Successfully changing the political, social and economic perceptions of KZN agriculture through a comprehensive PR strategy entitled Kwanalu Uplifting Agriculture campaign secured Pietermaritzburg-based media publicity agency UrbanHouse Media (UHM) a Gold at the public relations industry’s recent PRISM awards. The event, a highlight on the industry’s calendar, was held in Johannesburg on April 17. UHM won Gold in the Resources category for their traditional and social media public relations campaign for their client the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union (Kwanalu) with a campaign entitled Kwanalu Uplifting Agriculture campaign. “The 2015 media campaign for Kwanalu was a great success with both ourselves and our client being happy with the results. To be awarded a Gold from PRISA for the campaign reiterates this and is a great feather in our team’s cap,” said UHM director Cindy Kidger. UHM have again been appointed to direct an ongoing media campaign for Kwanalu in 2016 with the continued objective of changing the perceptions of the agricultural industry amongst the greater KZN community and of uplifting the morale of farmers in the province. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
When Siyanda Makanya aka Dj Kabila is behind the decks, few people realize that it always takes effort for him to play at most venues. Most gigs where he plays at are almost inaccessible for a wheelchair user. This, however, has not deterred the focused entertainer to build a formidable brand for himself since he began pursuing his passion for music in 1999- coincidentally the same year he got injured in a car crash. Dj Kabila’s passion started at a very tender age growing up in Mthatha where a neighbor had a sound system and was the local deejay. The apprenticeship started at the age when he used to assist the deejay setup and test sound quality. Kabila’s musical journey has seen his brand being signed by Dj Black Coffee’s Soulistic Label and joining the world’s best at the renowned Miami Music Conference in the USA in 2012 where he played alongside Marques Wyatt and established South African names like Dj Fresh, Euphonik and Culoe de Song. Having released his third album late last year, there is a testimony of his deep house music style being well received and appreciated both locally and internationally. “Being in a competitive space as a person with mobility challenges, I’ve set goals for myself and pushed my passion to a respectable level but aim to reach higher because I have to escalate way beyond societal’s view of my disability. I released my 3rd album independently under my own label Musiq Soldier-an uphill task considering the resources needed to make it to the top if you are not part of the established music labels, “quips Kabila. His latest offering is “Music will save the Day”-a 12-track album featuring some prominent names like MXO of the ”Zandimbone” fame, Toshi-known for her vocal prowess on Dj Black Coffee’s runaway hit song-“Buya” and other talented artists established and upcoming. On Kabila’s new project, MXO features on the soulful song “Fever” and Toshi serenades on the Afrocentric “Atsha Pha”. Collaborating with different talent . . .
By Peter Feldman for The Next 48hOURS Two prominent Durban stage directors have been nominated for prestigious Naledi Theatre Awards, which takes place in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 19 April. They are Steven Stead and Caroline Smart, both of whom, over the years, have made invaluable contributions to the KwaZulu-Natal arts scene. Stead is nominated for his direction and production of the Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd and revival of Little Shop of Horrors, while Smart is nominated for her direction of the original South African play about Cecil John Rhodes, Hinterland. Now in its 12th year, the Naledi Theatre Awards reflect the vibrant and diverse nature of the South African theatrical landscape that exists today. These are the premier awards for theatre excellence in South Africa. Smart says she is "over the moon" about being nominated for Hinterland, a play about Cecil John Rhodes; a truly controversial and current subject. "I feel incredibly honoured to be nominated for a Naledi Award - particularly to be on the same list as such prestigious directors," Smart continues. Hinterland started its main journey with rehearsals in Durban after it won three awards at the 2012 PANSA/NLDTF Playwriting Festival. Since then it has appeared at the National Arts Festival twice and at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square. It is going to Artscape later on this year. “I admire Duncan Buwalda's command of dramatic text and his use of humour,” Smart says. “Also, his bold idea of taking a ‘what if’ situation and almost making one believe that the working relationship between Cecil John Rhodes and Sol Plaatjie actually happened." Asked her thoughts on the state of South African theatre, Smart replies: "These are interesting times indeed and I am always impressed by the tenacity and dedication of performing artists and their determination to make it work, even in this difficult economic climate." Stead says it was always very gratifying to have one’s . . .
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1 April forever etched in Mitzi’s memory as the day everyone rallied together to help her cheat death 1 April will be forever etched in the memory of 55-year-old Mitzi Hazell of Inchanga in Kwazulu-Natal as the day her neighbours and a team of doctors rallied around her to help her cheat death. After a harrowing encounter with a 2.2 meter long black mamba, which bit her last Friday, a grateful Mitzi is counting her blessings as she talks about the incident from her hospital bed in the intensive care unit at Durban’s Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital, where she is receiving treatment. She is clear about one thing: had it not been for the support of her neighbours and the expertise of seasoned trauma doctor, Dr Kevin McEwen, she would not have been around to tell her story. “Dr McEwen’s expertise and knowledge in snake bites saved my life, as did my wonderful neighbours who made sure I got to the hospital in a remarkable nine minutes. Our home in the Inchanga Conservancy, close to Hammersdale, is about 40 kilometres away from the hospital and ordinarily the journey would have taken around 40 minutes, time I did not have,” she recalls. It was the second time in less than a week that neighbour, Elthea Coffee, stepped in to help get Mitzi to hospital following an encounter with a Mozambican spitting cobra. The Saturday before, Mitzi came face-to-face with a spitting cobra. On that occasion Elthea took her to the local hospital to have her eyes flushed and treated to prevent blindness after the snake spat venom into her eyes. This time around Mitzi was checking on her prized show rabbits when she came across the highly aggressive 2.2 metre long black mamba, one of the deadliest snakes in the world, which bit her on the leg. The snake had seemingly slid into the rabbit enclosure for a little shade on a hot, 35?C day. Elthea once again loaded Mitzi in her car, this time taking her to Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital, the closest medical facility equipped to . . .
Ubique Auctioneers of South Africa are looking to go nationwide and even international with new online timed auctions of exclusive properties. Auctions are a great way for individuals and investors to get great deals on exclusive items. Increasingly auctions are now taking bids online as well as in person, the increasing popularity of this format has led to online exclusive auctions from some of the world’s biggest auctioneers. South Africa’s Ubique Auctioneers is the latest to introduce this format, with unique timed and live online auctions available to bidders worldwide. Ubique will be launching their new format with five impressive properties to bid on this 11th to 15th of April 2016. The first of the property auctions offers an impressive 671-hectares (1658 acres) of prime game reserve, which forms part of the core Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site. On this site, many rock formations can be found resulting from a meteorite which hit the earth two billion years ago. The Rondekop Game Farm has an abundance of game, including 3 Giraffes, 138 different species of birds and no less than 72 species of indigenous trees. The second and third lots are more traditional properties, offering sea views as breath-taking vistas in Kleinmond, South Africa. The fourth lot is a beautiful development property 500m from Kleinmond lagoon, which also offers an unrestricted sea view, while the fifth lot offers a modern vacation home situated in the Parys Gold and Country Estate and is sure to attract a few investors. A spokesperson for Ubique Auctioneers explained, “We are excited to be able to offer these amazing properties exclusively online through our new timed auction format. This enables individuals to place a bid at any time before the deadline, just like they might on eBay, in order to secure the very best deal possible on these amazing opportunities. Our new Ubique Online website will feature some of the very best lots we have available to test the strength of . . .
PIETERMARITZBURG, 5 APRIL 2016 – Jeep Team’s canoe king, Hank McGregor, was named the African Canoe Federation’s Men’s Paddler of the Year for 2015 at a gala awards dinner in Hillcrest on Sunday evening (3 April). The award was based on McGregor’s impressive achievements in 2015. Said McGregor, “It is a great honour to receive this award and be recognized on a continental level, especially coming off the back of winning the Paddler of the Year title at the World Paddle Awards last year. It’s a proud moment for me and hopefully it helps my paddling peers, especially the youth, aspire to do their best and also realise that if they are willing to put in the hard work then the results and accolades will come.” In 2015, McGregor proved unbeatable, winning numerous international and national titles across different paddling disciplines that included surfski, flat water and river canoe marathon, and canoe sprints. Notable achievements included claiming his sixth World title at the 2015 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Hungary, winning the Maui Jim Molokai World Surfski Challenge in Hawaii, and successfully defending his K2 national title at the South African Flatwater Canoe Marathon Championships. Last year, McGregor also became the first person to win the 240km Berg River Canoe Marathon for a record tenth time. He was also named the World Paddle Awards’ ‘Sportsman of the Year’ and KwaZulu-Natal Sportsman of the Year. South Africa’s Bridgitte Hartley was named the 2015 African Canoe Federation’s Women’s Paddler of the Year. Other Jeep Team results Multisport From 31 March – 3 April, Jeep Team’s young multisport superstar, Mikaela Jonsson (18), was in Gauteng competing in Athletics South Africa’s Sub-youth, Junior and U23 Championships, which took place at the Germiston Stadium in Johannesburg. Jonsson competed in the Junior 5000m track event, finishing 8th amongst South Africa’s top athletes. Said Jonsson, “This was my third time ever . . .
Digital has given rise to new forms of communication, new possibilities and of course, a new kind of specialist. One such specialist is online marketing company iLead Online, which on 11 March 2016 officially became part of the et al Group, adopting the et al appellation to become iLEAD et al. To celebrate this momentous move, Dr Gustav Puth, the Managing Director of STRATEGY et al, as well as Google’s Country Director, Luke McKend, both shared their vision of the future. Dr Puth highlighted the importance of a good strategy and taking action, because well begun is half done. The strategy behind the joint venture is to take iLEAD et al to the next level, combining the experience of our Google-certified and award-winning team of search engine experts, YouTube maestros and engaging content generators, with all that the rest of the et al Group has to offer…which is quite a lot. Considering the good relationship that iLEAD et al has with Google, Luke McKend was more than happy to share what the future holds for online marketing. He emphasised the importance of using new possibilities to position your brand within your target audience, including the newly updated Search Voice app, which allows you to search for any product or service by using a simple voice command or question. Managing Director of iLEAD et al, Johann Nortje, says this relationship will quickly become a force to be reckoned with. “Together we have a bigger share of voice, vastly improved economies of scale and the ability to cater for every need an advertiser might have. In fact, the term 'through-the-line’ takes on a whole new meaning in the et al Group,” he adds. The et al Group comprises various et al companies that constitute – what could best be described as – a consolidation of specialist marketing services into a single brand platform. In this group is the DIGITAL et al cluster of four companies which, as the name suggests, is the specialised digital arm of the group. With a . . .
What is the reason you don’t feel amazing right now? Is it because you are you tired a lot of the time? Stressed out? Are you overweight? Moody? Battling to get enough sleep? It really doesn’t have to be this way. One of the world’s leading nutritional experts, Patrick Holford, will be presenting in-depth health seminars in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Johannesburg between 9 and 12 May. He will show you a simple way to get 100% motivated to reclaim your energy, shift that weight for good, reduce stress and feel better than you have in years. From the seminar, you will find out how to: Eat a wide range of delicious foods and still lose weight Regain your energy and zest for life Improve your mood and mental alertness Increase your resilience to stress Break free from anxiety and poor sleep Dramatically decrease your risk for diabetes, heart disease and cancer Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet Patrick and his team of zest4life coaches who will help you to find your motivation again, transform your life and take control of your health. Bookings online at https://www.quicket.co.za/events/?search=Patrick%20Holford. For further information, visit http://www.holforddirect.co.za/patrick-holfords-feel-amazing-right-now-tour/. YouTube: https://youtu.be/IeIqZ81jCQs CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
‘Most parents underestimate the importance of learning CPR’ Many parents underestimate the importance of learning basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid, says Richards Bay mother Amanda Kruger, as she recalls the traumatic near-drowning of her son, Juandre, five months ago. “Knowing how to perform CPR and first aid is very important. I always thought that I would not need it and that bad things would not happen to me, but after pulling my son out of the swimming pool and knowing there was nothing I could do for him but pray, I now know differently. I will never forget that feeling of total helplessness,” Kruger says. “When I saw Juandre in the swimming pool, I kept hoping that he was okay, even though he was already floating face-down in the water. When I pulled him out, his eyes were big, his lips and the bottom of his feet were blue – he was effectively dead. Miraculously he made it and today, five months later he has completely recovered.” Kruger says the four-year-old is back to his old self, despite doctors fearing the worst and initial scans showing brain damage. Nowadays Juandre is eating normally, talking again and his personality is the same as it was prior to the near-drowning. She attributes Juandre’s ultimate recovery to a combination of good medical care and prayer, referring to the medical professionals who treated him as ‘God’s angels’. Everything changed in a matter of seconds Kruger says that apart from learning how to do CPR, parents and caregivers should always keep an eye on children and must know where they are at all times. She says on 15 October last year, she was looking for the then three-year-old Juandre all over the house, thinking he had to be inside, as all the doors were closed. When she found one door open, she immediately rushed outside, only to find Juandre floating in the swimming pool, unresponsive. When she shouted for help, their tenant immediately came to her rescue and helped her to . . .