Winner of the @JoburgRedBus @budmarsh_lodge #HopOnHeritage is…

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

On Friday, I had the absolute pleasure of doing a @JoburgRedBus #HopOnHeritage tour with some awesome Twitter folks with much gratitude to City Sightseeing. It was a day of true enjoyment and much laughter. I am sure @WalterPike and @SpicedWeasel took especially awesome pictures as I had serious lens envy!

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Listening to the comments around me I felt incredibly blessed to be sharing my view of being a tourist in my own city. Especially once we entered the city centre, so many recalled memories (including me, yes – I am THAT old!). There was much laughter and entertainment by our resident comic @RichSimmondsZA (nutter!) and I absolutely loved seeing @SamanthaPerry smile and who did an awesome #selfie with her @Wakaberry glasses on … as well as @MeeAParkins who preferred the covered side of the bus.

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We left from Gold Reef City and got off at Stop 11 in Braamfontein to have coffee at Double Shot. We walked across the road for lunch at Eight Six for some lunch and cupcakes.

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@WilhelmNiekerk and I posing with a cupcake… as one does.

It was truly such a fun and HAPPY time. It was wonderful to see everyone smile and enjoy themselves after the gloom reports of the weather. Well, since I always take the weather with me, it was sunny but crisp and fabulous!

@Budmarsh_Lodge joined in our most fabulous endeavour and offered a prize of one nights accommodation at Budmarsh which includes a six course, fine dining experience prepared by Executive Chef Chris Tustian, a delightful breakfast and a night away at my favourite weekend get-away in Magaliesburg valued at R3500 to the contestant who interacted with Budmarsh the most.

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Our wonderful day out of the office with thanks to @Stuttafords_ZA, @McNabsFeelGood, @DoritosSA, @Budmarsh_Lodge, @JoburgRedBus and @Wakaberry.

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The winner for the absolutely amazing night away at Budmarsh Lodge prize is:

Señorita Trouble

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Congratulations darling!!!

I wish for you to experience being a tourist in YOUR city!

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Wenchy

@TasteOfJoburg @PicknPay @Montecasinoza September 2014

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

After announcing record numbers for last year’s event, Pick n Pay Taste of Joburg is back at Montecasino Outdoor Event Area this September. Budding gourmands need look no further for a feast of the senses with an array of spectacular offerings from twelve of Joburg’s top restaurants.

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Festival Director, Justine Drake says that she is delighted to be part of such a large scale culinary experience that includes the multicultural mix that is Joburg’s food scene. “Every year we are blown away by the large crowds who attend the festival to taste the best dishes Joburg restaurants have to offer. Our sponsors and partners always do a fantastic job supporting us and have the same vision for what is certainly the highlight of Joburg’s culinary calendar.”

All those looking to visit Taste of Joburg for the first time can expect to be wowed by the “Pick n Pay Wine and Canapé Experience”, the “Robertsons Butcher’s Block in association with Big Green Egg”, “The Rekordelig Premium Cider Lounge”, the “Lindt Chocolate Experience”, the “Castle Milk Stout Lounge” as well as the “Pick n Pay Fresh Living Chef’s Theatre”, and experience why Taste Festivals have become such a global gastronomic movement.

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We’ve been running this event for eight years and the challenge each year is presenting the experience in a different and dynamic way. I believe that this year’s festival will again deliver an unforgettable experience, one that will thrill and delight Joburg foodies with its unique mix of food, drink and entertainment. It’s definitely sensory alchemy in action. The large crowds who attend the festival to taste the best dishes Joburg restaurants have to offer. Our sponsors and partners always do a fantastic job supporting us and have the same vision for what is certainly the highlight of Joburg’s culinary calendar.”

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With thanks to glorious sponsors, I have tickets to giveaway to join in this culinary festival. Whoop!  Please answer this question and leave your answer in the comment section. Please do make sure you enter the correct e-mail address.

WHERE is Pick n Pay Taste of Joburg take place this year?

I wish you enough,
Wenchy

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#Evita&Co @TannieEvita @EvitaSePerron by @shenayobrien cc @buzpr @EmperorsPalace

Dear friends and other interesting people,

I have invited the very talented, @shenayobrien to join the #JoziGem team. She has very kindly accepted my offer to write a guest blog about the show Evita & Co and meeting up with the first lady of fabulous, Evita Bezuidenhout.

I wish you enough,

Wenchy


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On Sunday 10 August 2014, I had the privilege of attending one of the most inspirational, thought-provoking shows I have ever seen, by none other than the First Lady of South Africa, Evita Bezuidenhout.

The atmosphere was electric as young and old waited to go in to the “Theatre of Marcellus” to experience the words of the woman who has changed the face of politics and social affairs forever.

The performance started with a video montage telling the story of Evita in her younger years. Interviews with her husband, children, various politicians and reporters sharing how Evita inspired them and others. In 2014 Evita Bezuidenhout turned 70. The video included birthday wishes from icons like Pik Botha, Arts Bishop Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela.  It is clear to see why she was, and still is, an integral part of our South African heritage.

Evita stepped on stage with  cheer and applaud from the audience. I am sure many others like myself couldn’t believe that she was standing in the flesh only a few meters away.

The show dealt with the controversy of Apartheid (that we still face today), safe sex, and Evita’s story how she endured and persevered in politics since the age of 22.  There were various character changes as Pieter Dirk-Uys portrayed some of the most loved and despised characters such as Evita’s maid Mrs. Peterson, the Sex-Guru, her sister Bambi Kellerlman (who in detail explained to us how to put on a condom with the help of her life-size “toys”) and former politicians FW de Klerk, John Vorster and Pik Botha.

Humour filled the auditorium, but a serious message was conveyed with all the laughter. We have to stand together as a nation. She referred to the younger generation “We have to look at children. Children don’t have a colour. Children are sweet and innocent, they are not racist”. We always have a CHOICE, be it Positive or Negative, but the Choice is ours, and we have to initiate that for the current generations and those to come.

As the show drew to a close, another video montage came up, as to give Pieter Dirk-Uys time to get back in to his beloved character. In this video it showed a much older Evita, with her most iconic photos and the inaugural of her own street the “Evita Bezuidenhout BLVD” in the town Darling where she is currently residing and running her Restaurant “Evita se Peron”. As she stepped back on stage, she thanked the audience and with a quirkiness said “I’m going up to the foyer, see you there and let’s take a selfie together”.

I had the honour of meeting this remarkable woman and upon taking our photo together she uttered the words “Jy lyk pragtig my skat”. I felt Loved, Accepted, Liberated and Free all at once. Truly one of the most treasured moments I will remember for a long time.

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Shenay O’Brien is a young, energetic Actress, Singer, MC and Socialite. She has been in various magazines, television and theatre productions, and has now she has added Blogger to the list.  Talent, Brains and Beauty. Shenay is definitely one to keep your eye on!

Twitter: @shenayobrien  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shenay.obrien.1

Shenay is also available for appearances at private functions, corporates etc.

#MothersDayGiveaway @SterKinekor #WalkOfShame @TheZoneRosebank

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I have two double tickets to give away to @SterKinekor’s next Girls Getaway taking place on Wednesday, 21 May 2014. Always LOTS of fun! (No gents! Sorry!) The tickets is for The Zone, in Rosebank and you will be joining me as your host. Whoop!

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I thought Mothers Day was a great day to give away tickets! 🙂  To enter, please answer this simply question: Which cinema has the slogan:  Great Moments at Their Greatest!? (ensure you enclose your name and e-mail address in the comment section of my blog, which will be your entry to this awesome evening)

Winners will be announced on 14 May 2014, here on my blog, done via a random draw.

I wish you enough,

Wenchy

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WALK OF SHAME stars Elizabeth Banks as an aspiring reporter whose dreams of becoming a network news anchor are compromised after a one-night stand with a handsome stranger (James Marsden) leaves her stranded in downtown Los Angeles without a phone, car, ID or money – and only 8 hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life.

@67Blankets for Madiba. A @Carolyn_Steyn initiative. cc @tbdza

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Since I updated my Facebook status about my involvement with @67Blankets, I have received quite a number of enquiries on how to get involved. Yay guys!

I first Googled ‘How to crochet a square’ because @TimothyMoloi told me that is how he learned . It only confirmed I can’t crochet even with a slow motion, step by step, ‘You Tube’ instructional video.

I then Google ‘How to knit a square’.  Knitting thankfully came back to me from the days of my youth once I was reminded how. Yes,  I am knitting a blanket. Yes,  a purple blanket. 🙂 

PS.  I need someone to crochet me a few small white flowers to put on my blanket please.  🙂  Any volunteers?

Madiba gave 67 years of his life fighting for freedom in his lifetime. On the date of his birth,  18 July we celebrate ‘Madiba Day’ by giving 67 minutes of our time to assist others in many diverse ways. The idea is that you are giving your time to make a blanket to keep someone less fortunate warm.

When I am given a gift,  I say ‘Thank You’. The most undomesticated person on the planet, who struggles sewing a button, is knitting squares for a blanket to say: ‘Thank You Tata’.

@SirNoid reminded me that my hands are not my best functioning body parts (Fibromyalgia is not sexy) but took me shopping for needles and wool anyway –  Thank You!!

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As @Carolyn_Steyn says,  stitch by stitch we will keep people warm! I like the sound of that.

Follow @67Blankets on Twitter, look it up on Facebook but most of all, start knitting #KnitWits!

I wish you enough,
Wenchy

VERY IMPORTANT: If you do not see yourself able to participate in physically knitting a blanket, please support the annual Twitter Blanket Drive @tbdza with collection points all over the country where you can drop off newly purchased or used blankets. An incredible project that started with a single tweet from @MelanieMinnaar. Love that woman.

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@RIAD_Band @KevvieCartman #YNWA #LFC

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Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

In truth,  sometimes I don’t know where my children end,  and I begin.  We all venture, but we never walk alone.

My biological and born from my heart children are fiercely independent. (My step children were raised differently so I don’t know how they will still react to live.) Not one of us has had easy roads but we have enjoyed spectacular scenery. We have all experienced deep,  raw painful truths but we have all laughed allowed  in the end.

My first born son Kev (named after the Fred Savage character in ‘The Wonder Years’ ) has grown up with me.  I was 20 years old when he was my baby born and it was the first time in my life I felt a true sense of belonging,  other than my grandparents home.  He has been my son, my child,  my friend,  my companion,   my confidant,  my protector,  my rock,  my joy,  my pride, a pain in my ass and my inspiration.

Kevin very quickly found his own way in the world once he left school.  Today he works in the IT industry, plays football, lives #LFC (and the tattoo to prove it!!) and follows his dream of making music – realised in a band started with friends,  Reality Is A Dream.  (Twitter: RIAD_Band They are also on Facebook,  please go ‘like’ their page.)

In truth, while it is just high school cool to be in a band,  what really inspires me is that unlike me lounging dreaming about walking long distances,  there are people like Kev who run after their dreams,  rehearse weekly and keep the flame burning.  THAT is what causes my soul to dance.  People do walk those long distances.

I love that I did not raise cookie cutter kids.  They are so different,  and with unending gratitude I have the stretch marks.  I am ‘the Mom’ of interesting creatures!

Reality Is A Dream will be playing this weekend at Jeppe Quandom,  79 Boeing Road East,  Bedfordview on Freedom Day,  Sunday at 12h00 and again at 15h45. Support local music!

‘What would you do if if I sang out a tune,  would you stand up and walk out on me?’ – lyrics from the theme song from ‘The Wonder Years’

I wish you…. Enough.
Wenchy

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@21Icons

Dear friends and other interesting creatures

My experience with @21Icons have been exceptional and worthy to be mentioned on my blog.

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City of Tshwane & 21 ICONS
– A 20 Years of Democracy

Celebration scheduled from 9 to 12 April 2014

The Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, announced the City’s commemorative programme for 20 Years of Freedom at Freedom Park today. The programme commences with the City of Tshwane & 21 ICONS – A 20 Years of Democracy Celebration scheduled from 9 to 12 April 2014.

“This special four-day event pays tribute to many inspiring men and women who contributed to building a free and democratic South Africa Their life stories tells a story of how South Africa’s democracy came about. We will remain forever grateful for their selfless contribution, said Ramokgopa.

The hosting of the 21 Icons exhibition in Tshwane is a clear indication of our stance on becoming a Capital City. Most of the featured icons featured have footprints in the city and it is only fitting for us to pay tribute to these founders of democracy, added Ramokgopa.

21 ICONS is an annual project featuring South Africans who made an extraordinary contribution to the country. Acclaimed international photographer, filmmaker and founder of 21 ICONS, Adrian Steirn, captures each icon in a unique portrait and their intimate conversations on film. The icons will be brought to life in Tshwane during the celebration through these portraits and films as well as essays and dramatisations. The line-up of events includes: an interactive 21 ICONS exhibition and a family day, screenings of the documentary A Journey to Democracy; photography and film workshops; and a Charity Auction.

The featured icons are Nelson Mandela, FW de Klerk, Desmond Tutu, Sophia Williams De Bruyn, Kumi Naidoo, Lillian Cingo, Nadine Gordimer, Ahmed Kathrada, George Bizos, Hugh Masekela, Johnny Clegg, Helen Sebidi, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Gary Player, William Kentridge, Phillip Tobias, Evelina Tshabalala, John Kani, Zackie Achmat, Karel Benadie and Gcina Mhlope.

“It is such an honour for us that 21 ICONS was chosen to kick off the capital city’s 20 Years of Freedom celebrations,” says Adrian Steirn. “Madiba’s legacy means so much to the country, but there are many who helped bring about South Africa’s freedom and their inspirational stories need to be told.

Swati Dlamini, granddaughter of the late Nelson Mandela and spokesperson for 21 ICONS helped bring the event to fruition: “The celebration hosted by the City of Tshwane pays homage to my late grandfather and to all those who paved the way for our democracy. I am proud to be part of it.”

Tshwane residents are invited to secure their tickets free of charge from 1 April 2014 at the City Hall box office from 7 April 2014. Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis. The City has earmarked several schools whose learners will be hosted at City Hall. The City has also invited aspirant Tshwane photographers to participate in the photographic and film workshops hosted by Adrian Steirn.

The City further aims to promote good citizenship, participatory democracy and cultural diversity. 21 ICONS South Africa is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz South Africa, Nikon and Deloitte and supported by the Department of Arts and Culture.

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The City of Tshwane & 21 Icons – A 20 Years of Democracy Celebration:

The Exhibition

The exhibition will be located in the foyer and grand corridors of City Hall and will include the full 21 ICONS portrait collection, behind-the-scenes photographs, short films of each of the icons and accompanying essays. Visitors will have an opportunity to interact with the icons through visual, audio and audio-visual exhibitions. City Hall will be open to the public between 10 and 12 April 2014, from 9am to 7pm daily.

The City of Tshwane & 21 Icons – A 20 Years of Democracy Celebration:

Documentary Screenings

The 45 minute documentary, 21 ICONS – A Journey to Democracy will be screened throughout the four-day event. The public are invited to attend the screenings free of charge between 10 and 12 April 2014 from 10am to6pm.

This special hour-long edition featuring the icons, creates a compelling and powerful picture of South Africa past and present — and where it needs to go, according to those who played major roles in forging its precious democracy. The documentary delves into the apartheid past and shares the stories of heartache that were created through living in exile, from Hugh Masekela’s fear of losing his language to John Kani’s pain and remorse at being physically so removed from the struggle back home. Though dotted with anger at times, the icons’ memories also throw up many moments of great humour and light-heartedness, and many share a palpable sense of wonder at how South Africa avoided a racial war and said yes to reconciliation and hope, and no to hatred and revenge.

The City of Tshwane & 21 Icons – A 20 Years of Democracy Celebration:

The Family Day

A family day will be held on Saturday 12 April 2014 from 9am-3pm. Kids will have an opportunity to learn about the founders of South Africa’s democracy through the exhibition and spend time in a special kids play area where art activities will be hosted.

The City of Tshwane & 21 Icons – A 20 Years of Democracy Celebration: 

Photographic and Film Workshops

The photographic and film workshops were initiated to give Tshwane talent practical experience with acclaimed international photographer Adrian Steirn and his team. Two full-day workshops are scheduled for 10 and 11 April 2014. The programme topics include portrait photography, understanding light, planning a shoot, career guidance and social media for photographers and filmmakers.

The City of Tshwane & 21 Icons – A 20 Years of Democracy Celebration: 

The Charity Auction

The much anticipated 21 ICONS South Africa Charity Auction will be hosted by the City of Tshwane and aims to raise R10 million for charities nominated by each of the icons. The original signed portraits and several donated celebrity items will be auctioned by the formidable auctioneer Gift Ngwenya. The guest list is limited to 600. Among the charities that will receive donations are The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, The Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation, Green Peace, Food and Trees for Africa, Star Fish Foundation, The Princess of Africa Trust, Saheti School and the Gary Player Foundation.

For more information, follow Twitter:@21icons; view www.21icons.com; or comment atwww.facebook.com/21icons.

I wish you enough
Wenchy

#QueenAtTheBallet

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Last night I had the privilege to attend @SeanBovim ‘s #QueenAtTheBallet at @joburgtheatre.

I have been pondering my review all day. How do I capture the profound performance of a ballet company so unique, merged – but never over powered by the music of Queen and exploring the raw fire inside The Great Pretender,  Freddie Mercury?

Perhaps some may experience this masterpiece as a flawless performance by a talented ballet company, to the music of a legend that ended too soon.  I would suggest we did not experience the same performance.

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For me,  it was far more gripping and personal.  The talented Henk Opperman’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury was beautifully intense. Breathtaking in depth,  soul destroying in thought. I could feel the struggle,  the torment as to Freddie Mercury’s exploring sexuality with passion and yet with ease.

I could tell you the company was formed in 2009, that @SeanBovim is a genius,  that the show has had two sold out runs in Cape Town and will no doubt experience the same success here at @joburgtheatre. The company makes you both drool and sign a gym membership immediately …. 

It is not seeing a show.  It is witnessing the gift of the arts,  in all its greatness and splendour.

Do you want to live forever?

I wish you enough,
Wenchy

EFC launch at @Sktheatres

EFC AFRICA HITS CINEMAS
Ster-Kinekor & EFC AFRICA announce exclusive broadcast partnership

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I attended the press release at the absolutely luxurious Prestige Cinema at The Zone in Rosebank this morning. Naturally I needed a picture with the contenders! McLellan vs Kruger… since I am a Kruger. LOL

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Johannesburg (South Africa) – EFC AFRICA 28, taking place on Thursday, 27 March, will be screened at select Ster-Kinekor cinemas around the country for the first time, with an eruption of high-definition (HD), larger-than-life MMA action on the big screen.

In a partnership that has been in development for months, EFC AFRICA and Ster-Kinekor announced today (12 March) that fight fans throughout South Africa will be able to watch all 13 bouts from every upcoming EFC AFRICA event, live.

The partnership is launched on the back of Ster-Kinekor having completed the digital conversion in each of its cinemas. Substantial investment in the highest quality, live satellite broadcast equipment and a continuously tested and monitored signal will ensure a stable live broadcast of all the fight action, in crystal clear high definition.

The new format promises fans a big screen, live cinema experience, using the most advanced cinema broadcast platform available worldwide.

“We’re excited to be offering fight fans the chance to see our events in such an awesome, larger than life setting,” said EFC AFRICA president Cairo Howarth. “Ster-Kinekor’s state of the art, digital HD setup makes it an incredible experience, from the first fight to the last. From 01 May, fans in Bloemfontein will be able to attend the cinema too, which we’ve been trying to organise for some time. Ster-Kinekor is leading the way with HD broadcast technology, and we’re incredibly proud to be associated with this exciting project.”

Doug Place, Marketing Executive of Ster-Kinekor Theatres, is equally delighted with the announcement of this new partnership. “Cinema is an evolving sector and we are in an exciting place right now. Resulting from our massive investment in technology and the digital upgrade, doors are opening for us to consider more alternative partnerships such as this one with EFC AFRICA.

“The digital conversion also means that the EFC fights on the big screen will be an awesome viewing experience for the fans. Watching all the live action in larger-than-life high definition is better than it has ever been seen before, and makes for a fantastic night out at the cinema!

“We are focused on continually improving the consumer experience and introducing fresh new offerings and alternative content that tap into new markets and what appeals to those audiences. It is these new initiatives that will ensure that the path to ongoing and future growth in the cinema industry is sustained,” comments Place.

The live Ster-Kinekor EFC AFRICA experience is to be made available in stages, with additional cinemas coming online for future events.

Fans can enjoy the EFC AFRICA 28 HD, big screen experience at the following Ster-Kinekor cinemas:

  • Ster-Kinekor Fourways (Johannesburg)
  • Ster-Kinekor East Rand Mall (Johannesburg)
  • Ster-Kinekor Gateway (Durban)
  • Ster-Kinekor Cavendish (Cape Town)

EFC AFRICA 29, taking place on 01 May, will see the addition of cinemas at:

  • Ster-Kinekor Brooklyn (Pretoria)
  • Ster-Kinekor The Zone (Johannesburg)
  • Ster-Kinekor Cradlestone (West Rand)
  • Ster-Kinekor Maponya (Soweto)
  • Ster-Kinekor Cape Gate (Cape Town)
  • Ster-Kinekor Tyger Valley (Cape Town)
  • Ster-Kinekor Mimosa (Bloemfontein)
  • Ster-Kinekor Greenstone (Edenvale)

Bookings for EFC AFRICA 28 at select Ster-Kinekor cinemas open on Friday, 14 March. Tickets cost R120, Ster-Kinekor SKCLUB, Discovery Vitality or Edgars club movie card benefits will apply. To find out more, visit www.sterkinekor.com.

Avoid the queues by booking online, by calling Ticketline on 082 16789 or you can book at the box office.  You can also secure your seats by downloading the Ster-Kinekor App on your Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone and Blackberry smart phone, to book from your mobile. To find out what other exciting promotions Ster-Kinekor has on offer, follow @SKTheatres on Twitter or Facebook at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.

EFC AFRICA 28, presented by BetXchange.com, takes place on Thursday, 27 March 2014 at the Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg. All athletes competing at EFC AFRICA 28 will wear black armbands in honour of deceased athlete Booto Guylain.

About EFC AFRICA® – The Extreme Fighting Championship®

Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, EFC AFRICA is the African continent’s biggest, as well as a world leading, mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation. The Extreme Fighting Championship produces 10 live events annually and has sold out some of the biggest arenas in Africa. With over 120 athletes exclusively contracted to the organisation from countries such as Angola, the DRC, Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa and both sides of the Sahara desert, EFC AFRICA showcases the greatest warriors on the continent. EFC AFRICA events are broadcast live in over 110 countries around the world on nine television networks in multiple languages. EFC AFRICA programming is available weekly in 600+ million TV households worldwide, making it one of the most recognisable MMA brands on the planet. Leading retailers stock a full catalogue of best-selling EFC AFRICA DVDs, branded merchandise and clothing and equipment ranges.

For more information, visit www.efcafrica.com, or follow us at facebook.com/efcafrica and Twitter: twitter.com/EFCAFRICA

About Ster-Kinekor Theatres

Ster-Kinekor Theatres is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Primedia Group and is the largest movie exhibitor on the African continent. To most South Africans, the word ‘movies’ is synonymous with the name ‘Ster-Kinekor’. The company operates 55 commercial cinema complexes in South Africa, with five international sites based in Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The cinema chain’s sites house more than 440 large-scale screens, just over 68000 seats and the largest 3D footprint featuring more than 120 state-of-the-art 3D screens across the country.

As the industry leader, Ster-Kinekor has pioneered cinema concepts such as Cinema Nouveau, one of the world’s largest dedicated art-house multiplex circuits, and the luxurious Cine Prestige theatres, the first ‘business class’ cinema experience in South Africa. It boasts the only cinema on the continent that is fitted with the advanced Dolby Atmos sound system (at Gateway in Durban); and has headed the return of The IMAX® Experience, with the opening of the IMAX® Theatre at Gateway in 2013. As one of South Africa’s most loved brands, it is Ster-Kinekor’s ongoing mission to become synonymous with the unrivalled magic of the cinema experience, by providing ‘Great Moments at Their Greatest’. During 2013, the company embarked on a massive roll-out project to convert and equip every cinema with the very latest in digital projection and sound technology. The result of this upgrade is that every cinema now boasts state-of-the-art cinema technology that encompasses 2K and 4K digital projection and 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound systems. The award-winning SK App, which is downloadable on all smart phone operating systems, is interactive, user-friendly and feature-rich, and recently recorded its 1.3-millionth download. The new-look SK Club loyalty programme rewards members with redeemable points when they swipe their card when buying movie tickets or catering. Combined with industry leading loyalty programmes from Edcon and Discovery Vitality, these give Ster-Kinekor a strong consumer value proposition and competitive advantage.

As the market leader, Ster-Kinekor aims to spearhead the advancement of cinema across both South Africa and the rest of Africa, to ensure that consumers continue to experience movies as they were made to be seen – on the big screen.See more at: www.sterkinekor.com.

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Mompreneurs ticket to be won!

Hello dear friends and other interesting creatures.

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You’re Invited…to enter and win a seat to the 1st Mompreneur’s Networking Breakfast for 2014 this Wednesday morning!

Schools are back, holidays are a thing of the past, and we’re all back into full swing of life.

Finding balance in our lives, is key to making 2014 a successful year, so starting off our networking sessions, @MommyMatters host one of the baby industries biggest success stories, who will be sharing her secrets to starting a business with twin toddlers on her hips. Even if you aren’t a mom with a business in the baby market, there is a message for you too!

THE DETAILS:
TOPIC: Balancing babies and business: the secrets to having it all!
DATE: Wednesday 26 February 2014 09h30 – 12h00
GRAND CENTRAL CAFE, The Piazza, Melrose Arch
COST: R200 per person (30% discount available for Mompreneur Members), and includes your breakfast and an awesome goody-bag to take home, as well as a chance to win some amazing lucky-draw prizes.

About the Guest Speaker:

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Nelia Annandale, Founder of Keedo, two years after the birth of her twins, lay in a hospital bed after a near fatal skiing accident, she realised that she had something to offer mother earth and her children and that the time for action had come. She now appreciated that her time on this earth was not guaranteed and that she should make use of her talents to reach her goals and live out her dreams while she was still able.

Nelia battled to find comfortable, fun, colourful clothing that was soft on the skin of her twins, so she decided to create a range of clothing that suited her needs and was kind to the environment. She took a leap of faith and approached a bank for a small loan. With this, she started the first Keedo branch in Cape Town, named after her own two ‘keedos’.

Nelia has a passion to help other women and has built a successful business while maintaining a keen focus on providing sustainable employment. Her mantra is that employees should be heard, cared for, fairly remunerated and encouraged to grow and develop themselves, and through this has won the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Award, the 9th Annual Award for Top Women Successfully Leading Business: Top Gender Empowered Company: SMME, the Cape Chamber of Commerce Exporter of the Year Award in the design category and the Black Business Quarterly Business Woman of the Year Award as special recognition for transformation.

you will have a chance to showcase your business and enjoy an awesome morning networking with other Mompreneurs.

To win a seat at this delightful event that I too attend, simply leave your name and what small business you run in the comment section.

Lucky draw at 4pm TODAY!!! Do bring your business cards along for the lucky draw and for networking with other ladies like yourself.

I wish you enough,

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