Superman seat-grabs and 360 whips, to tables. Kevin is the man, and it was great to have him back in South Africa after missing the contest last year. “I’m humbled to end up on the podium next to Pat and Bryce,” said . . .
The World Happiness Report, which ranks countries by their happiness levels, placed South Africa at 104 out of 156 countries in 2018, and at 106 in 2019. While there are many factors contributing to a country’s happiness score, it is worth considering how corporate employers in South Africa can contribute to the happiness of our employees, and the communities in which we operate. For WSP in Africa, the focus has been on creating and sustaining a purposeful workplace for our people. As engineers and scientists, our work affects the communities in which we deliver projects by its very nature. Whether designing a bridge that enables communities to travel safely across a river, or a water management plan for an industrial operation to ensure its sustainability; our work affects African communities every day. This may seem like enough to ensure that people at WSP have a sense of purpose and meaning and are therefore happy. But we are not immune to the negative effects of stress, financial pressure, long hours, fatigue and many other factors that can lead to unhappiness in the workplace. The theme for the UN’s International Day of Happiness this year is ‘Happier together’ – a theme we find rather fitting at WSP. Creating a purposeful organisation, for us, means striving to help our people stay resilient under these pressures by creating a supportive community both in our daily work, and outside of it. Living up to our guiding principles is key to achieving this sense of belonging - and adding to our people’s overall happiness. Fostering collaboration A core value at WSP, enabling collaboration amongst our people is an important driver in creating happiness together. Our Professional Growth Network – PiGeoN – is one such initiative. PiGeoN provides our young professionals with a platform from which to share knowledge, network outside of their discipline streams, and learn from more senior engineers and scientists. Its success lies in its organic nature – . . .
Revelers attending this year’s Lusito Land Festival will be in for an amazing, edifying experience. The biggest cultural festival in South Africa promises to supersede all previous events, bringing bigger acts and more family-oriented entertainment. The festival is scheduled to take place on 20 April to the April 22, and then from the 26 April to April 28, 2019. It will include traditional Portuguese folk dancing, Portuguese community artists, dance schools and let’s not forget the amazing delectable cuisines. Music lovers will be enthralled at this year’s line-up with a wide-ranging genre of artists set to take center stage. Weekend one will feature: • Mi Casa • Mango Groove • Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels • Rubber DUC • Jo Black • Bobby van Jaarsveld This year we will also be offering a cutting edge 80’s rock show celebrating and paying tribute to the best alternative rock bands of the decade! The Hey Now, HEY NOW NOW band will take to the Lusito Land stage on XXX offering visitors a two- hour show of eighties alternative music, taking you back in time to your favourites. Children can enjoy a two-hour show that features South Africa’s top 10 wrestlers on an international standard wrestling ring. They can also be part of the fun by safely partaking in the sport, under the watchful eye of a ring master. An autograph session plus photos with the wrestlers will be available after the show. “The Lusito Land Festival goes beyond having the best musical acts or giving visitors an authentic taste of Portuguese food and culture. It is an event that aims to raise awareness about differently abled people and make these people more visible to society at large,” says Spokesperson for the Lusito Association, Noemia Contente. In true spirit of the cause there will be a fun 5km walk for the disabled, on Sunday, the 28th of April, starting at 8am, with an entry fee of R150, that also covers your entrance into the Festival. “We will also have a fun . . .
FNB Madibaz rugby captain Riaan Esterhuizen says the hard work they put in during their pre-season programme is paying dividends in the FNB Varsity Shield competition. The Nelson Mandela University side maintained their unbeaten run when they defeated Tshwane University of Technology 62-5 at the Madibaz Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Monday. It was their biggest win of the season and secured them a home semifinal with one match remaining in the league phase of the tournament. "I believe the hard work we put in during the build-up to the season is now beginning to pay off," said Esterhuizen. "We understand what we need to do in certain situations and we have been playing some decent rugby. "Our focus has been on trying to maintain the levels we set ourselves when we competed in the Varsity Cup." While satisfied with their overall efforts, Esterhuizen gave an indication of the standards they wanted to maintain when he said there were still too many mistakes in their win over TUT. "We struggled for most of the first half and made some silly mistakes," said the Madibaz centre. "After the break we managed to put our foot down and scored some good tries, but then we let things slip in the final 10 minutes which stopped our momentum." Despite their winning streak, he added that they would take nothing for granted. "The thing is, with the results we are getting it is natural to build our confidence. But the main thing is that there is still not a trophy on our table. "We know that whoever we play in the semifinals anything can happen in a once-off match like that and we will continue to keep working hard and to focus on the task ahead. "Any team can rock up on the day and put in a massive performance, which was shown last night (Monday) when Fort Hare beat Kwazulu-Natal." Esterhuizen said the win by Fort Hare came at a good time for Madibaz, as they play their final pool game against the Alice outfit on Monday. "It just goes to show . . .
On this Human Rights Day on 21 March 2019, the Adopt-a-School Foundation (AAS), a partner entity of Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation (CRF), draws attention to the rights of children to quality education. It is estimated that one fifth of children are orphaned and vulnerable, and at least 64.5% of children live in low-income households and are impacted on by the cycle of poverty. Children also experience food insecurity, struggle to access basic educational resources and services such as sanitation and water, and are exposed to high levels of violence. ~South African Human Rights Commission. While everyone has the right to basic education in South Africa, the fulfillment of this right is challenged by poor standards, factors of social and economic inequality, and exclusion. Through a holistic, inclusive model called Whole School Development, Adopt-a-School Foundation aims to ensure the rights of children through education and address the academic, infrastructural, social and security environments in adopted schools such that they are conducive to teaching and learning. AAS implements this inclusive model at 497 schools across the country. “As a result of this holistic approach we are able to meaningfully address the obstacles that stand in the way of quality education provision. Children’s needs and rights are critical to observe and and require great accountability,” said Steven Lebere, AAS Executive Director. “The prevalence of school-based violence and sexual abuse is also concerning. It impacts the vision of safe, fun learning spaces that schools are meant to be,”Lebere continued. In account of these circumstances, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation with the implementation support of Adopt-a-School has since September 2017 piloted the Thari Programme in Botshabelo in the Free State and in Diepsloot, Gauteng. The programme is aimed at providing psychosocial support services and safe spaces at schools for vulnerable children, youth and women. It empowers schools . . .
As a woman, who has had a life-long struggle to have a voice or freedom of choice to live what is called a normal life and also as a spiritualist, I find the topic of Human Rights Day very interesting. Since the 18th century we have gone through four industrial revolutions, the first revolution was steam powered factories, the second revolution was the use of science in mass production, third revolution was digitisation and computer and now we are passing through fourth revolution, the artificial intelligence and genome editing. Science and technology are advancing at an astronomical speed breaking through many solid laws of Newtonian physics and others, yet many are still struggling to accept the fact that we, as human’s, are all equal and all have the same rights. According to Professor Michio Kaku, a physicist and the co-founder of String Theory, soon enough our decedents will not only have biological perfection but also digital immortality, fusion power will be utilised, brain net will replace internet, brain chips can send and receive not only information but also memory and emotions which will have a great impact on the future of our health care industry. Alzheimer’s patients can receive and download lost memories and depressed patients can download positive empowering emotions that can help them live a better life and perhaps saving many from committing suicide. Perhaps we will be able to make planet Mars our second home and traveling to the moon for your honeymoon will be a norm. With all these great scientific and technological advancements one would imagine that we would have also moved beyond our social, cultural and religious prejudices and evolved into more unified loving and abundant societies. So whilst technology is moving forward; are we as human beings also moving forward? Are we evolving beyond our restrictive believes, cultural, social, religious, structures and limitations? Will there be any revolution for human consciousness? Or we . . .