Whether you're looking to whisk the family away or take advantage of the holiday weekend with friends, Groupon have you covered with great deals. From bush to coastal getaways or if you are looking to travel on a budget take a look at some of these fantastic deals! • Johannesburg : Johannesburg: Superior One or Two-Night Anytime Stay for Two Including Breakfast at Villa Luguno Guest House for R825 Villa Lugano is an exclusive Mediterranean styled luxury Four-star and AA Accommodation Superior graded guesthouse located in Mulbarton, Johannesburg. It’s in close proximity to golf courses, casinos, shopping centres, theme parks, and array of restaurants and the Soccer City Stadium where most of the big concerts and shows take place. Read more about the deal here: https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/ga-villa-luguno-guest-house Johannesburg: Two-Night Weekend or Weekday Stay for Up to Four Including Discount Vouchers at 38 On The Drive for R849 Johannesburg visitors take a rest at 38 On The Drive, only 10-minutes away from the OR Tambo International Airport, with a two-night weekend or weekday stay for up to four people including spa and dinner discount vouchers. The seven bedroom guest house has a 15-seater cinema room that is sound proof for the ultimate movie experience. Guests also enjoy access to the Korsman Bird sanctuary just 50m away, with more than 100 birds. Read more about the deal here: https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/ga-38-on-the-drive-2 Gauteng: One or Two-Night Weekday Stay for Up to Eight Including Restaurant Vouchers and Drink at Lekoa Lodge for R549 Nestled in the Southern Gauteng-Vaal region, near Johannesburg, this unique guest lodge offers an unforgettable experience with a one or two-night weekday stay for up to eight including discount vouchers and one drink of choice at Lekoa Lodge. Read more about the deal here: https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/ga-lekoa-lodge-1 Be sure to visit the Groupon SA Website and check out the Getaway . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa – It seems like Tropika, South Africa's number one fruit juice-based brand, can do no wrong. In 2015, the brand launched a new payoff line "Nothing Smooother" and a highly successful campaign "Smoooth Trip in Every Sip", which resulted in a market share high of 74.7% over the campaign period (Nielsen, 4 MM Dec '15). Further to this, the brand has also just won the coveted "Product of the Year 2016" Award at the Innovation Awards. In a survey conducted by leading global information and measurement company Nielsen, and involving over 5 000 South African consumers, Tropika Long Life 200ml came out tops as the "Product of the Year 2016" in the Dairy Beverages category. This is the first time that Tropika Long Life has won a "Product of the Year" award, making the victory just that little bit "smooother" for the brand. "We could not be prouder of this award, which is one of the many fruits resulting from conceptualising an intensive brand strategy, implementing consumer feedback and conducting even more consumer research," says Miantha Padayachee, Tropika's Brand Group Manager. "I would like to congratulate and also thank every single person who is involved in the Tropika brand for being so relentless and passionate about it." Visit the Clover website to learn more. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is inviting nominations for the eagerly awaited 2016 ImpACT Awards, which are held annually in recognition and celebration of excellence within the arts, culture and creative sectors in South Africa. Nominations for the 2016 ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals, sponsored by The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) and the Distell Foundation in partnership with Sun International, are now open. This year there will be a total of five ImpACT Awards to honour young professional artists. Since their inception in 1998, the ACT Awards have celebrated many individuals and organisations that have made a significant cultural contribution to the country. The awards have gained national acclaim and exposure throughout the industry, and are presented to individuals not older than 30 years old, and companies or organisations operating in South Africa for no more than five years. Some of the previous ImpACT Award winners include: Lindiwe Maxolo, POPArt, Laurie Wiid van Heerden, Benon Lutaaya, Letlhogonolo Nche, The Muffinz, Blessing Ngobeni, Phillip Dikotla, Bambo Sibiya, Camron Andrews, Motlaji Ditodi, Ozlo Clothing Store, Nomfundo Xaluva, Thabo Makhetha Designs, Kyla Davis and Jade Bowers. The ImpACT Awards are presented in five broad arts categories with selected disciplines being eligible for consideration in each. The public nominations are now open in the following categories: ImpACT Award for Visual Art - Artists working in the mediums of Fine Art, Sculpting, Public Installations and Photography are eligible for nomination. ImpACT Award for Theatre - Artists practicing the disciplines Acting, Directing and Writing for Theatre, Musical Theatre and Physical Theatre are eligible for nomination. ImpACT Award for Music & Singing - Classical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Traditional, Jazz and other music composers, producers, musicians and singers are eligible for nomination. ImpACT Award for Design - Artists working in . . .
The Spur Soccer Masidlale Programme, a tool for instilling essential life skills into young lives, has already reached more than 30 000 children within historically disadvantaged areas since its inception in 2005. What started out as 12 one-day soccer clinics involving 10-12 year olds, has grown into a fully-fledged annual soccer league in the main metropolitan areas of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth. One of Spur’s corporate social investment aims is to use sport to uplift communities. The central venues are selected in historically disadvantaged areas where school sport participation is low. The Masidlale Programme fills this gap. Each one of the cities has 200 players (100 girls and 100 boys) taking part who come from 10 local schools. The teams are given Spur-branded soccer kits which they can keep. According to Khakhi Diala, marketing manager of the Spur Group, sport teaches us more than just physical skills; sport is a metaphor for life. That is why Spur has included a life skills programme to run alongside the soccer league. Fifty mentors per league meet with their groups every two weeks to explore essential skills needed to excel in life. The mentors teach self-esteem, positive behaviour changes and wise decision making. They equip the children beyond the sports field into home and school life. 20 girls and 20 boys are then chosen for further mentoring. To ensure the lessons go further into the schools, Spur has a Masidlale Coaching Programme for the school coaches. These are run by accredited coaching facilitators who train 30 coaches from four provinces. Interactive Sport is involved with the mentoring programme which extends to the coaches and one teacher per school. Masidlale means “let’s play” in Xhosa. So the programme’s aim is to change lives through play. The 2016 programme will be launched on Wednesday, 2 March in Durban, Wednesday, 9 March in Cape Town, Wednesday, 16 March in Johannesburg and PE to be . . .
Delegates at the 2016 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference will get the chance to engage in a creative workshop of their choice on the first day of the #creativeintersections conference. These practical workshops will take the form of two follow-on sessions, collectively resulting in a two-hour crash course. With eleven diverse workshops on offer, the hardest part will be deciding in which one to engage. But, if the conference ethos of multi-disciplinarity is kept in mind, delegates will find themselves immersed in a workshop that offers new skill sets and ways of thinking. Each of the seminars will delve into a specific creative endeavour, offering those in attendance practical experience and theoretical understanding in a relaxed, but stimulating, environment. The workshops include: The Makers Library Network in partnership with British Council presents the Hologram Maker Maker Librarians from Thingking and Geekulcha will be curating a participatory skills-sharing workshop, which will look at off-screen data representation, such as holograms and Google Glass. Please note this workshop is limited to fifteen spaces, and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis, i.e. the first fifteen delegates that buy conference tickets and select this workshop will be accepted. Once 15 booked delegates are tallied from the date of this release, the workshop will be removed from the list of options on the ticketing system. Identity Maker The online creative showcase, Between 10and5, will curate a how-to course in self-branding, developing and managing your own online identity. “Having an online presence and knowing how to share your work or service with the right people is key in today's digital marketplace,” says Layla Leiman, editor-in-chief of Between 10and5. She says this workshop will shine some light on how to create, curate, and communicate yourself online. Delegates are encouraged to bring laptops, iPads or smartphones to this workshop (if . . .
Legwear specialist FALKE South Africa will be making their women’s legwear range debut on the catwalk at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg with upcoming designer Tsotetsi KL. The collaboration will hit the ramp at 19h30 on Saturday, 12 March to showcase their autumn/winter 2016 collections, with footwear from Stuttafords. This year FALKE celebrates over a century of knitting and weaving in Europe as well as more than forty years of investment in South Africa and its craftspeople. The luxury of space, the eloquence of light and shade and a subtle sense of confidence always guide the FALKE style. The A/W 2016 collection features refined, luxurious, natural fibres, which are beautifully engineered for perfect fit and sensual feel against the skin. FALKE legwear is purpose-designed and refined for ultimate function and confidence in our demanding local climate and lifestyles. Groomed by Africa Fashion International as an emerging designer, Khothatso Tsotetsi has been a front-row favourite at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week since he made his show debut in 2012. He first caught FALKE’s attention as a winner of the Environmentally Friendly Fashion category in the 2011 Eco Design Competition and went on to exhibit at Malmo in Sweden. He has designed a collection for the launch of the Mercedes-Benz A Class, designed an ensemble for the British High Commissioner of South Africa and showcased a collection in Paris at BFWP in 2014. Khothatso Tsotetsi is a truly global South African talent. This Tsotseti KL collection draws its inspiration from FALKE’s ethos and conveys both quiet strength and sophisticated lines – creating a powerful sense of quality and luxury. According to FALKE marketing and design executive Carol Stent, they are looking forward to seeing the final product on the runway. “Khotatso creates exciting shapes, and he holds the integrity of bold, rich African decoration alongside an easy, confident urban chic. His collection shows exquisite structure . . .
Amy Rose, a classical crossover singer has recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Jumpstarter South Africa in order to make her dreams of an international music career a reality. Amy Rose started singing before she could walk. She was born 3 months prematurely. Thus, she only learnt to walk at the age of four after undergoing various operations on her feet and simply persevering with the help of her mom, Sharon and day mother who to this day is only known as “ouma.” About her early arrival into the world, Amy says: “The tiny little person that I was (1.1Kg), I was obviously very impatient to come and achieve my life purpose. That is taking my talent around the world and sharing it with others!” The stage has always fascinated Amy, just as much as music. The sight of a piano bought a twinkle to her eye. But singing has always been her greatest love. From the age of 3, Amy dreamed of becoming the next Celine Dion and could hit all the big notes that Celine Dion could. When She was 9, she decided that she would make a terrible pop-star and kissed her dreams of a music career goodbye. A few years later, she found her place in the music world. She discovered the art of opera and was thrilled that she could sing in this particular style. Amy Rose has been nurturing her talent for 17 years now. 9 of those years were dedicated to the operatic style of singing. It all began with the many inspirations that she has had along the way. Namely: Celine Dion, Maria Callas, Edith Piaf, Renata Tebaldi, Katherine Jenkins and Audrey Hepburn. She has since matriculated at The National School of the Arts in 2015 where she studied music and gained some insight into theatre and what brings it all together. In October 2014, Amy Rose took part in a talent showcase hosted by Just You Model And Artist Management and was scouted by Kim Meyers of Applause Rising Talent International to go and sing for various agents, casting directors, record companies and the New York Film . . .
Breakthrough in medical technology improves quality of life for chronic motility disorder patients: Imagine trying to go about your daily life burdened with chronic nausea and vomiting. This is the reality that many South Africans living with gastroparesis, more commonly known as delayed gastric emptying, are faced with. Recent breakthroughs in medical technology have provided a solution, however, in the form of the Enterra gastric electrical stimulation device, which is now available in South Africa. Specialist gastroenterologist, Dr Ismail Moola, and general surgeon, Dr Barbaro Monzon, recently performed the first Enterra implant in Johannesburg at Netcare Sunninghill Hospital and report that their patient is already experiencing the benefits. “The patient, a 47-year-old woman with type 1 diabetes mellitus, was suffering from extreme nausea and vomiting. As a result of being unable to keep her food down she was not getting sufficient nutrients from her diet. This severely compromised her health,” explains Dr Moola. “To add to her problems, the patient also has impaired kidney function, following a failed transplant some years ago, and has to have regular renal dialysis.” Gastroparesis is a medical condition that occurs when the muscles controlling the action of the stomach are partially paralysed. This means that the food does not move into the intestines, where nutrients are absorbed, at the usual rate. “The symptoms of gastroparesis include nausea, vomiting, bloating and gastric distention. In severe cases it leads to dehydration, nutritional failure and poor glycaemic control,” explains Dr Moola. The condition is more prevalent in people living with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus but can also be caused by chronic intestinal pseudo obstruction, connective tissue disorders, Parkinson’s disease and some psychological disorders. Surgical options that were used before to treat the condition included the insertion of a feeding . . .
Sudan president, Omar al-Bashir, is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Several of his employees face similar charges. Friday, March 4th was the 7th anniversary of the ICC issuing the first of two arrest warrants for President Omar al-Bashir. To commemorate this historic event, a rally by hundreds of Sudanese was held in New York City, near the United Nations. This anniversary arrives while the Sudan government-led violence against ethnic - black African civilians has been increasing and worsening. The delivery of essential humanitarian aid to them is prevented on an ongoing basis as part of the strategy of genocide: Camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees are attacked and/or dismantled, leaving residents defenseless and homeless Massive attacks have increased in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur since January 15, 2016 Villages are burned in El Geneina, the capital of Western Darfur State Crimes against humanity are rampant in the Blue Nile, the Nuba Mountains, and in South Kordofan Dams are built in Sudan in specific locations designed to eliminate Nubian cultural sites and drive people from their land. The organizations that sponsored the rally and the letter to United Nations Security Council are as follows: Access Coalition: Deborah Martin, Director, Tennessee Act for Sudan: Eric Cohen, co-founder American Anti-Slavery Group: Dr. Charles Jacobs, co-founder, Boston, MA Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy: Daowd Salih, Co-founder and Board President, New Jersey. Darfur Action Group of South Carolina: Dr. Richard Sribnick, Chairman, Columbia, SC Darfur and Beyond: Cory Williams, Phoenix, AZ Darfur Interfaith Network DC Area: Martha Boshnick, Washington, DC Darfur Tear Fund: Juma Sefedin Shaibu, CEO/President, Nashville, TN Darfur Women Action Group: Washington, DC Human Rights and Advocacy Network for Democracy (HAND): Investors . . .
SAB Foundation’s Tholoana Enterprise Programme invites applications from entrepreneurs looking to grow their business Do you have a viable, black-owned small business that would benefit from mentorship, training and business support? SAB Foundation invites interested parties to apply to the 2016 Tholoana Enterprise Programme. Successful candidates will be part of a high-energy solution that has helped hundreds of businesses to accelerate their success. Wrap-around support, including expert mentorship, skills training workshops, access to markets, and qualified investment-readiness support, has been shown to improve the confidence and skills of entrepreneurs. “Our partnership with small business growth specialists, Fetola, boosts the sustainability and success of the businesses in our Tholoana programme,” explains Bridgit Evans, head of the SAB Foundation. “Tholoana offers committed candidates an incredible opportunity to take their business to the next level.” The Tholoana Enterprise Programme supports small enterprises that benefit – or are run by – women, the youth and those living in rural and peri-urban areas. The SAB Foundation is especially keen to create opportunities for disabled entrepreneurs, who are strongly encouraged to apply. Similarly, applications are welcome from businesses working in new and/or growing sectors such as export, manufacturing, food processing, water, energy and waste management. “We want to make an impact in communities, areas and regions that are often under-resourced and have limited opportunities. To achieve this we are looking for the best candidates across all nine provinces, and will only consider enterprises with a proven business concept, a track record of trading and potential for growth,” concludes Evans. If you are an entrepreneur or business owner with a registered business (or in the process of registering) that has been in operation for at least six months and less than five years, you may be eligible . . .