The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is on the hunt for an effervescent emcee to host the ACT Scholarships final at the Market Theatre on Monday, 10 October. Aspiring emcees from around the country will have the opportunity to audition for this prestigious position, as ACT visits various South African cities and towns to host the Scholarships auditions. Kicking off later this month, the Scholarships auditions will see matric, first and second year performing arts scholars and students battle it out for a position in the finals. Winners will each receive a share of R800,000, to go towards tuition fees for a performing arts qualification at any accredited South African tertiary institution. The winner of the emcee search will host the ultimate showcase of these Scholarships finalists, who will be displaying their passion and skills through song, dance and acting. The dramatic nature of this final event requires the dynamism of a talented emcee, someone who oozes charisma and is able to tie all the finalists’ performances together seamlessly. In 2015, this task was bestowed upon Raymond Motadi, who has since gone on to host a variety of radio and TV shows. Motadi says a friend talked him into auditioning for the emcee position, something he says he will forever be grateful. “The experience was an incredible one, it allowed me to grow as an entertainer and performer,” Motadi says. “I also had an opportunity to work with people who have done amazing things within the arts, thus allowing me to take note of their work ethic, which I found passionate and riveting.” “Emceeing the Scholarships final definitely enhanced my career in a sense that people still remember my face and they tune into my radio show on Tshwane FM. People also text me to find out when I'm performing or when am I hosting an event,” he continues. Motadi says he whole-heartedly encourages aspirant entertainers to audition for the ACT Scholarships emcee position; “it is an amazing . . .
In support of World Hunger Day on 28 May, KFC urged customers to Double Up their Add Hope donations and double the difference it makes to the plight of the millions of South African children who go to bed hungry every night. Our customers generously responded by doubling up their R2 donations, donating over R1 million towards the fight against hunger over the two week Add Hope Double Up campaign. “The Add Hope Double Up campaign was an opportunity to increase awareness of the prevalence of hunger in South Africa and to illustrate the impact it will have on our country’s future if we don’t do something about it,” says Thabisa Mkhwanazi, KFC South Africa Marketing Director. “The success of Add Hope shows that South Africans want to get involved and that if we all pull together, even the smallest contribution can have a major impact.“ Add Hope has raised over R300 million in funds to secure the future of South Africa by helping children learn, grow and thrive through providing them with a nutritious meal, every day. Add Hope makes sure that over 100 000 children receive nutritious meals every month, with the help of 110 beneficiary partners around the country. The collaboration between KFC, its beneficiaries and its customers is vital in fighting hunger and the total donated to these beneficiary organisations increases every year. As part of this Double Up campaign, and in support of World Hunger Day, a number of prominent South Africans visited Add Hope beneficiary organisations to get a first-hand experience of the incredible impact the donations have on young lives. Actress Hlubi Mboya visited Afrika Tikkun in Diepsloot, Gauteng. “These children have my heart. Food, education and shelter are basic human rights. It’s powerful to see the impact that Add Hope has on places like Afrika Tikkun and on these young lives and it is a blessing that places like these are open to the vulnerable. I was completely blown away by all the facilities, and the energy, positive and . . .
When you want to take your work home with you. The ASUS Zenbook is considered a Jack of all trades, and is an essential item in the laptop bags of young businessmen- and women. Whether you are on the road most of the day, or spend the day in a cubicle; having the perfect laptop as a tool to prioritise and simplify your life is very important. Now you might be asking – what is the difference between a business laptop and a personal laptop? Business laptops are released with features to better accompany the young working professional. Business laptops are mostly used to be your office PC on-the-go. They tend to have the same basic components as personal laptops, but the manufacturers include some features to meet business needs. These laptops have the abilities to bear fingerprint and facial recognition-scanners for improved privacy, more durable designed hardware, improved wireless and LAN connections, and more specified microprocessors designed to secure hardware. New technology has created many possibilities to ensure more secure and user-friendly experiences. Now, above and beyond the tech stuff, there are a few basic elements that business laptops have to adhere to, for them to handle the pressure of being a working laptop. Make sure to find something with at least 4GB of RAM. Anything less will not be able to keep up with running many processes and having all of those presentations and spreadsheets open on the screen. Users, who focus on graphics-based work, should enjoy 8GB of memory to help speedy and heavy duty project work. For businesses that use video, multimedia PowerPoint slides and large images, settling for a larger hard drive may be a good idea. A 500GB to 1TB hard drive is a good balance between economy and space. Solid-state drives (SSDs) are smaller in size and a bit more expensive, but they don't have any spinning parts and are therefore better suited for a lot of traveling. SSD-equipped systems also boot faster and launch . . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! COOL PAWS has just turned ONE!!! Yes, it’s been a year since Cool Paws first launched their Online Pet Store, and what a great year it has been! They have gone from strength to strength and are fast becoming the ‘GO TO’ website for the discerning pet lover. “We are constantly on the lookout for new product ranges that will update your best friend’s style” said co-founder Shirley Tankle. They have had some of their unique products featured in South Africa’s most popular magazines including Country Life, Garden & Home and Rooi Rose. “In the year that we have been operating we have gained a reputation for superb service. Our mission is to ‘Ensure our Customer’s satisfaction!’ We love what we are doing as we are both dedicated animal lovers as are our customers” co-founder Carol Rees told us. They are now the sole distributor for Petrageous Designs, an American company, whose products have been very well received in South Africa. They have also added the spectacular and world-renowned German Hunter products to their website as well as the local and very popular Rogz. Cool Paws is a dynamic company. Always changing and updating its products and website. The only thing that does not change is the dedication to excellent service and good customer relations. They are committed to giving their customers an exceptional shopping experience and first-rate service. Their products are sourced from all over the world and many are unique in South Africa to Cool Paws, like Organic Oscar, Petrageous, Danish Design and Puppia to name a few. Some Comments from our Customers: “You girls are amazing!!! Thank you so much for your quick response, before I could even try to track my parcel, it was delivered at my door. It is so nice doing business with you, thanks again.” “Hi I have just received my parcel – what excellent service! Thank you for all your trouble. I will visit your site again soon.” “We are very happy . . .
Twin Hearts Production and Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel are hosting the Kleinkaap Short Film Festival (KSFF) in South Africa. This Festival is aimed to showcase local and international filmmaking in short format. KSFF is a gateway for audiences to unearth the real world of film that occurs beyond regular film exhibitions. Moreover KSFF mainly supports outstanding and creative stories that have not received deserved exposure in South Africa. KSFF considers narrative, documentary and animated short films (30 min and less), and in multiple genres from around the world. The KSFF is hosted in Centurion, South Africa, at Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel. A vibrant city nestled minutes between Johannesburg and Pretoria. The selected short films will be judged and selected by a South African panel. The Kleinkaap Short Film Festival's Official Selections will be screened at the Film Festival early August 2016. There are KSFF awards for international and local shorts such as Best Film, Director, Cinematography and many more. The submission deadline is 1 July 2016 and South Africans have the opportunity to enter their short films for free. Indie Filmmakers whose short films have been selected will have the chance to show what they are capable of at the KSFF. The KSFF promotes possible future collaboration between Filmmakers. The attendees will have a chance to meet Industry professionals such as Agents and Casting Directors. There will be Q & A sessions with well-known Filmmakers where the public will learn more about the Film Industry. Three South African women, namely Mari Molefe van Heerden, Keyuri Naidoo and Reine Swart, are organizing the KSFF. All three these ladies have a footprint in the Film industry and hope to assist fellow filmmakers to grow. These women have been a part of both local and international productions such as the popular TV Soap 7de laan, Villa Rosa, Dominion, various Feature Films and other. They identified the lack of opportunity for . . .
The Birchwood Hotel’s Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Festival will be celebrating its 15th year of stellar performances on 3 June by giving Joburg-locals a taste of Africa as renowned Zimbabwean and South African artists collaborate to provide an evening of memory-making entertainment. The Birchwood Hotel has pulled out all the stops in bringing the best local flavours to lead the line-up of talented musicians including the “grandmaster of traditional Zimbabwean Pop”, Oliver Mtukudzi, who will be headlining the evening. In association with the City of Ekurhuleni and the Sowetan and Mail & Guardian newspapers, the festival is a highlight on the Jozi music calendar and offers a new group of prominent and upcoming local performers every month. Supporting Mtukudzi is Afro-jazz and soul musician, Nokukhanya Dlamini, who is also known for her award-winning theatrical performances in The Lion and the Lamb, and in Ketekeng. Hosted by motivational speaker and presenter, Hector Motivator, the June event will open with upcoming female vocalists, Watching Over Africa, as well as multiple-award winning comedian, Mashabela Galane. Don’t miss out on a rare opportunity to watch the greats of African music combine in an evening of Jazz, Acoustic and Soul music in celebration of the continent’s rhythm. Enjoy a delicious meal shared with fellow music-lovers by booking your table of 10 before 27 May to take advantage of the Early Bird Special. The festival starts at 8pm and tickets are R400 per person or R4 000 for a table of 10. For more information or to book contact Dudu Kgomo on (011) 897 0141 or on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.birchwoodhotel.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
By Liezel Visser These day, the more features a device has, the better. We make choices daily between a multitude of technological devices based on their features and how it suits our needs. One such device that has become increasingly popular is the Multifunctional Printer. MFPs generally have three primary functions which include printing, scanning and faxing and can be used as an office or home printer, depending on your needs. When choosing a multifunctional printer, there are many things to consider before making your purchase, which might become overwhelming. We have made a list of the top things to contemplate before making a decision: Functionality As mentioned, an all-in-one printer functions not only as a printer, but can include scanning, copying and faxing capabilities. So the first think you should consider is what exactly you would need from your home or office printer. If selecting a device that only features the functions you require, you could reduce the costs of the device and in most cases have the few functions you selected be of a higher quality. Print resolution This is a very important feature if you’re looking for a high quality printer, and when we refer to the print resolution we typically refer to the dots per inch (DPI) – the higher DPI, the better. Laser printer often print at a minimum of 1,200 x 1,200 DPI where inkjet printers usually print 600 x 600 DPI black resolution. If you’re unsure of the DPI you need, 1,200 x 600 DPI is usually suitable for office printing, alternatively ask your printer manufacturer if they are able to print samples for you to make sure you make the right decision. Double-sided Printing Double-sided printing, otherwise known as Duplex printing could be an important feature in some companies or even for your personal printer. If you require this feature then make sure to check if your MFP has this capability, else you might be spending your money on a device that does not meet . . .
GaySA Radio is proud to announce that it will be the 2016 broadcast sponsor for Pretoria LGBTI Pride to be held on 1 October 2016. GaySA Radio is the new LGBTI voice in South Africa, broadcasting online at http://gaysaradio.ndstream.net. It started broadcasting in October of 2015 and added presenters and content from February 2016. Currently in test phase, the station is growing by leaps and bounds. It currently has more than 30 volunteer staff, broadcasting from its studio in Pretoria. Pretoria LGBTI Pride is celebrating its fourth year and is becoming one of the premier pride events on the South African Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Intersex (LGBTI) events calendar. From its modest inception a few years ago, this event has grown in size and last year attracted in the region of 7,000 participants to the annual event held in Centurion. The theme for Pretoria LGBTI Pride 2016 is Raise Your Flag and during the parade GaySA Radio will formally raise its flag as the only LGBTI broadcaster not only in South Africa, but also on the continent of Africa. As part of its sponsorship of this event, valued at R 250,000, GaySA Radio will present a weekly feature on Pretoria LGBTI Pride during the daily Eggs and Sausage Show. It will run advertising for the Pride event and all its pre-pride activities. Various people involved in the organisation of the event will be interviewed on a regular basis, as well as providing listeners with updates and news concerning Pretoria LGBTI Pride. This will happen via the online station, as well as on the GaySA Radio website and all its social media platforms. The GaySA Radio Team will host a live broadcast during the Pride event day and will have a float in the parade, as well as handing out promotional material to people attending the event. Hendrik Baird, the Operations Manager of GaySA Radio, says they are excited to take part in an event of this nature. “GaySA Radio wants to partner with successful LGBTI events of this nature . . .
Job availability in South Africa is on the rise at the start of 2016, according to the latest research from job search site Adzuna. Jobseekers should head to cities like Johannesburg, Cape Town Metro and Tshwane where there are more vacancies open to prospective candidates. Chatsworth is officially the hardest place in South Africa to find work, with the fewest available vacancies, with Zululand currently offering the lowest average advertised salaries. The top 50 cities in South Africa were ranked by comparing the job vacancies in Adzuna’s comprehensive search index of over 110,000 live jobs and advertised salaries in each city in April 2016. Adzuna also analysed the distribution of job titles and categories to determine which jobs are in hottest demand in each city or province. Best cities to find a job - Johannesburg, Cape Town (Metro) and Tshwane top the list of easiest places to find a job in the country. No surprises, although many mining areas in the northern parts of South Africa are especially interesting as the salaries proportionate to the amount of jobs available are much higher than general. The North-West Province, for example, won the rank of first for the highest salary average, pushed up by mining salaries on a lower base than the more populated areas. Worst cities to find a job – Chatsworth and Kuruman (Ga-Segonyana district) are the hardest areas in SA to find a job with just 11 vacancies currently being advertised, closely followed by Lichtenberg, Faerie Glen, Meyerton and Blouberg (Limpopo) to round out the worst 6 areas. Unsurprisingly, availability for jobs in the capital Tshawne is booming with 6,191 roles available. Employers are loosening the purse strings - Average salaries in a number of cities are rising, which may reflect a deeper need to attract rarer skills, as well as line up with the current inflation figures. South Africans saw a 6% rise in salaries offered for the same positions over the first quarter of . . .
Because International Day Against Homophobia is earmarked for 17 May, GaySA Radio has decided to raise awareness about homophobia during the whole month of May. Homophobia is the hatred or irrational fear of lesbian women, gay men, and bisexual, transgender and intersex persons - sometimes leading to acts of violence and expressions of hostility. Homophobia is not confined to any one segment of society and can be found in people from all walks of life. State sponsored homophobia has been described as Africa’s new apartheid and has become a red herring, a distraction, to divert attention from the failing democratic culture among so many weak democracies across the continent. South African laws are progressive on issues of sex and sexuality and South Africa was the first country in the world to put a constitutional ban on discrimination by any individual or institution, private or public, on the basis of sexual orientation. It is common knowledge that South Africans are still remarkably conservative when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) issues and persons. Institutionalised homophobia is an everyday occurrence in police stations and Home Affairs offices. The rape and murder of lesbians and the brutal attacks on gay men are a shocking reality. Being openly gay in the corporate section can endanger a person’s career prospects. In some rural communities, homosexuality is seen as unnatural, warranting interpretation from traditional healers. The basis of all homophobia is ignorance, fear and hatred. The way to overcome homophobia and start bridging the gap between the laws of the country and people’s homophobic attitudes, is through a series of actions that society has to take on an individual basis. One has to get to know an LGBTI person and understand that their sexuality is not always a choice. The only real choice an LGBTI person has is whether they will accept who they are or live a lie. So much homophobia is . . .