With over 40 000 public votes cast in the 2017 Coca-Cola Food Festival to select the regional semi-finalists representing South Africa’s favourite eateries, the public has a chance to sample these delights in person! Two regional semi-final events will offer great food and entertainment for the entire family. The Johannesburg event will be held on Saturday, 2 September at the James and Ethel Gray Park, and will represent regional finalists from the Free State, Gauteng, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga and the North West. In addition to sampling delicious dishes from inland semi-finalists during the event, visitors will also have a choice of food stalls. Expect nine hours of family entertainment from 10am onwards with Micasa, talented local performers, celebrity chef Zola Nene, DJ Slique and comedian Mpho Popps all performing on the day. Young visitors will be entertained in a special Kiddie Zone. Tickets to the semi-final events are available from Computicket at R100 per person. A 50% discount applies for pensioners and entry for children under 12 is free. A second semi-final will have been held in Durban on Saturday, 19 August for entrants from the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. Semi-finalists will be selected according to three categories defined as ‘on the go’ meals which can be eaten off the premises, ‘traditional’ plated meals eaten while seated at the premises, and ‘gourmet’ which is defined as speciality cuisine dishes. Date: Saturday, 2 September Time: From 10am to 7pm (nine hours) Venue: James and Ethel Gray Park, Johannesburg Regions: Free State, Gauteng, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West #CokeFoodFest / #CokeFoodFestZA Inland region semi-finalists Free State Paulo Pestana Trading Thaba'nchu Free State Mohodung Corner Thabong Free State Loopy's Cafe Bloemfontein Gauteng Lugz Douglasdale Douglasdale Gauteng White Cocoa Food Co Roshnee Gauteng Brewers BBQ Rietfontein Rietfontein Gauteng Brewers Family Restaurant . . .
Childhood psychological problems may have a long-lasting impact on individuals’ social development and quality of life, reports the RAND Corporation in a recent UK study. In South Africa, many children face daily emotional problems and trauma that are experienced at home. In these cases, children may find it difficult to commit to their academic progress and need ongoing professional support to help lighten their load. Community Keepers, a non-profit organisation offering school-based support programmes in the Western Cape, is tackle this reality head-on and creating innovative ways for the public to become more involved. Community Keepers offers professional psycho-social support to learners in schools in marginalised areas. The team includes clinical and educational psychologists, registered counsellors and registered social workers. Understandably, the services of mental health professionals need to be backed by funding. So what better way than sourcing the public’s entrepreneurial and creative skills, and hosting fun events to bring like-minded individuals together and invest in the well-being of school children? Given the success of 'Most Expensive Burger in Town' events in 2015 and 2016, Community Keepers and its partners will be hosting this year’s first Most Expensive Burger in Town event on 20 September at Boschendal Estate in Franschhoek. Since Community Keepers piloted its school-based service model in 2008, the team has worked hard to open and operate 17 offices in and around Cape Town and Stellenbosch. With recent developments also came bigger dreams; to have 20 offices in the next year. By 2025, Community Keepers aims to reach approximately 20 000 learners annually, with 100 offices established nationwide. All proceeds of ‘The Most Expensive Burger in Town’, including tickets purchased by the organisers, sponsors and partners, will go toward sustaining Community Keepers’ school-based offices and help them achieve their goals. “Since last year, . . .
Onwards and upwards! The Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival 2018 is prepped and ready to take you on a magic rollercoaster ride into the world of fashion film and glamour like never before! The prestigious festival, now in its fifth successful year, is charged and ready to get pulses racing with a host of new activities and international sponsors, culminating in the two prestigious Oscar-style red-carpet gala events to be held consecutively in both Johannesburg and Cape Town for the first time next year. “The Festival has grown each year in size and scope and we can confidently say that our local South African production is now the premier global Fashion Film Festival, attracting a host of new best-of-breed partners and entrants from around the world. We are proud to announce that Pernod Ricard has recently aligned with us through Jameson Irish Whisky, as have the iconic Napa Valley winery, Sterling Vineyards, who have been the exclusive wine partner at the Oscars for more than 10 years, as well as US media powerhouse FNL Network, who broadcast to over 60-million viewers,” enthused Adrian Lazarus, Founder and Managing Director of the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival. The evolution of the Festival now incorporates a series of structured monthly showcase events across SA, leading up to the gala events in April 2018. During these events, SA’s top local fashion film-making talent will be presented alongside international filmmakers in collaboration with the Bokeh partners. These ‘mini-festivals’ will deliver high level interaction between industry insiders, invited guests, VIPs, film makers, fashion designers, media and invited Bokeh fans for the full multi-sensory ‘Bokeh experience’. The annual calendar of events will create an innovative activation platform showcasing the aligned brand partners’ new products and, of course, the latest fashion film submissions from around the world. The events will also . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 17 August 2017 - Celebrating a decade of African fashion excellence, African Fashion International’s (AFI) Fashion Week extravaganza took to the runway today at the luxurious Mall of Africa. Adding to the celebration and festivities was the announcement that Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe has been nominated as the first recipient of the Fashion 4 Development Franca Sozzani Award. This highly prestigious international award commemorates the late Franca Sozzani, the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia, whose passion and commitment played a key part in promoting fashion as an engine of transformation and economic development as well as creativity. Nominated by Franca Sozzani’s son, Emmy Award-nominated film director Francesco Carrozzini, and Norway’s HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit, the award celebrates Dr Moloi-Motsepe’s “considerable efforts in connecting, creating and promoting African fashion designers, and opening up new avenues for disadvantaged women.” The award will be presented at Fashion 4 Development’s Seventh Annual Official First Ladies Luncheon. This will take place during the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, at the historic Pierre Hotel in New York City on Tuesday 19 September 2017. The event will be hosted by Fashion 4 Development President and Founder, Evie Evangelou and Livia Firth, Creative Director of Eco-Age, and features a runway show with fabulous creations from Elie Saab. AFI will also be running a parallel event in the hotel showcasing some of the exceptional talent and designs from around Africa. This high level gathering unites First Ladies, Diplomats, Fashion VIPs and other key influencers from around the globe to recognize and celebrate the unprecedented cooperation between Diplomacy and Fashion for the greater good of Women and Children worldwide. “Over the past decade African fashion has transformed on a global scale. I am so proud and privledged to have played a key role in . . .
The 2017 Gauteng Getaway Show, one the of country’s biggest travel, outdoor and adventure expos will take place at the Ticketpro Dome from Saturday 23 to Monday 25 September 2017 and will host a jam packed programme of events. Join professional wildlife photographer Michael Tucker and professional landscape, wildlife and nature photographer, Andrew Aveley, on 24 or 25 September 2017 for a wildlife and landscape photography workshop at the Gauteng Getaway Show. The talented Michael Tucker established BIG5 Photos, a wildlife photography institution due to his passion for teaching and sharing his knowledge of photography, while Andrew Aveley is a professional landscape, wildlife and nature photographer and specialist guide and trainer for photographic safaris. The workshop will cover various exciting components for photography aficionados, including: Wildlife photography • Understanding Exposure Basics – The reasons to get off Auto o (Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO) o Exposure Basics • Taking control of Auto-Focus o Ensure sharp images with Auto-Focus points o Tracking moving subjects with Auto-Focus modes o Setting up Auto-Focus scenarios for different animal behaviour • Compositional Elements o Animal behaviour o Compositional rules in Wildlife Photography o When to “Break the rules” The Art of Landscape Photography • Camera , Lens and Accessories • Composition and Elements • Exposure , Histogram and “ETTR” • Shooting Modes , Shutter speeds and Focus • Sunrise , Sunset and Nocturnal landscapes • Using Filters • Simple image blending - Canon Digital Professional • Creating a Panorama • Creative Panning With tutors who are both experienced photographers, teachers and wildlife guides, you'll definitely be in good hands! Workshop Details: • Dates: 24 and 25 September 2017 • Time: 10am – 3pm • Cost: R150 per person (including free entry to the show and a 6-month digital subscription) • Venue: Gauteng Getaway Show, Ticketpro . . .
Interactive digital technology will breathe life into children’s drawings at teamLab’s Future Park exhibition at the V&A Waterfront’s Watershed from 23 September to 31 January. This perfect family exhibition will come to South Africa for the first time this year. The exhibition has seen more than four million children across the world play in an ever-changing digital environment while they develop their fine motor skills. The exhibition’s fun, interactive activities will captivate the imagination and introduce young ones to the wonders of technology by using scanners and sensors to make each child’s colourful drawings come to life in a digital universe. At the sketch aquarium, children can colour in fish and other water creatures, scan them and watch as they swim about with other children’s creations across a floor-to-ceiling digital screen. Children will also encounter a sketch town where they can draw a car and see it drive around in a town, a light-ball orchestra filled with large balls that change colour and music as they touch it, a colourful game of hopscotch, a town they build and digitally connect, as well as a table where little people come alive. After the Cape Town run, the exhibition will move to Johannesburg in 2018. For more information go to www.futureparksa.co.za or visit the Computicket website to buy tickets. Special family tickets are available and all activities are included in the cost. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” Hillary Clinton It’s a women-rich environment at Montecasino, with 571 women on the staff making up 51% of the total staff of 1 116, of which, 59 are in management positions, representing 37.58%. Two of the three Montecasino hotels are run by women, as are the Property Management, HR, Marketing, and Tables departments. Debbie Combrink, Marketing Manager, believes the greatest achievement in her work life has been “working hard to stay relevant in a changing environment – through ongoing learning, training, and self-development”. She adds that a major challenge she has overcome is learning to listen. “When I was younger I felt that I needed to have an opinion on everything to position myself. I’ve matured to realise that knowing when to speak is more important.” Caroline Naidu, Tables Manager, says she measures her greatest achievements in her work life by “the number of people I’m able to positively impact during my career at Tsogo Sun. I’ve had the opportunity to mentor and develop a number of people who’ve subsequently achieved great successes in their roles.” Linda Reddy, GM of Palazzo, says she has overcome challenges with the conviction that “Lions don’t need to roar – and so developing a powerful presence built on respect and competence improves my leadership ability”. Lerato Makoropo says her advice to young women starting out in the industry is, “Accept no limits, but more importantly, be willing to do your time by learning from others who have been there before you.” She adds that the greatest challenge she has overcome in her work life is learning that business is business – it’s not personal. Deidre Jameson, Property Manager, says her greatest achievement in her work life is being recognised for her efforts and her appointment to her current position. She advises young women starting out “to persevere and press through situations – and when all else fails, to continue to . . .
Creating unique flavour combinations, experimenting with different ingredients and most of all family fun, were the highlights at the Secret Tribe Chief Cook competition recently held in Durban. The event brings families together through fun in the kitchen and was part of a competition for Spur’s Secret Tribe members – an exclusive club for kids aged 12 years and younger. 15 family teams from across Durban came together to create culinary delights and compete for the ‘Best Nachos’ and ‘Best Burger’ title and prizes. The teams were made up of a variety of combinations; mom-and-son, father-and-daughter, sisters and cousins, who went all out to win the top prizes in each category. Each team was given the exciting challenge of creating authentic cheesy nachos, as well as making mouth-watering Spur burgers. To add a unique twist to their creations, they were also given the opportunity to include their favourite Spur Sauce as an ingredient. Hosted at the Berea-based Gecko Culinary Adventures, the event kicked off with teams creating their nachos plates. Each team was judged on their ability to work together, as well as the taste of their nachos, what toppings they used and how well the flavours worked together. Sister team, Simoene Reddy (22) and Rea (10) and Mom-and-daughter team Lo’real Watson and Learah (7) walked away with the top honours in the nachos category. The ‘Best Burger’ challenge was fierce and focused on teamwork, how well the patty was cooked and mostly importantly how it tasted. The ‘Best Burger’ prize went to Jackie Burn and her son, Bevan (12), who apart from cooking the patty to perfection used a delicious combination of sauces and toppings to make their burger stand out from the rest. Clive Moonsamy and his son, Evan (10) came a close second. “It was really difficult to choose the winners. All the teams worked so well together, reminding us how important it is for families to spend time together, cook together and eat together”, says . . .
The annual Waterblommetjie Festival in Paarl is back on Saturday, 2 September, and visitors can expect a jam-packed day filled with fabulous wines, live entertainment and obviously this amazing local gourmet treat. The waterblommetjie (little water lily) is one of South Africa’s most popular ethnic foods and can only be harvested from dams in the Boland region during the winter season. These little flowers will be the culinary stars of the day and will be served in several innovative ways ranging from traditional potjiekos, stews, pastas, pizzas and even ice cream! This year, the festival has expanded to include four Paarl wine producers located within a five kilometre radius. Each participating venue will present its own fun-filled programme and the close proximity ensures easy access to allow visitors to experience the unique offerings at Boland Cellar, Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, Under Oaks and Windmeul Cellar. Boland Cellar will be offering waterblommetjie tapas, a pop-up shop with waterblommetjie-inspired arts and crafts, special kiddies’ entertainment, henna tattoos and great wine promotions. Local artist Ivan van der Merwe will be performing from 10h00. Festival trading times: 09h00 – 16h00. Amazing activities for younger visitors will definitely be a draw card at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate. The latest addition to their programme is a Super Hero Adventure Race, where participants can tackle the fun obstacle course dressed as their favourite super heroes. Register at Hero Adventures on the farm on Friday, 1 September, between 15h00 – 17h00. Entry fees are R30 for kids aged 6-12, while tweens over 13 pay R60. Free entry for toddlers and kids under five. Other fun activities include face painting, pony rides, jumping castles and Zorbing. Adults can enjoy live music and the gourmet offerings at the pop-deli, including waterblommetjie ice cream and stews as well as oysters and bubbly. Wine lovers can join Shiraz tastings and take advantage of the . . .
Media, music lovers and everyone on the cutting-edge of the alternative artistry that Africa has to offer, are all invited to join the listening session of Die Walkure by Neil Atlantis. This journey into another era of South African hip hop takes place on Thursday, 23 September 2017 at the Market Theatre’s Market Lab in Newtown, Johannesburg. South Africa’s seasoned hip hop artist and spoken word veteran, Neil Atlantis has invested the past seven years into crafting his latest work that can be engaged with in its entirety on 23 September in Johannesburg. Die Walkure is a hip hop and spoken word album that is steeped in story, fresh acoustic sound and the depth that can only be found in a live band that spends hours working to perfect their art. The official video of Die Walkure is available on YouTube: http://bit.ly/NA-DW Neil Atlantis made his indelible mark on the local hip hop scene with the release of his debut album titled Magic In My Mouth with his then stage name, Blindfold. Released in 2007, Magic In My Mouth generated commentary on the state of the local industry as well as the value of underground hip hop getting mainstream airplay. In his latest album, Die Walkure which Neil created as a take on the Norse Mythology of female figures who were said to decide which soldiers lived or not in the battlefield. He takes the listener through a multi-sensory journey with the craftsmanship of a mature artist with a team of equally seasoned instrumentalists, whom he handpicked and built a unique sound with. When listening to the sound of Neil Atlantis and the band you get a sense that he competes and thinks at a global level, not just as a local artist. He believes that hip hop, although there are nuances by locality, is a culture that in itself has a global outlook and should reach out beyond the artist. “In essence, we strip the culture of its true nature by referring to it as South African hip hop, when we never say American or European hip hop” . . .