TOPS at SPAR Bierfest Announces More Fest Klaus Entertainment for the 2016 Tour It’s no coincidence that in the world of beer, good things come in sixes. It’s why we have the six-pack and why the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest celebrates its sixth year in existence as SA’s favourite proudly national annual touring festival of Bavarian bier culture! With a refreshed festival layout and a richly expanded entertainment programme, TOPS at SPAR Bierfest 2016 invites you to get in touch with your inner Germaniac, lug on the lederhosen, dust off the dirndls and get ready to party with added oompah at the Newlands Brewery, Village Green, from the 4 - 6 November. Since inception in 2010, the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest has delivered South Africans a taste of the Munich Oktoberfest right to their doorsteps. The country’s biggest annual, national touring festival of Bavarian bier culture revels in all that is good about bier, bratwursts, pretzels, frauleins and of course – the music they call “oompah!” “In 2016, as we mark our sixth year of being SA’s favourite bierfest, we thought it was time to shake things up!” comments Bierfest owner, Andrew Douglas. “We are revising the layout of our big beautiful brauhaus to give patrons a more natural flow from the outside areas which lends itself to a revamp of the live music aspect of the event.” While the traditional oompah music remains a staple, giving the authentic Oktoberfest vibe, an exciting development will see the inclusion of South Africa’s most-loved mock rock mash-up band – The Rockerfellas! Utilising the concept of the musical “mash-up” made famous by DJs and dance music producers, this five-piece band of merry musicians seamlessly blends the biggest hits of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s till now into a musical medley of mirth that no one can help but dance to! But it’s not just live music that bier lovers can look forward to at the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest, the Brauhaus hours are filled with opportunities for audience participation where . . .
While some health conditions can strike out of the blue, there are some health problems that tend to arise as a result of ‘wear and tear’. The presence of such conditions has a distinct correlation with age, and it is therefore wise to factor in age when making a decision on which medical scheme benefit option will best meet your needs, particularly for such predictable risks, in the foreseeable future. “There are so many health events that we cannot predict, but certain conditions are definitely more prevalent in particular age groups. For example, data from our membership indicates that the average age for claims on orthopaedic surgery on hips, knees and spinal procedures is 51 to 52 years old,” explains principal officer of Resolution Health Medical Scheme, Mark Arnold. “It is relatively common for people in their 50s to require such orthopaedic procedures. Similarly, the average age for cardiovascular surgery is 63. Some people may never require these types of procedures, and in some exceptional cases the need may arise at a younger age. In the main, however, it is pragmatic to align your healthcare cover to the common healthcare needs associated with your age group.” Arnold says it is also worthwhile considering the hereditary health ailments members of your biological family have experienced, as these can also provide some indication of the kind of health events that might affect you. “If you know that your great-grandfather, grandfather, and father all experienced shoulder problems in later life, for example, it would make logical sense to ensure that your benefit option will cover rotator cuff surgery with the surgeon and at the healthcare facility of your choice,” he notes. “Some medical schemes have agreements with certain healthcare provider networks, which require that members, or members on a particular benefit option, have planned procedures in a network hospital. People often overlook this when choosing their benefit option, but when faced . . .
Cape Town, 30 September 2016: It’s hard to face our own mortality, especially the effect it will have on those we leave behind. Not only because of the emotional void, but also the financial burdens. Local experts place the costs of a funeral between R8 000 and R40 000. Just the thought of leaving our loved ones with crippling bills is stressful and frightening. As a responsible adult you need to consider funeral cover or a funeral plan, but which one? There a hundreds, maybe thousands, of funeral policies to review and they vary wildly; Providers, monthly installment costs, clauses on health, and so on. There is a service that can help you sort through this mountain of choice and select the comprehensive quotes that suits your needs, so you don’t need to worry about what happens later - FuneralBee.The service is FREE and has already provided over 30 000 South Africans with quotes. Simply visit http://funeralbee.co.za, fill in a few personal details on the website, follow the instructions, and once you’re done, you’ll instantly receive a number of different quotes to review from different policy providers. Saving you time, energy and anxiety. FuneralBee helps you choose the best afterlife (never hash tag) – easy. If you act now there’s an added bonus: FuneralBee is giving away R25 000 in cash for you to spend now, later, or on your beautiful family in the future. Simply tell us what you’d do with the money and a panel of judges will select the best answer. To enter the FuneralBee competition simply visit http://funeralbee.co.za/competitionSo what you waiting for? Let FuneralBee make the, unpleasant planning easy, then get it out of the way so you can continue to enjoy your life to the max! #BestLife YouTube: https://youtu.be/iNvW03dPzWU CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
If you think that dagga is a dangerous narcotic, then you have been duped through propaganda. Dagga is as traditional to SA as biltong, boerebeskuit and witblits. It fascinated JV Riebeeck and missionaries extolled its virtues. It grows like a weed, is medicinal in its natural form with a lower potential for harm to self and society than sugar. Supported by science (endocannabinoid system), legal in 24 USA states with 200 million US citizens having access to it as medicine (endocannabinoid system) + populations of 11 other countries. Deaths from opioid overdoses has also dropped by up to 25% in states with legal dagga. The current 'war on drugs' is a broken system. It's a war on people and does little to protect anyone from substance abuse. It's the same mentality that was used to justify enforcing the mixed marriages act, where the offender is also the victim. A perverse incentive to put people into prison. From physical prison to social prison with a subsequent criminal record. You will find plenty of peer reviewed studies, medical professionals (Joycelyn Elders, Andrew Weil, Lester Grinspoon, Deborah Malka, Sanjay Gupta, Abrams, Suzanne Sisley, Denis Petro, Ethan Russo, Uma Dhanabalan, Jeffrey Block, Bonni Goldstein, Juan Sanchez-Ramos..) who support dagga as a therapeutic plant. In SA, the Bobby Greenhash foundation PTY is supplying dagga oil to people suffering with terminal diseases. Their testimonials to the healing power of dagga is worth a read. The SA central drug authority (CDA) has also called for the decriminalization of dagga and a recent study they commissioned, concluded that dagga kills cervical cancer. Vilifying dagga and then using that stance to 'protect our children' is pointless. Rather fact based solutions (science) focusing on harm reduction through healthcare and education, as recommended by the SA substance abuse experts, S Kelley and Quintin Van Kerken. Better that control of dagga is removed from the streets and regulated . . .
“East Africa is expected to deliver the strongest real GDP growth in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next decade, according to BMI Research,” says Wayne Troughton, CEO of specialist global hospitality and tourism consultancy, HTI Consulting, who have recently undertaken extensive market and feasibility studies, due diligence, finance raising and hotel operator selection assignments in several EAC countries. Greater integration, reduction of trade barriers and improved infrastructural links are expected to be the region’s key economic drivers, with the introduction of an EAC passport (proposed for January 2017) expected to facilitate trade, growth and freer movement of people. EAC countries have also implemented key projects to raise annual tourism earnings to $16 billion from $7 billion by 2020. “This indicates a positive outlook for the hospitality and tourism sector in the region, with a number of new projects and international brand entrants lined-up for the coming years,” explains Troughton. “If international companies are successful in exploiting the region’s wealth of natural resources, including oil in Kenya and Uganda and gas in Tanzania, it will also serve as a significant economic boost to these countries,” he continues. “Such resource development will compliment the diverse economic base of EAC members and will not place reliance on single commodities. This will have a significant role to play in reducing investment risk and boosting East African tourism and hotel industries,” says Troughton. Dar es Salaam In Dar es Salaam, room supply has increased consistently over the past 15 years and is currently sitting at around 2 400 rooms. Peaks occurred in 2009 when the Holiday Inn and Hilton Double Tree entered the market, as well as in 2015 when supply grew by 26%. Comments Troughton, “Brand penetration is strong with Hyatt, Best Western, Protea by Marriot, Southern Sun, Serena, Ramada and Golden Tulip also represented in the market. New hotel . . .
The government entity tasked with employment growth and productivity improvement, Productivity SA, has suspended its Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The suspension follows alleged irregularities pertaining to the management of funds provided by the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) for employment growth. Since 2010, the UIF has provided Productivity SA with funding to the tune of R188 171 000.00. In terms of the agreement between the UIF and Productivity SA, the monies are availed on the proviso that the funds will be utilized to support companies in economic distress (financial and operational). The support offered to companies by Productivity SA is multi-pronged and includes implementation of productivity improvement programmes within the companies. The ultimate aim of the support is to turn around the companies, thereby ensuring sustainability within South African enterprises. However, it has emerged that a figure of about R36 million (pending investigation) has since 2011 been allegedly utilised for activities that are not related to job saving as per the contract between UIF and Productivity SA. This has allegedly resulted in the failure to meet targets and to date 372 companies were assisted as opposed to the target of 550. In discovering the alleged irregularities, the Productivity SA CEO, Mothunye Mothiba, with the full support of the Board suspended Productivity SA‘s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) pending further investigation. The suspension of the CFO follows the earlier dismissal of a senior Productivity SA employee who, following an investigation initiated by the Board was found guilty of fraud. The Chairman of the Productivity SA Board, Mthunzi Mdwaba, says “the Board has commissioned an investigation to ascertain the extent of the alleged irregularities and to ensure accountability. Productivity SA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mothunye Mothiba says “the entity is committed to serving the nation in mitigating issues of unemployment and . . .
Fresh from her national reality TV début earlier this year on The Voice SA, Cape Town-born musician Lana Crowster is set to perform three concerts at The Roxy Revue Bar at Grand West Casino in Cape Town in October. Crowster, who won the hearts of South African reality TV audiences with her soulful and energetic performances on The Voice SA, is set to take to the stage in her home town in a showcase entitled, A Night Out With Lana Crowster. The show is set to have the perfect fusion of R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz and Hip-Hop songs, and she promises to keep audiences on their feet all night long. “I look forward to performing songs that have inspired me as well as showcasing my own music,” she says. Crowster is no stranger to the big stage, having performed at the prestigious Cape Town International Jazz Festival in April after winning ESP Afrika’s “Young Legends” Competition. Having worked in the SA music and entertainment industry over the past 14 years, Lana has performed alongside the likes of top music acts such as Toya Delazy, Karen Zoid, Chad Saaiman, Mario Ogle, Zolani Mahola (Freshlyground), Arno Carstens and even sang back up for Josh Groban and George Benson, on their respective tours to SA. The passionate singer, songwriter and arranger is set to entertain Cape Town audiences with her three-night run of “A Night Out With Lana Crowster”. In 2014, Lana independently released her début EP entitled, Seasons, - which fans will see her perform hits from, as well as a few “additional surprises” throughout the evening. “My style of music is eclectic so I always enjoy mixing things up on stage during my performances. I love singing some of my favourite songs that have played an important part in my own life, as well as giving audiences the opportunity to hear my own music too,” she says. Music lovers can catch A Night Out With Lana Crowster at The Roxy Revue Bar at Grand West Casino on 13, 14 and 15 October 2016 at 8pm. Tickets are priced . . .
Over the years, the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) has consistently supported young talent in the arts and honoured those who have significantly contributed to the industry. To mark the 19th year of the prestigious ACT Awards, South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency, will pay homage to both emerging and established artists. To date, the ACT Awards have recognised over 150 individuals and organisations for their significant contribution to art, culture and heritage in South Africa. These Awards show the sustainable impact ACT pursues in the creative industry. 2016 will see ACT partner with the Distell Foundation, The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) and Sun International to see yet another group of young professionals being lauded for the remarkable impression they have made in the first five years of their careers. The ImpACT Awards for young professionals are given annually to honour young artists or businesses that have reached a notable level in their career. Giving the masses a voice through the public nomination process, ACT proudly boasts an excellent selection of these individuals in the categories of Theatre, Visual Art, Music, Dance and Design. This year’s finalists, who were announced at The Orbit Jazz Lounge in Johannesburg last night are; Khela Chepape Makgato, Francois Knoetze and Loyiso Mkize (Visual Art); Benjamin Jephta, Thandi Ntuli and Tumi Mogorosi (Music); Phillip Rademeyer, Mkhululi Z. Mabija and Thenx (Theatre); Jody Paulsen, Katherine-Mary Pichulik and Margot Molyneux (Design); and Oscar Nhlanhla Buthelezi, Sunnyboy Motau and Angelique Harris (Dance). ACT CEO, Pieter Jacobs says of the ImpACT Awards finalists; “We are thrilled to announce the 2016 list of phenomenal finalists who are all worthy of accolades. Receiving an ImpACT Award is an important milestone that often marks the beginning of an impactful trajectory.” 2016 will be the sixth year the Distell Foundation partner with ACT on the . . .
The ever-popular Petting Zoo will return to the V&A Waterfront this October, giving younger visitors the chance to cuddle up to their favourite furry friends. Situated near the Kids Ahoy Playground (opposite the Cape Wheel), the Petting Zoo will be open to children of all ages from 10am to 5pm from Monday, 3 to Sunday, 9 October. Entrance is affordably priced at just R25, making it the perfect way to entertain the kids these school holidays. Tickets are available at the door. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
3 to 7 October: College of Magic keeps kids Spellbound Filled with grand illusion and theatrical wonders, let astonishment take over and the impossible become reality during the College of Magic’s Spellbound at the V&A Amphitheatre these school holidays. Families of all ages can look forward to daily magic shows from Monday, 3 to Friday, 5 October between 2 and 3pm. These thrilling magic and comedy experiences are suitable for the whole family, but remember: anything can happen during this magical performance! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .