Artist Profile: OnlyKetsi

Over the past 8 years OnlyKetsi has been fishing for the ultimate receipe to cater to his undying day one fans, who are today part of his music making processes. introduced by his best friend of 9 years to the genre of Hip Hop, from back in his high school years (Grade 9) with his saved up lunch money, he bought the simplest, second hand equipment which could get the vocals recorded to then best DAW ever known, Cubase 5, with a couple of plug-ins missing that never stopped him from getting his bad mixed, vocal flunking songs known at his high school. Mimicked by girls, it gave Only the confidence to maneuver through the obstacles of getting that one song played on radio, not to mention taking part in small Mcee battles, that took place every Friday after school. It helped with his growth, getting knocked down by older fellas, having his beats stolen with the knowledge of them getting properly mixed for you, next thing no one takes your call, one day you hear the whole thing twicked there and there to differentiate your original sound accompanied with vocals you’ve never heard in your life.
Done for the Night, released in 2015 as a single, got the young artist signed to Strange Medley Music Group, with this occurring only a year ago, this gets to prove consistency always gets you recognized. Preparing for the release of his upcoming EP, titled ‘LOAD Opportunities,’ he will soon to release a single which has not been decided on. It makes it an easy drive to first take some years and invest in your craft, along the way, not to forgetting taking in some knowledge and understand how music as a business works.
Education: Boston Media House, Radio & Sound Engineering (Complete)
Occupation: Strange Medley recording artist, content radio producer, self employed, fashion designer and Events Coordinator
Performance Genres: Hip Hop, Boom Bap Rap
Born and raised in Soweto,Tshepiso Moeketsi a.k.a OnlyKetsi, his musical influence was instilled by the no more South African Kwaito legend, Mandoza, coping of his dance moves seen on his black and white television screen, performing was then the subject of charm for him, a crowd puller as he grew to become this well know dancer in his teen years that everybody adored. The switch was no surprise, seeing how the two were closely related to one another. In 2011 he then moved to Zakariyya Park, a surburb not far from his place of origin where he met a Sound Engineering student by the name of Cmplicty who took him under his wing. Helping with the right sound to his music, together recorded his first unreleased, 16 track mixtape titled Bigger Than Life, with singles that assisted him with obtaining airplay, Summer Time produced by Los Angelas Basek, We Good, So Good and Done for the Night which is currently doing rotations on K-Radio, Kofifi FM, Fashion District Radio and The Eye.


From ample time and effort put into perfecting his craft, recording artist, Touchline is ready to make waves in the music scene as he releases his debut single, “Ung’phethe Kahle” under Muthaland Entertainment, exclusively on music streaming app, JOOX.

From the dusty streets of Tembisa, an uncut diamond in the form of Touchline (real name Thabo Mahlwele) emerged. Touchline has been in the music scene for quite some time and started recording his own music at the age of 17.

Being a true poet, Touchline is blessed with the gift of bringing realness to his content which allows him to bring the deep emotion from his listeners’ hearts as they are able to picture and draw relevance with his story telling verses. This is very much the case with his new single, “Ung’phethe Kahle” which he releases as his debut single under Muthaland Entertainment.

Produced by Zolile Radebe, “Ung’phethe Kahle” is a vibey Mzansi Afro-hop track as Touchline would describe it, conceptualized from a night out of fun which had both Zolile and Touchline jamming in studio that night resulting in delivering the hit track.

“Ung’phethe Kahle” is now available on JOOX:

Dr Tumi’s The Gathering of Worshippers Live DVD is released.

The Gathering of Worshippers Live concert  DVD that Dr Tumi recorded last August hit the shelves on Friday March 9 2018.

It was a magical night of worship and praise which saw the gospel genius’s no mean feat of filling up the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg.

Dr Tumi delivers some powerful singing at this musical moment that bookmarks a chapter in his career that proves his popular appeal in gospel circles and compelling devotion.

The interaction with the crowd, young and old – in the form of singalongs, bodily expressions or lit cellphones in the air – is a sight to behold.

From the lively and energetic Open Heaven to the poignant Speak a Word and Trust and Obey, Dr Tumi takes his audience on an unforgettable and fulfilling worship experience.

Dr Tumi comments: “I look back at that night of The Gathering of Worshippers with pride. You could feel God’s presence and love. This DVD captures the essence and spirit of the concert very well. I’m thankful and overjoyed to present this to my fam. This one is for the collection.”

The CD of The Gathering of Worshippers which was released in October 2017 is already a platinum seller.

The Gathering of Worshippers DVD is executive produced by Dr Tumi, Kgaogelo Makweya and Sipho Dlamini. All songs are written and produced by Dr Tumi.

  • Dr Tumi records The Gathering of Worshippers 2018 Live CD and DVD on 1 September 2018 at Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria. Tickets are available at Computicket.

 The Gathering of Worshippers Live DVD tracklisting

  • Worthy Of All Our Praise
  • Open Heaven
  • Crushing Into You
  • Speak A Word
  • Trust And Obey
  • Because of Jesus
  • There’s No Other name
  • None Like You
  • You Alone
  • Someone Like Me
  • Holy
  • Jesus Lives In Me
  • I Love You Jesus
  • Raging Fire

Vodacom is proud to have previously announced their digital partnership in support of Dr Tumi and the Gathering of the Worshippers. As part of Vodacom’s 2020 vision, we aim to enhance the lives of our customers through an always-on digital experience in work, live and play. It is our passion as one of the top consumer brands, to enable and build a digital connected society. In addition to providing an online platform for the live streaming, called Vodacom View +, for all Dr Tumi’s events, Vodacom will also be launching the Gathering of the Worshippers DVD on their Vodacom Live platform, for download On Good Friday, 30 March 2018.

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @DrTumisang

Facebook: DrTumi1

Instagram: drtumisang

SASSA Makes Great Strides Towards Insourcing Grant Payments

One of the key goals of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is to manage and pay social grants without the use of a third party contractor as is currently the case. SASSA is on course to achieving this goal of ensuring that payment of social grants is insourced. It has already made direct transfers into approximately 2,4 million personal bank accounts for the month of March 2018.  This file is processed for payment through National Treasury to Bankserv for payment from SASSA’s own Paymaster General Account.

In March, SASSA paid an amount of over R2,6 billion to those beneficiaries who receive their grants from their commercial bank accounts. The beneficiaries involved in this exercise are about 2.4 million and are paid directly without using CPS infrastructure after the function was taken over from CPS. The rest of the remaining 8.4 million beneficiaries will be paid through the various outlets using ATM’s, Point of Sale devices and in cash at SASSA paypoints.

As compared to the month of February, a growth of about 140 000 has been realised in terms of beneficiaries choosing to use the commercial bank payment channel. In March, SASSA will also test its capacity to directly pay the rest of the beneficiaries using ATM’s and Point of Sale (POS) at different outlets without using CPS infrastructure. A total of 100 000 beneficiaries who transact at ATM’s and POS devices using their SASSA card will have their money deposited into their SASSA cards directly by SASSA in March as part of the test that will be run. If this test is successful, the only beneficiaries who will not fall under SASSA direct payments in the short term will be close to 2.9 million who are currently paid in cash at the more than 9 000 pay points throughout the country. SASSA has already issued a tender for a contractor to assist with these cash payments and the appointment will be made in due course.

Beneficiaries of social grants are advised to ignore agents who claim that the current SASSA card has expire and is being replaced by another card. There is only one SASSA card, and it is the one which has the government coat of arms on.  People who are marketing their own products under the guide of these being the “new SASSA card”  don’t have good intentions but use misinformation to try and burden the poor with unnecessary debt through the sale of financial products. The current SASSA card will still be valid until December 2018 and there is currently no need for beneficiaries to move to another card.

SASSA will inform beneficiaries about the need to change the SASSA card in the future.  However, in the meantime, all beneficiaries are reassured that the current SASSA card will continue to work.

Every social grant beneficiary is also advised that it is a personal choice whether to have their social grant paid into a personal bank account.  Any beneficiary who wants their grants to be paid directly into their bank account must provide details of their personal bank account to SASSA.   Every holder of any personal bank account, must ensure that they have completed the “Request for bank payment form” and returned this to their nearest SASSA office. This form is available on the SASSA website and at SASSA offices. Payment of a social grant into a bank account is most convenient.  If you want to change, please contact your nearest SASSA office or phone 0800 60 10 11 for more information

Letters advising holders of the Easy Pay Everywhere accounts, or green cards as commonly known, have been sent letters by SASSA. They are requested to respond to those letters urgently. The form attached to the letters must be completed and returned to the nearest SASSA office.Beneficiaries who are not sure about the information being provided should call the SASSA toll-free number on 0800 60 10 11 for any queries.

Get ‘closeup’ & #MakeYourMove

By: Zarina Mahomed

Today would be the day.
It had to be.

Squeezing the red paste out of the closeup tube, I prepped myself for what could potentially be the best- or worst- day of my life. I was never the type of girl to walk up to a guy and declare my undying love for him…
Or am I?

Valentine’s Day had good old Joburg painted red. Woolies had the sweetest treats to make any girl smile. On the road, vendors were hustling according to the theme of the day, offering roses to one driver as the perfect gift for the “queen” in the passenger seat, or as a peace offering for a squabbling couple in another car.
It had been a good four years since I’d had my own Valentine. All Woolies did for me since then was offer me cheap deals on my guilty pleasures post-Valentine’s Day, which provided me with great company while watching chick-flicks on my down days.

However, today, the tables would turn in my favour.

Red toothpaste, red lips, I was armoring myself in all things red, to just my confidence enough to blurt out my deepest secret…

That’s how a lot of “crush stories” start off. You have to mentally gear yourself up to do the seemingly impossible, while up against self-esteem issues, intense intimidation, and for those who don’t drink, lack of sedatory effect to calm your nerves or even to cushion the blow of rejection. What adds to that, is the effect of bad oral hygiene.

No, I’m not a dentist.

It isn’t easy to get out of your comfort bubble and move into someone else’s personal space, being so self-conscious and then have bad breath as a deterrent. You can forget about reeling him or her in with your amazing personality or your super long list of achievements, if the first thing that catches his attention is some awful smell coming from your direction.

So, in an effort to help all those “Lonely Hearts Club” members, closeup is here to help you #makeyourmove. It isn’t the most comfortable thing, getting to know someone, and even harder when you’re getting to know him or her on a more intimate level. Don’t let bad breath come in the way of you and potential bae!

In addition to tearing down plaque, we also want to tear down barriers that prevent us from finding love- illogical, irrational invisible nothings that, due to societal conventions, are actually somethings. Just like plaque, these walls we’ve put up to discriminate between one another, are small, insignificant and a bit of a pain.

Be free to make your choices, be free to get #closeup. Anything non-traditional, just like anything traditional, is beautiful and should be celebrated. In a society that is considered to be so unique and diverse, we divide.

It’s time to focus on #breakingbarriers.

So get out there.
Put your brave pants on.
Find your prince or princess and pucker up.
Time is precious and so are you.



The Nelisa Mzimela Legacy Foundation will be hosting it 7th INK Arts Festival from 21 – 24 September 2018 in and around Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu Townships in Durban. INK Arts Festival is an arts, culture and tourism development project, founded six years ago by Nelisa Mzimela. The primary objective and goal of #INKAF is to create platforms and opportunities for community-based, aspirant and emerging artists, creatives, social entrepreneurs to access information, showcase their talents, network with professionals from the Creative Industries and to forge local and cross-border collaborations with an aim to create economic opportunities.

INK Arts Festival is not only open to artists and creatives from INK Townships, but the whole of South Africa and the world. This year will showcase over 50 emerging musicians, six theatre productions and as well as film screenings and fashion and visual arts exhibitions. Education and Development is the heart of this festival; this year the festival will run Capacity Building Workshops to give information and capacitate community based artists.

The Mzimela Foundation in partnership with EThekwini Municipality: Arts and Living Cultures |Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit, will be hosting a series of monthly events in and around INK. Local Artists, creatives and the general community are all invited to take part in these events, in support of arts, culture and tourism development in the community. The primary objective of these activations is to engage with artists and other relevant stakeholders about the vision of the festival, address key concerns from artists and to educate emerging artists and creatives about the industry.

With the support from our partners, EThekwini Municipality: Arts and Living Cultures Unit, INK Area Based Management, KZN Performing Arts Trust and others the project is able to create freelance  and part-time job opportunities for young people from the area. This year we are happy to announce that we have been able to offer an Arts Administration Internship position to one local artists / poet, Mlondi Ngcobo. Mlondi is poet, aspiring model and photographer from Ntuzuma, he joined the team at the beginning February 2018 as the Arts Administration Intern, under the mentorship and guidance of Festival Founder and Director, Nelisa Mzimela.

“Funding and sponsorship still remains a major challenge for INK Arts Festival, and every year we battle to get the right amount of support for this project, hence we wish to appeal to both the public and private sectors to consider supporting projects such as ours, for the sake of nation-building, social cohesion and creation of economic opportunities for our youth,” says Nelisa Mzimela.

Dates and Venues for the Build-Up Activation Programme are as follows:

  • Friday, 02 March 2018 @ Ntuzuma F Hall

9am – 3pm

  • Saturday, 24 March 2018 @ Bester Hall

9am – 3pm

  • Saturday, 21 April 2018 @ KwaMashu G Hall

9am – 3pm

  • Saturday, 12 May 2018 @ KwaMashu L Hall

9am – 3pm

  • Saturday, 26 May @ Ntuzuma A Hall

9am – 3pm

 For More information contact us:

Activations Programme Intern: Mlondi Ngcobo on 074 882 9839

Programme Coordinator:   Motaung Koalane on 060 439 3518


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Did you Finish Matric Between 20015-2017? Apply For The Open Door Gap Year Programme

Lindbong Development launching a new initiative for youth who finished matric between 2015-2017. These youths should be willing to commit for 9 months in the program as they will be taken through various components of development and expose so that they will be ready to pursue discovered purpose and dreams in 2019 and beyond.
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The program entails the following:
– life skills training (a behavioral change 1 month program with assignments)
– self discovery – (a series of events that enables them to be more self aware, explore their potential and capacity)
– adventure (traveling and camping opportunities with various assignments; fear factor missions; and other exciting experiences that exposes them to the world and it’s people)
Leadership Development (formal and informal equipping sessions; responsibility driven training)
Career guidance (go through a detailed strength, personality and character alignment career opportunities; dream and talent assessment center)
– work exposure (candidates will be placed in different sectors and industries during the course of the program with the aim of unleashing their work appetite; Multi-Sector exposure program)
– Spiritual Discipline (empower them to understand the importance of being balanced in life; help them understand the purpose of life beyond their dreams and personal goals)
Please share with as many young people as you can who are from within KZN and Durban in particular as the programme will be housed in Durban for 2018 and spread out there other districts in 2019.
Applications can be made through this link

Comment by President of The Durban Chamber of Commerce, Mr Musa Makhunga, on the State of the Nation Address 2018

The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the opportunity to comment on the State of the Nation Address 2018. Firstly, we join the Republic of South Africa in congratulating our newly elected President, Cyril Ramaphosa. Our currency has strengthened since the outcome of the 54th ANC National elective conference and this outlines widespread optimism for his leadership. This is good news for business.

The Durban Chamber has taken particular note of the following salient issues highlighted by President Ramaphosa in his maiden State of the Nation Address of 2018 and we welcome the “new dawn” that his presidency promises.


President Cyril Ramaphosa’s commitment to ethical behaviour and ethical leadership reaffirms the Durban Chamber’s ethical practice established by our Code of Ethics.


The manufacturing sector offers more job creation opportunities than most. It is a key sector in Durban and we acknowledge the President’s commitment to promoting investment within this sector.

State-Owned Enterprises

The Durban Chamber applauds the President on the initiatives planned to reform the governance of state-owned entities. These institutions represent critical state infrastructure and cannot be left to operate in disarray and fall into mismanagement under our watch. They need to create added value to the nation and not be a drain on its finances. Healthy state owned enterprises will help reduce pressure on the fiscus.

Public- Private Partnerships

The Durban Chamber welcomes the opportunity to collaborate, as organised business, with Government in restoring confidence and preventing any further investment downgrades. A sound strategy cannot separate one from the other and any strategy for development must acknowledge our interdependence and reflect strong cooperation and collaboration starting with involvement in the process of solution formulation.


We believe that convening a Jobs Summit to strategise around unemployment will indeed be beneficial to the economy. This is in line with the vision of the Chamber to drive programmes and adopt economic development policies and strategies that lead to the creation of meaningful, sustainable jobs in both the public and private sectors. The Durban Chamber recommits to deepening our contribution to addressing this social issue.


The establishment of a task team to speed up the implementation of new projects, particularly water projects, health facilities and road maintenance is remarkable. Infrastructure is a catalyst to economic development. Therefore it is critical that Government provides and maintains a safe, secure, reliable, effective, efficient and fully integrated infrastructure network which meets the needs of individuals and businesses, while simultaneously facilitating local economic development and supporting government strategies and plans. The focus on skills for the digital age is critical to the attraction of investment into SA.


The Durban Chamber acknowledges President Cyril Ramaphosa for his stated commitment to small business development and for undertaking to set aside at least 30% of public procurement to SMMEs, cooperatives and township and rural development enterprises in addition to reducing regulatory barriers. He has promised to roll out the red carpet for SMMEs instead of the usual red tape and the Chamber will certainly hold him to delivering on this key and fundamental issue for our members.

Fees Must Fall

In a bid to address the fees-must-fall movement, we are pleased that government has significantly prioritised higher education by starting this year to provide free education and training to first year students from households with a gross combined annual income of up to R 350 000.

National Health Insurance

The Durban Chamber calls for deeper engagement between private and public sectors to provide healthcare access to all in SA. The good health and wellbeing of the workforce is a critical factor for productivity and growth.

In conclusion, The Durban Chamber acknowledges the remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa to fight corruption, fraud and collusion. This reaffirms the Durban Chamber’s vision: “in Business for a Better World”. Very clear intentions have been communicated by the President to deal with corruption both in private and public sectors and this is encouraging, as is bringing governance in SEO leadership structures. President Ramaphosa has thrown down the gauntlet of “Thuma Mina” [send me], thus challenging each one of us to put our shoulder to the wheel to lift South Africa out of the economic quagmire. As the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, we commit to supporting this vision and we are ready to “Seize the day!” as he has implored us to do.


Mpumi, whose real name is Nompumelelo Mzobe, is gearing up for the highly anticipated release of her single Izulu (heaven), which will be available on all digital platforms this Friday.


Mpumi says, “The song ‘Izulu’ is inspired by a failed romantic relationship that I had a few years ago. “After witnessing that my experience was not exclusive to me and that many more people including some of my closest friends and family members have had their fair share at failed relationships, I felt compelled to put all my feelings around this subject into a song”.  This song talks about promises of heaven and earth that were made in the name of love, and were never kept. It talks about feelings of betrayal one feels after having invested everything, (hopes and dreams) and committed themselves fully into a relationship only to find out in the end that it was all in vein as promises turned out to be nothing more than just promises.”

‘Izulu’ will be available across all platforms this Friday, 16th Feb 2018


Twitter: @Mpumi_Somandla| Instagram: @mpumisomandla | Facebook:@mpumisomandla

Sunday Jazz Sundowners with Thabo Sikhakhane Sextet

The BAT Centre brings you another jazz ensemble which will definitely leave you staggered and dazzled from the beginning till the end of the show! 

Thabo Sikhakhane Sextet is a six-piece band that includes Durban’s amazing musicians Zoe the Seed – Vocalist, Sanele Phakathi – Pianist, Dalisu Ndlazi – Bassist, Leon Scharnick – Saxophonist, Sbu Zondi – Drummer and Thabo Sikhakhane – Trumpet Player . 

The band is not only influenced by the sounds of jazz, but also by our local cultural sound – Umbhaqanga. Thabo Sikhakhane Sextet has played in popular jazz lounges around Durban, such as The Chairman in Durban Central, Jazzy Rainbow in Morningside, Jazz Centre in UKZN and Rainbow Restaurant in Pinetown, just to name a few.

As usual, our jam session will follow after the Sunday Jazz Sundowners performance. Please RSVP to the MC of the day if you want to be featured at the jam session! 

See you there! Entrance is FREE!!! 

DATE    : 18 February 2018

VENUE : BAT Music Cafe 

TIME     : 3pm

Philani Mgwaba: U-Mhleli Omkhulu weLANGA

U-Mhleli Omkhulu weLANGA, uMnu Philani Mgwaba ongowokudabuka khona lapha KwaZulu Natal , osemnkantshubomvu kwezokuhlelwa kwamaphephandaba esizulu nawesingisi. Ube ngumhleli wokuqala wephephandaba lesiZulu iSolezwe ngowezi-2002. UMnu Mgwaba uke waphathala maphephandaba alandelayo njengomhleli: iPretoria News, iSunday Tribune neThe Mercury wonke angaphansi kwenkampani i-Independent Newspapers. Eminyakeni emithathu nengxenye edlule, ubeyinhloko yeTimes Media, (manje esibizwa ngeTisoBlackstar Pty Ltd) KwaZulu-Natal- amanye amaphephandaba ayoyiSunday Times, yiBusiness Day neSowetan.   Ube ngumhleli omkhulu weSowetan neSunday World, abuye futhi abe ngumqondisi we-Tiso Blackstar Pty Ltd – ephethe la maphephandaba. Kulo nyaka ka2018 uqale kwiphephandaba ILANGA Newspaper njengo mhleli omkhulu (Chief in Editor).

 Uthole iziqu zeBA kwiHistory ne-African Politics e-University of South Africa nezeMaster’s kwi-

Classical Culture,  eStellenbosch University, eWestern Cape.



Artist Profile: Masandi

Sandile Cedric Mfusi Jnr aka Masandi, is an R&B/Soul singer, songwriter, actor and presenter born and raised in Durban South African. Growing up, Masandi’s talents were evident from a young age. At age 7 he began singing in the church as well as talent shows in his neighborhood. In high school Masandi was the lead trumpeter in the school brass band.

After matriculating from Glenwood High School in 2006 Masandi pursued a degree in the Social Sciences at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN), Howard College majoring in Marketing Management and Media. Whilst completing his degree, his love for the performing arts continued to flourish. He added acting and modeling to his repertoire.

It was during this period that he joined a hip hop group called Niche Fam where, naturally, he became the lead singer. Niche Fam achieved success speedily – quickly becoming household names in KZN as well as generating a lot of buss throughout the country.

In 2011 their efforts were rewarded richly when they received the award for Music Group of the Year at the IKUSASA AWARDS, which was no small feat, considering that they were nominated in a category teeming with talent such as Freshly Ground, Locnville, The Arrows and Cashtime Fam as fellow nominees.

In 2013 Masandi took his acting career to the next level when he accepted a role on one of South Africa’s most popular drama series’, Isibaya. Masandi played the character Jojo who was loved dearly by fans of the show. He also managed to land a role as a lead character on a movie called Sugar Mama which was released in 2014.

2014 marked the beginning of his solo music career. The release of his first single “Bring it Back” was received positively. It was played on all the leading radio stations and received rave reviews, so much so that the hit single attracted the attention of legendary rapper K.O. who is also the co-founder of Cashtime Life. He was so impressed that he invited Masandi to studio where the two created the hit single ‘One Time’.

Masandi then release his first single “Ngane Yabantu” under the stable in 2016, which quickly gained heavy rotation across radio stations in the country such as Metro FM, Kaya FM, Gagasi FM and topping the charts at No.1 on Ukhozi FM, No.1 of Yfm #Hot99RnB. The debut video was also well received by Channel O, MTV Base and Trace. In February 2017, this sensational RnB artist dropped his first body of work titled “Escalation EP”, which is quickly starting to go viral. On this EP, he has worked with the likes of Big NUZ, Gemini Major, Aewon Wolf, Awgust Rush (USA), Nana Atta, SpiritBanger, Skatta, and Captain Blu (Nigeria).

Masandi was elected as one of the members to perform for “Team Durban”, alongside DJ Tira, Distruction Boyz, Duncan, NaakMusiq etc… This is the team that won the Red Bull culture Clash 2017. He was then also feature on Duncan’s Hit song “Change for Nobody” that also features Kwesta.

It goes without saying that Masandi’s achievements are a true testimony of his potential and work ethic as a musician, actor and an all round entertainer.



Zimbabwean, SA Based Artist Accrue Drops ‘Pour Up’ Featuring El Koba

A second born in a family of five, 24 year old rap artist Elijah Chigwida who goes by the name Accrue was born in Glenorah B in Zimbabwe and began expressing his feelings through music at the age of 14. In search of greener pastures, Accrue and fellow musician Drew (Maurice Vutika) moved to South Africa in 2015 where they met EL Koba (Mpilo Thwala) and have been working collaboratively, making music together.

“At first it was to help me escape the reality I was living in but then as I wrote more songs I grew to love it more. Not everyone walks the same path, but being able to experience another person’s life through music is powerful to say the least. Plenty of people strive to support diversity and want to have an open-mind, well rap can help you get there. Just listen” says Accrue

In 2016 Accrue met business man Shawn Jones who believed in his talent and signed him under his company PURE Records where he began working on his music career and late 2017 released his first hit single Pour Up featuring El Koba.

“When I released Pour up I was basically thinking about all the good times I’ve had and realised some of the best memories I made with friends. I had not done a song specifically dedicated to the wonderful people that have contributed to my creativity, happiness and growth as an individual. I called El Koba and when he liked the idea we went straight to studio. The song is available on all digital platforms and I hope the people will love it” Accrue concludes.


Just in time for celebrating love this Valentine’s day, Award-winning musician Zakes Bantwini has just dropped his latest single Choose The Best Of Love, featuring Refi. The single is taken off his latest album Love, Light, Music 2 which was released to critical acclaim in 2017.

A trained musician and academic, a husband and a father, Zakes understands the love language and what it is to give love. Choosing the best of love is an infectious, upbeat, melodic, sexy and warm song with both vocalists providing raw and distinct sounds that get to gel together beautifully as the song progresses. Zakes brings an urban traditional tone which has influences of his musical heroes, the likes of Fela Kuti, Salif Keita. “When I made this song with Refi, I didn’t think it would be this great. This is a song for lovers, appreciating your partner as they are and choosing the best of love in them, the best of love for yourself, choosing love daily. It’s one of the most important songs I have ever written and I’m forever grateful to have Refi lace it with her beautiful voice…” said Bantwini.

Zakes Bantwini’s catalog is very colorful and bouyant, his music has been celebrated not only in South Africa and the continent but across the world with more emphasis in the United States of America and Europe. Hugely inspired by a number of industry greats such as Caiphus Semenya and the late Bra Hugh, Zakes believes that he still has a lot to contribute to the fast growing industry. Having study music, worked behind the scenes, nurturing talent and setting stages alight, this

Born Zakhele Madida in KwaMashu, KwaZulu Natal, Zakeshas always dreamt of being an entertainer. His albums have not only won him accolades but the biggest prize, the hearts of his adoring fans.

Choose The Best Of Love is available on all digital music download platforms.

999 Music Girls Sindi Nene & Khanya Greens Join Forces With Chomee For #DivasLoveTour

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, couples all over the country are expecting their loved ones to give them a good treat. Arthur’s 999 Music hot new girls Sindi, Khanya Greens together with Chomee have put together a national tour themed Divas Love Tour.

The tour is all about spreading love. The two songstresses are into soul and R&B meanwhile Chomee is a dance queen turned Afro Beat star. Chomee’s single Zozela Zalala has went over one million views on YouTube and she says this will serve as a celebration with her fans around the country. The tour will commence on the 1st week of February till the end.

The girls pointed out that Southern African men needs to be loved hence the tour. “We just wanted to spread the gospel of love and preach romance” said Chomee. The three ladies all have love songs tailor made for their countrywide tour.

They will do few special performances in various provinces. Khanya Greens whose soul album titled Be Still And Know is causing a storm on iTunes, has expressed gratitude towards God for his mercy over her after her departure from SABC 1’s most popular soapie Uzalo.

Sindi the former Idols songstress, with new self-titled album is back to dish what made her a household name when she was dubbed the new Brenda Fassie during the Idols tenure. Sindi is a multi talented singer who also plays various music instruments.

Sunday Jazz Sundowners with Tutti Grooves

The BAT Centre is excited to bring you 2018’s very first Sunday Jazz Sundowners with Tutti Grooves. We are welcoming the amazing jazz and popular music ensemble to our jazz  followers this coming Sunday, 4 February 2018, at 3pm till late.

The KZN-based „Tutti Grooves“combines an exhilarating self-composed music with a selection of wonderful cover tracks. The all – male band consist of seven members, namely : Thabani “16 Beat” Kheswa (Drummer), Siyanda “Slash” Zulu (Trumpet),  Mbonisi “Sqomqomane” Nhleko (Bass Guitar), Sakhile “Mfowami” Manqele (Lead Guitar), Phumlani Khanyi (Piano), Manqoba Gina (Saxophone) and Simphiwe Gina (Trombone). Tutti Grooves come from a background of gospel music and church choirs and thus see their sound influenced by acts such as Stimela, Sankomota and the late Bra’ Hugh Masekela.

The band’s smooth, deep and soothing sound has mesmerized people all over South Africa at different events. The passion the members possess for their art is evident in the commitment they exude every time they get on stage. Excellence, integrity and passion are some of the values that Tutti Grooves lives by. Playing different instruments is not only what these young men are gifted at, their vocal capabilities are mind-blowing. Although they do perform music by other musicians, they also write their lyrics and compose their own music.

Let us start off  the new year with a fantastic Sunday Jazz Sundowners session, celebrating jazz music and keeping in mind the amazing sounds of great South African artists, such as the late Hugh Masekela- who shared his astonishing talent, as a foundation for this country´s future of jazz. The jazz performance will be followed by an open jam session – kindly contact our MC of the day if you´d like to perform.

Let´s get ready for great #BATjazz at our #SundayJazzSundowners in 2018 – we are looking forward to seeing you there!!

Admission is always FREE!   

Date:     4 February 2018

Time:    3pm till late

Venue:  BAT Music Café

Behind The Scenes: D.EE XCLSV Shoots Cover For Upcoming EP

21-year-old rapper D.EE XCLSV, who rose to prominence by featuring the multi-award winning artist Kwesta on his debut single Flex Life, had a photoshoot with fast-rising photographer Wakhe Dzingwe for the cover of his upcoming EP. The EP, which D.EE has titled “Two Hours From GPark”, has no official release date but is expected to be the first major hip-hop release of the year. The title refers to the reality that D.EE is pursuing his dream in the big city lights of Johannesburg, which is a two hour drive from his hometown of Geelhout (GPark), Rustenburg.

See his latest music video “Flex Life” on YouTube: and you can also connect with him on social media for more updates:





 Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says women participation in the Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector is woefully low more especially in the countries of the South.

“It is important to encourage young women to consider careers in areas as such Science and ICT sectors. Studies show that women still have limited access to education and therefore fewer women are able to enter the ICT sector” said Minister Kubayi-Ngubane.

The Minister was speaking at the Regional Gender Sensitization Workshop hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa Region in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature. The theme for the workshop was “Mechanism to Strengthen Gender Equality” and it is in line with Goal 3 of the Millennium Development Goals which seeks to “Promote Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women”.

Emphasising the importance of ICT in accelerating women empowerment, Minister Kubayi-Ngubane said the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) calls for speedy transformation in the ICT sector.

“The convergence of information or software systems and ICT created digital platforms for accessing and analysing information. Hence the advent of data economy which is at the centre of the 4th industrial revolution. We need to ensure that women are given all necessary tools to adventure this new economy”

“With the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, women empowerment is no longer an option. We need to enact policies that will ensure that there is an increased and affordable access to the internet connectivity. The 4th Industrial Revolution can provide women with broader access to online services such as health care and education. It can eliminate gender digital divide which remains most severe in poorer countries. Lack of awareness about the ICT benefits for women is a huge barrier to entry for women empowerment” said Kubayi-Ngubane.

Chairperson of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Ms Lindiwe Maseko who was one of the speakers said public policy is another mechanism for change and gender equality. She further said that parliamentarians should heed a call to ensure that the legislative process is open and transparent for women to participate.

The Gender Sensitization Workshop also addressed the issue of women representation in decision making bodies of the society. Guest speakers stressed the need to mentor young women in leadership roles and the allocation of resources to drive the women empowerment agenda.

The workshop was attended by members of the Common Wealth Parliamentary Association Africa Region with representatives from countries such as Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, Mauritius and Uganda.

The Dube Brothers Return with New Single “Blessed”

Following the success of their debut album “Step Up” (2013), The Dube Brothers are thrilled to announce the release of their much anticipated new single “Blessed” taken off upcoming second album due for release in 2018. The single was officially dropped on the 13th January 2018, on all digital platforms.

This up-tempo, feel good hip-hop styled song reminds people that we are blessed daily, as joy comes in the morning. It rhythmically rings the alarm of being blessed, and because you’re blessed, you must become a blessing to others too.

With this song, the Dube Brothers express how grateful they are to God for life, because without God’s Grace they wouldn’t be where they are now. Following closely to the footsteps of their father, legendary Bishop Benjamin Dube, the talented trio is focused and set to raise the banner of Jesus Christ even higher. When praises go up, blessings come down.

Hugh Masekela hangs up his trumpet

Hugh Masekela, a giant of South African music who gave soundtracks to many generations, departed this world yesterday morning after a brave fight with prostate cancer. He was 78.

His death has saddened  us at RiSA  and we send our heartfelt condolences to the Masekela family, friends, colleagues, and fans of this titan of music.

Bra Hugh, as he was affectionately known, was a towering figure in local music, first as one of the few remaining elder statesmen of music and secondly as a well of wisdom having been in the industry for over six decades.

His death is a monumental loss. He displayed a rare quality and commitment to the cause of culture till the end. He never once contemplated retirement, but remained resolute in his work as an artist and a social commentator through his music and his standpoint on issues that confront the African societies of today.  

He was honoured with a SAMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.

Born Hugh Ramapolo Masekela in Kwa Guqa township, Emalahleni on April 4 1939, Masekela was destined to be a musician. After Father Trevor Huddleston presented him with a trumpet he never looked back. He blew it until the world echoed with his sounds.

Masekela was part of the pioneering brigade of South African musicians who flew the South African flag high and proudly in the United States of America in exile along with the likes of Miriam Makeba, Letta Mbulu and Caiphus Semenya. He reached international fame when, in 1968, he released Grazing in the Grass which topped American pop charts and was a worldwide hit. Among his rich catalogue is the ever popular Stimela and Thanayi which resonated with the young and old. Masekela’s genius on the trumpet can never be doubted. He was a permanent fixture in the live jazz concert circuit and beyond.

A recipient of the National Order of Ikhamanga Gold which was bestowed on him in 2010 for his contribution to music and the struggle against apartheid, Masekela was an advocate of Black Pride and made no excuses about it.

RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi commented: “There has been an outpouring of emotion and sadness over the passing of Bra Hugh and we as RiSA   send our support to his family and the public. South Africans will forever remember the spirit of Bra Hugh and what he represented. He was a fearless campaigner and activist, but above all an icon of South African music. The world knows of us because of his contributions and how he remained an African. It is the end of an era, of a life well lived. He was right up there with the best of the best. Rest in peace Bra Hugh, you ran a good race.”

Mavilos Drops O Motsere Kae Music Video

The multi-talented Afro House Star Mavilos, has released a new music video for his latest single “O Motsere Kae”, which is amongst the tracks he has released under his own record label Dust2Gold. The music video premiered on YouTube on 12/01/18 and soon to be released on local music channels. This follows after the song got a high rotation on national radio stations and Mavilos had the opportunity to be interviewed by the renowned Ernest the DJ from Alex FM.

Mavilos has expressed the excitement of his new music video release and receiving massive love from his fans, who called in during the interview.

“Super thrilled to share my new music video “O Motsere Kae”, my sophomore single is also available in all digital stores nationwide. This is one of my favorite videos I’ve shot to date! We are reviving the golden glory days of Afro beat house music. I enjoyed the whole process with the team”.

Mavilos deployed his entire musical arsenal to bare on the “O Motsere Kae” song. The Afro House Star’s biggest revelation so far is the ability to sing, write and produce his own songs. The energy is just at extreme levels now and he slices those neurons dance moves on the “O Motsere Kae“ music video.

For music fans, “O Motsere Kae” is a dose of blessing for your weekend groove, and we cannot wait for the next drop. You can catch Mavilos touring around South Africa, SADC and East Africa. You can stream, download and share the song, which is available from all digital stores.


Motivational Workshop For Vukuzakhe High School Teachers

The Phumlani Dube Foundation in partnership with The Zunguness will host a motivational weekend workshop for teachers of Umlazi’s Vukuzakhe High School at The Zunguness (luxury wedding & conference venue) in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands from 27-28 January. The workshop called “Making Vukuzakhe Great Again” will be attended by all 35 teachers of Vukuzakhe.

Chartered accountant and political analyst Khaya Sithole has been invited to serve as a keynote speaker. The workshop is the brainchild of prominent businessman Sandile Zungu and entrepreneur/former media personality Phumlani Dube who are both former pupils of Vukuzakhe High School.

The two have decided to host this function to congratulate the principal and the teachers on the improvement in the school’s matric pass rate for 2017 and to encourage them to achieve even more successes this year. The Vukuzakhe matric class of 2017 achieved a 79% pass rate – up from 68% in the previous year. Members of the media are cordially invited to attend and to cover this event.


Event: Making Vukuzakhe Great Again Motivational Workshop

Date: 27-28 January 2018

Venue: The Zunguness (KZN Midlands)

“Be Safe On The Road This Festive Season” Says Distruction Boyz

Leading Gqom Duo Distruction Boyz took to social media to advise their fans about the importance of being safe during the festive season.

We know the number of accidents that take place on our roads this time of the year and Distruction Boyz being one of the most influential entertainment personalities saw it as their responsibility to remind South Africans of the consequences of drunk driving.

“Thanks so much for your continued support, we highly appreciate each and everyone of you. We know that you will be going out to have fun dancing to our music but please do not drink and drive, always wear a seat belt and get a sober driver. We love you, be safe” concludes #Omunye hitmakers.


Sindi Nene Has Found Her Groove Back

After a four-year hiatus from the music industry, Sindi Nene is back! The sultry songstress, best known for her stint as Idols 2010 Top 3 contestant, will be releasing her self-titled album, Sindi, under Arthur Mafokate’s 999 Music label, in November 2017.

In a bid to conquer the music world once again, Sindi started working with 999 Music in July 2017 and will release the full album of thirteen tracks on iTunes and hardcopy early 2018.

Sindi rose to instant fame in 2010 as a contestant on M-Net’s reality talent search, Idols SA. A firm favourite of the judges with rave reviews for her vocal abilities, she landed a deal with Universal Music Records soon after. Sindi also signed under the Universal Music Publishing Group, releasing her debut album, INFINITE, under the same label.

This latest project is a Neo-Soul album produced by Wash Mahlangu, an in-house producer for record label, 999 Music, with Sindi as the author and composer of the work and Arthur Mafokate as the executive producer. It has an eclectic mix of Soul, RnB, Pop, Hip hop and Jazz elements, fused with Sindi’s big voice, which has often been compared to the late musical legend, Brenda Fassie. Fans can expect to get to know Sindi in every track – lover, fighter, believer, sister, friend and feminist.

“Arthur showed so much passion, dedication and determination to see this album’s production through; I was inspired by his work ethic every day and I’ve never had that with any record label,” says Sindi.

“For the first time in years I’ve managed to create an album that reflects who I really am. Vocally my tone is different, with just the right mix of colour and diversity to add a unique element to each track. It was often challenging to come up with the right lyrics and storylines, but I surprised myself with the ability to write and compose many original, authentic stories that could inspire, change, improve, or shine a light on issues in our country,” she adds.

Dedela, the first single from the album, is currently enjoying airplay on all major radio stations, with the music video rotating on MTV Base.

Every track on the album has a story that would resonate with South African citizens; especially women. “Amalungelo” was inspired by the Bill of Rights in the Constitution; “Amandla” tells the story of female empowerment; “Ikhaya Lethu” talks about the abuse, trauma and dangers that young South African women have been facing recently; “Missing You” was inspired by her grandmother passing away; while the more light-hearted “Dedela” is about letting go and having fun with friends.

What’s it got to do with the price of eggs? – Gift Ov Life’s egg donor program

Infertility is a real issue that many couples are faced with in the modern day and age. The pain of not being able to conceive is often met with shame and a sense of despondency, yet statistics reveal that it is not uncommon – About 15% of South African couples experience fertility problems, according to Health24.

Though unconventional, there are other methods of obtaining your dream family. Gift Ov Life has been leading the way in facilitating the egg donation process for over 7 years and has successfully done over 2000 donor to recipient egg donation cycles since its inception in 2009.

Why you should consider egg donation

As previously mentioned, Gift Ov Life has been leading the industry and is rated South Africa’s number one premier egg donor program to date. Consequently, many specialists and fertility clinics recommend this method and Gift Ov Life’s services to those who are hopeful.

The process is relatively simple, and the Gift Ov Life staff are dedicated to their mission of “assist[ing] those [who] long to become parents, whether via egg donation, surrogacy or adoption.” They further pledge:

We are leaders in the world of egg donation because we put your needs, and a professional approach, before our own needs for any recognition in the work we do. It’s not about us being the most successful, it’s about you being successful. It’s not about us being fabulous, it’s about you getting pregnant.

As a donor, you are entirely supported by the Gift Ov Life staff, who avail their professional advice, experience and care to you for the entire process from start to finish and beyond. Whether you are looking to assist a hopeful family or looking to start one of your own, Gift Ov Life is there with you every step of the way.

How to become a part of the egg donation process

The process of donating your eggs is done in 7 easy steps.

  1. Register
  2. Complete an online application
  3. Become a Gift Ov Life angel and get loaded onto the database
  4. Receive a call / Selection by recipients
  5. Schedule a clinic appointment
  6. Donate your eggs
  7. Post donation care

If you are interested in being a part of this miraculous journey, please visit for more information on the organisation, previous success rates and regulations regarding the egg donation process.

New Music To Kickstart Your December


JAX JONES – Breathe ft. Ina Wroldsen

Following the success from his recent worldwide smash hit singles ‘Instruction’ and ‘You Don’t Know Me’, Grammy nominated artist, songwriter and producer Jax Jones

looks set to continue his winning streak with brand new single ‘Breathe’, out today!

Speaking on the track Jax says “I’m so gassed to release ‘Breathe’. Working with the likes of Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don has been such a dream come true for me and now, working with Ina fulfils another one. Not only is she an incredible vocalist but she’s one of the best & most successful songwriters in the game today. When we were in the studio together, I couldn’t imagine anyone else in the world who could deliver the emotion her voice adds to the track and I’m so happy she’s agreed to be a part of this record. I hope everyone loves it as much as Ido.”

CALUM SCOTT – “White Christmas – 1 Mic 1 Take (Live From Abbey Road Studios)”

The “Dancing On My Own” singer is set to release his album Only Human in March 2018. The lyric video for the first single, “You Are The Reason,” garnered over one million views within a few days- watch it HERE.

Listen to it here:

President Zuma to officially open the Dumisani Makhaye Drive

President Jacob Zuma will on Saturday, 02 December 2017, officially open for public use the new Dumisani Makhaye Drive (Main Road 577) in Clermont, Durban as part of Government’s nationwide programme of infrastructure development.

The completion of the R1.3 billion road infrastructure project makes it the biggest road infrastructure development in the country in five years and epitomises government’s service delivery excellence. For the first time, the road will connect, among others, the communities of Newlands, KwaMashu, Inanda, KwaDabeka, Clermont and Pinetown.

Significantly, the road will also be a new, alternative route to the King Shaka International Airport for traffic coming from the Pietermaritzburg and Pinetown areas, which will now ease traffic congestion on the N2/ N3 interchange.

The road is being named after the late struggle hero, Mr Dumisani Makhaye, who also served in various capacities including as MEC in the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Executive Council.

The naming of the road is part of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government’s Roads Naming and Renaming Legacy Project, which is aimed at naming and renaming roads and bridges infrastructure in the province’s roads network to help communities reclaim their historical legacy, pride and heritage by giving new, meaningful names to new and existing provincial roads and bridges.

The completion of the main road works, which paves the way for the use of the road by members of the public, especially motorists, is a major step in the government’s drive to create easy access for communities for socio-economic development.

The Dumisani Makhaye Drive spans the uMngeni River and provides a strategic link between Duffs Road in KwaMashu to Dinkelman in New Germany. It cuts off a massive 16 kilometres for traffic using N3 to connect to N2, and will help eradicate the legacy of colonialism and apartheid-based spatial planning.

The details of the official opening of the road are as follows:

Date: Saturday, 2 December 2017
Time: 10h30
Venue: Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium,Clermont, Durban

The SAMAs (SouthAfrican Music Awards) spring cleans categories

The SA Music Awards has spruced up a few categories as the call for entries gathers momentum. It’s in with new and appropriate names in a few selected categories:

    • Best Rap Album has changed to Best Hip Hop Album. The renaming allows for Hip Hop DJs to enter their albums in addition to Rap residing in this category.
    • Best African Adult has changed to Best African Adult Contemporary Album. The category does not carry language exclusion.
    • Best Africa Artist has changed to Best African Artist.  This has also been made a special category so that South African artists can enter their works and compete for the bragging rights   of being named the best artist in the African continent. 
    • The Best Kwaito Album category name has not been changed, but its definition has expanded to include Gqom, new age kwaito, amapiano and other types of kwaito sub category music available in the country.

Remarked RiSA CEO Advocate Nhlanhla Sibisi: ‘This is one of the efforts to keep the SAMAs relevant and competitive and to ensure that excellence is celebrated and rewarded. I also wish to encourage our musicians to submit entries for SAMA consideration before the deadline.’


uMlalazi Municipality Mayor Cllr Thelumoya together with the KZN MEC for Human Settlement Mr Ravi Pillay, Officially Launched the KwaMpungose Housing Project which will benefit 1000 households from war 9,10,13 and 16. As part of the Launch The Leadership handed over a fully furnished show house to Mrs Thokozile Zulu (Ward 16), a pensioner who currently lives with her 49 year old daughter who is psychologically ill and also with her 16 grandchildren whom some of them are still at school and some have completed their matric but are unable to find stable jobs.

The Provincial and Local leadership then headed off to Ward 10, in Mtilombo area, to officially mark the construction of Mrs Gutu Sikakane’s house, who is also a pensioner and is currently living with her grandson who has completed matric and does piece jobs in community projects around the area.

Mrs Sikakane is wheelchair bound now, because of her age she is unable to walk anymore. She is also taking chronic medication for diabetes and arthritis and she needed extra care as she was unable to do things on her own so a care giver was assigned to her on a full time basis to look after her.

A formal handing over ceremony was held in Ward 10, Nkume Sports field, where the MEC, District Mayor Nonhle Mkhulusi and Local Mayor addressed the respective community.

Mr Pillay in his address warned political leaders against the recent incidents where they interfered with service delivery because of the assumption that it is part of campaigning for the up coming elections(29 November 2017).

“This project was initiated a few years back, we will provide services to the community no matter what time it is and no matter what people assume, people deserve decent houses and human settlement will deliver them”

Abelaphi bendabuko baseMlalazi bayaziqhelelanisa nokubulawa kwabantu, ngenhloso yokwenza umuthi

uMasipala waseMlalazi esebenzisana nomnyango wabeZempilo (Department of Health), Child Care kanye noDokotela abanganamncele (Doctors without borders), namuhla ziyi 16 kuLwezi 2017, endaweni yase Mlalazi kuWadi 10 babambe iqhaza lokuzohlanganyela neZangoma ekulweni nesihlava sokubulawa kwabantu abaphila nebala elimhlophe (Albinism) kanye nokubulawa kwabantu ukuze bacwiye izitho zomzimba kwenziwe imithi, okuyinkoleloze.

OnguSihlalo wekomidi leZangoma uMakhosi Zandile Ngema, uthe “singabalaphi bendabuko asihambisani nalesi senzo sokubulawa kwabantu.” Uqhube wathi uma la eMlalazi kukhona owenza lesi senzo namuhla inhlanzi isishelwe ngamanzi ngoba abamile kodwa bayishaya indiva lento.

UsoDolobha waseMlalazi Cllr Thelumuyo Jeke Zulu, ethula inkulumo yakhe koMakhosi uthe “ayikho indaba ejubulisa njengokubona ebelaphi beNdabuko besebenzisana nabelaphi baseNtshonalanga. Ubeseqhuba ngokuthi akukwazi ukuthi umuntu alaphe aphinde abulale, laba abazibiza ngabelaphi kodwa bebulala kumele sibambisane bakhishwe inyumbazane ukuze kuphiliswe I Sizwe, umuntu obulalayo akayona inyanga, ungumthakathi. “

Ebuhleni Nazareth Babtist Church 5th Visit To Enyokeni Royal Palace

His Majesty has directed that we make this important announcement on behalf of the Royal Household and the people of KwaZulu-Natal.

On the 18th and 19th November 2017, thousands of worshippers from eBuhleni Nazareth Babtist Church will attend the 5th Sabbath and Umgidi Royal Ceremony. The two events will take place at eNyokeni Royal Palace starting at 10h00 on both days. This is a build-up prayer to the well-known First Fruit (Umkhosi Woselwa) which commences on the 29th November 2017 at eNyokeni.

The Nazareth Baptist Church is the oldest African Church which was founded by Prophet Isaiah Shembe in 1910. History tells us that the Prophet was sent one day to the Zulu Royal Family to give prayer and holy guidance to King Dinuzulu and the Zulu Nation. It is unfortunate that the Prophet did not find the King at the Royal Palace in Nongoma – as he was already banned and exiled by the British.

After some years, the Prophet again paid a visit to the Royal Family, and he found King Solomon with whom he developed a very good relationship. The Prophet was then joined by many followers – from Nongoma and the surroundings. King Solomon did not only give the prophet a site to build a church, but he also married the prophet’s daughter, Zondi who became one of oNdlunkulu. Critically, a strong relationship developed between the Royalty and the Nazareth Baptist Church even with other Zulu kings who came after King Solomon.

It was in 2010 when the then late leader Prophet Vimbeni Shembe, famously known as “uThingolwenkosazana” got gravely ill and His Majesty, King Goodwill ka Bhekuzulu went to see him at his home.

It is unfortunate that His Majesty could not see “uThingolwenkosazana” as he was prevented by church leaders. The ailing leader died afterwards. The good fellowship developed by the founder of the church, Prophet Isaiah and King Solomon was ruined completely by that incident. Consequently, the Royal Household received messages of concerns and regrets from thousands of Prophet Shembe followers from across the country and in the SADC region. The majority of them pointed out that they were hurt by what certain church leaders had done to His Majesty – who is the Father of the Nation.   

Three years later, in 2013, the new and current leader of the church, Prophet Mduduzi Shembe – known as “uNyazilwezulu”, and his congregation initiated a reconciliation process involving the Royal Family and the Nazareth Baptist church. The process entailed open and frank discussions with church leaders giving a full account on what had led to internal differences. 

The Royal Household appreciated the courageous leadership displayed by church leaders towards peace and reconciliation. A strong bond between the church and the Royal Household was eventually restored during the custom known as Ukuthelelana Amanzi (Forgiveness) held on the 4th of August 2013 at KwaKhangela Palace. The ceremony saw Prophet Mduduzi Shembe and His Majesty reconciling and in the process marking the beginning of a new era. 

This was also followed by Umgidi Ceremony held in November 2013 which was attended by the entire congregation led by Prophet Mduduzi Shembe. The ceremony took place at Enyokeni Traditional Palace shortly before the commencement of uMkhosi woSelwa. Indeed, this was a defining moment for the congregation, the King and the entire Royal Family.

It was then agreed that from that year forth – the Nazareth Baptist Church, the eBuhleni section, would have an Annual Sabbath and uMgidi Royal Ceremony at Enyokeni Palace, and it would forerun the national uMkhosi woSelwa (First-Fruit Ceremony) which is conducted in December every year at eNyokeni.

Umgidi Royal Ceremony will involve deep reflections on Prophet Isaiah Shembe whopreached and did good things. It is hoped that the ceremony will also help ensure that the message of peace and tolerance upon which this church was established more than 100 years ago is spread throughout this province and the country.

As we approach these important events, we pray to God that he grants His Majesty more strength so that he will continue to be the champion of peace, reconciliation and unity of all our people. 

President Zuma To Launch The KwaZulu-Natal Invest SA One Stop Shop In Durban

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma will officially launch the InvestSA One Stop Shop – KwaZulu-Natal (Invest SA OSS) on 18 November 2017 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre. The aim of the provincial Invest SA OSS is to provide strategic guidance, reduce regulatory inefficiencies, and reduce red tape for all investors looking to invest in KwaZulu-Natal.

The process leading to the launch has been an excellent example of collaboration between different levels of government, with the centre to be jointly operated by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) with the Provincial government and KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.

Minister of Trade and industry, Dr Rob Davies says that the value-proposition for the Provincial One Stop Shops is the co-ordination and incorporation of the special economic zones, provincial investment agencies, local authorities and the relevant government departments involved in regulatory, registration, permits and licensing matters.

“South Africa has excellent investment opportunities in all sectors of the economy and a host of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions that are aimed at encouraging commercial activity and, trade rules that favour a further expansion in South Africa’s burgeoning levels of international trade,” says Davies.

The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Willies Mchunu says this facility will assist in facilitating foreign direct investment. “Our long term vision is to become a prosperous province with a healthy, secure and skilled population and acting as a gateway to Africa and the World. As guided by the Provincial Growth and Development Plan, we are focusing on different sectors of the economy such as ICT, maritime, drilling of oil and gas and chemical manufacturing. We continue to invite potential investors representing these sectors, from other parts of the globe, and directing them to all corners of the province including the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone and the Dube Trade Port,” Mchunu points out.

President Jacob Zuma formally announced the establishment of InvestSA in the State of the Nation Address and also informed business leaders of the initiative in February 2016. Business people had informed government on many occasions of the difficulties and delays they incur when having to move from one department or institution to another to obtain licences and other services and government has responded through this initiative.

The InvestSA OSS is a government programme to prioritise and promote investment in South Africa. The National Invest SA One Stop Shop is housed at the the dti Campus in Pretoria.


Revolution prove their worth with hit single “Ngenzenjani na?” featuring Brenda Mtambo.  After a two year hiatus, Revolution, the dance duo is making us dance again.

Revolution return this month with the release of a brand new album, MOSHITO, including the hot new single “Ngenzenjani na?” featuring the powerful vocals of Brenda Mtambo. Pre-order MOSHITO and get the single “Ngenzenjani na?” this Friday, 10 November 2017! The single has already garnered some serious airplay and traction as one of this summer’s anthems.

Made up of Mothiba twins Joseph and George from Alexandra in Johannesburg, this dynamic pair has etched their name in this country’s musical landscape with their thumping beats, ethnic influences and showmanship par excellence.

Moshito, their newest and 16th studio album, will send revellers into a tizz this festive season when it drops, 24 November 2017! The album has a slew of surprise collaborations that will leave their diehard fans satisfied and earn them new followers.

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One of South Africa’s hidden gems, acappela group iComplete is going on a Russian tour with a production called Joys of Sharing. The group made up of four incredible talents, Bubele Mgele, Happy Motha, Bonginkosi Motha and Mluleki Chuma is leaving for Russia on the 12th and stage their last show on the 18th November.

The group will be sharing the stage with the likes of Simphiwe Dana, Wouter Kellerman and dance extraordinaire Gregory Maqoma.

IComplete has released two brand new albums, Isiqala and Nawe, acapella fused with infectious African harmonies, beats and with songs that cater to both the young and old. Their music is uplifting, relatable and proudly African with a global influence from their travels.

The group is elated to be touring Russia especially performing alongside esteemed African artists they love. “It is such an honour to be sharing the stage with Grammy-award winner Wouter Kellerman, we love Simphiwe Dana and Gregory’s work, we are proud to be part of Joys of Sharing, representing our beautiful continent.” Commented Bubele Mgele, bass vocalist.

The group has over the years performed all over the world in venues such as the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, the Royal Theatre Centre in Amsterdam, and also toured Germany, Belgium, England and France among other European countries. They have also worked on a number of theatre productions including “Songs of Migration” and “The Manhattan Brothers Tribute” both well received by critics and audiences alike.

On their return, the group will be working on their album launch.

Interact with iComplete on social media: @iComplete

Musicians, SAMA 24 Entries Are Now Open

The race is on for eligible entrants for the 24th instalment of the South African Music Awards (SAMAs). 

The RiSA CEO, Nhlanhla Sibisi, today announced that the entries for the prestigious SAMAs were officially opening from 1 November 2017 to 31 January 2018.

The SAMAs seek to honour excellence in music by South African artists who have released new material between 1 February 2017 – 31 January 2018, across some over 25 categories encompassing various South African musical genres.

To be eligible for entry, artists should have commercially released their albums from the 01 February 2017 – 31 January 2018.  For more information on the rules for SAMA 24 and the categories thereof, please visit our website on

Comments Sibisi: ‘We have seen a year on year increase over the past two years and we await with great anticipation to see the caliber of entries for SAMA 24. The SAMAs have proved its resilience and mettle as the most coveted music honour South African artists aspire to receive. This is a call to everyone who is a qualifying artist to submit their entries for our consideration and not wait until the last day’.

The entries will be put through a stringent verification process followed by a robust judging process by industry expects as determined by record companies. They will be whittled down to the top 5 nominees in every category. The winner will be decided and announced at a star-studded ceremony later in 2018.

SAHRC Concerned with the Detention of Human Rights Defenders in Tanzania

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission) has noted, with great concern, the raid, arrest and detention of human rights defenders who were holding a meeting on 17th October 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Commission understands that at the time of their arrest, these individuals were meeting to explore the possibility of mounting legal challenges to the government’s ban on drop-in centres serving key populations at risk of HIV, as well as the ban on water-based lubricants, an essential HIV prevention tool. These human rights defenders have since been accused of promoting homosexuality, leading to their arrest and detention for merely attempting to assist others in the realisation of fundamental human rights.

Advocate Bongani Majola, Chairperson of the SAHRC, has contacted the Chairperson of the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG) in Tanzania, and urged that everything possible be done to facilitate the release of the group of human rights defenders.

As has been noted by numerous civil society organisations, it is concerning that this specific event occurred within days of African Human Rights Day, a day commemorated as a day of historical significance on which the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (African Charter) was brought into force on the 21st October 1986 and all State parties that ratified it, committed to adhere to it.

The African Charter, to which Tanzania is a signatory since 1982 and which it then ratified in 1984, provides for the right to liberty and to the security of the person at Article 6. The Commission is concerned that the detention of the group of litigators is an affront to this provision which clearly states: “No one may be deprived of his freedom except for reasons and conditions previously laid down by law. In particular, no one may be arbitrarily arrested or detained.” The Commission also wishes to remind the government of Tanzania that the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights – a continental court established by African countries to ensure the protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa – is seated in Arusha, Tanzania. Tanzania as a state therefore has an important role in the observance of the African Charter and human rights within the continent..

The Commission calls upon the Department of International Relations and Co-operation of the Republic of South Africa to exhaust all efforts in ensuring that all the human rights defenders are released.

The Commission also calls on the African Union to intervene and urges Tanzania to observe its commitments under the African Charter and release these litigators.


DigiFest 4 – Annual Arts & Design Digital Festival DUT 6 – 11 November

The Durban University of Technology’s fourth annual DigiFest takes place from 6 to 11 November, featuring a series of live art activations, innovations, exhibitions, discussions, workshops, music, poetry, dance and drama as well as craft and street food markets.

DigiFest 4, is a public event that looks to celebrate the creative spirit through multimedia projects from disciplines such as visual and performing arts and promotes a collaboration across art, science and technology.

“The theme this year is “glitch” which informs the content of the fest that will engage, contest, celebrate and question the idea of malfunctions, technical mishaps and imperfections in systems,” says Dr Rene Smith Festival Director and Executive Dean: Faculty of Arts & Design. “Curated projects will speak to the disruption and subversion of formats, spaces, places and technologies. It is about questioning and going beyond traditional notions of art in an interdisciplinary, multimedia world, where design and creativity merge and interact with science and technology broadly.”

Opening night takes place on 6 November and will highlight a collaborative live audio visual performance coordinated by Johannesburg-based electronic artist, cultural activist and producer, Marcus Neustetter and featuring a selection of local artists. Sue Gollifer, the chair of the ISEA international board, will be introducing ISEA as a precursor to ISEA2018 (International Symposium on Electronic Art)which takes place in Durban next year. The Alumni and Development Department will be running a competition to pledge support for the Missing Middle campaign.

In a new fashion, the festival will host a series of events across venues in Durban. The KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood comes alive on November 7 with DUT Fine Art Department exhibition, and an installation by Bongumenzi Ngobese, examines elements of sounds, which address issues of context through video. The night features a special performance by Zimbabwean multi-media artist Robert Machiri.

An evening of style takes place at the DUT Brickfield Campus on November 8, with a multi-media fashion experience featuring leading innovations in the fashion and textiles department  joined by a special guest DJ to be announced. B-Tech students final portfolio exhibitions will be on display and student run pop-up shops will have jewellery and craft on sale.

A breakaway session on November 9 at the Green Camp, a creative hub of urban farming and green rehabilitated art in Umbilo, features the premier of the film entitled ‘Street art and mural art as visual activism in Durban” by artist Mook Lion. “A Sketch” is an installation of bricolage video work by Glenn Adendorff and Rob Da Banka closes the night with vinyl loops.

The City Campus explodes with creativity on Friday, November 10 from 10am with a host of prominent speakers in the world of arts, design and digital media. In the courtyard students entrepreneurs showcase their products and innovations. Exhibitions open throughout the afternoon and feature projects from various departments including graphic design, jewellery, interior design, journalism and video technology as well as individual exhibitions from range of young local artists working in the digital arts.

The Talk Fest at the City Campus that day includes speakers Sheetal Cross (RSA) – Virtual Reality, Kirstin Wiedow (Namibia) NUST-DUT Polar Project, Mari Pete (RSA) – Glitches in ELearning, Prof Oliviera (Brazil) – LabInter Project, Tegan Bristow (RSA) Fakugesi Festival, Arjon Dunnewind (Netherlands) – Frankenstein in the Garden of Eden.

The Makerspace hosts a workshop that will allow a fixed number of participants the opportunity to collaborate and build doodle bots. This session will open to all on a first come basis, and submissions can be done via

The day culminates with the popular PechaKucha, a gathering of inspired minds who presents ideas, thoughts, dreams and creative insights. This year some of the speakers include Llwellyn Makhanya (Photographer), Richard Gevers (Civic Data Activist), Mark Stuart (Developer), Brad Vause (Musician, app developmer), Zwelisha Giampietri (Multi-media designer), Sihle Mthembu (Journalist), Bylwansta (Designer and Rapper) and more.

On Saturday, November 11 the Steve Biko Campus becomes the focus with live performances in the form of poetry and open mic sessions, a cross-platform theatrical piece entitled Duped and a hip hop battle closing the evening with a great line-up of music by ByLwansta, Gaba, Rude Boyz, Moonchild, Sibot and Toyota and Sparks Bantwana.

A highlight of the DigiFest 4 this year is The Digital Battle, which will take place at the DUT Gallery on November 11. This Digital Battle is a live head-to-head design tournament where participants flex their skills in front of an audience and compete for some great prizes. The  competitors will engage in a battle of their choice including 2D design, animation, character design and video editing. Entries are now open and close on November 8, head over to to sign up.

“We are pleased to be presenting DigiFest 4 again this year, as it provides a valuable opportunity for students to showcase their work, and to collaborate with professionals and other creatives,” says Steve Jones, Festival Manager. “We aim to build an event that stands tall on the Durban calendar and engages the highest level of the work from around the world to be presented.

All are welcome and entrance is free with exception of 11 November events at Steve Biko where tickets will be free for students and R40 for the public.

The full programme can be found on the website

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Distruction Boyz Promises To Keep South Africa On Their Feet This Festive Season #GqomIsTheFuture

The much anticipated Distruction Boyz album #GqomIsTheFuture is finally coming out on Friday the 20th of October and Gqom fans can already pre-order it on iTunes.

Kwa-Mashu boys; Thobani ‘Cue’ Mgobhozi (21) & Zipho ‘Gold’ Mthembu (22) are popular Gqom DJ’s & producers, South African Music Awards (SAMAs) Nominees, WOLOLO and Shut up & groove hit makers who go by the name, Distruction Boyz.

Gqom is a dark and hypnotic club sound from Durban but has reached global standards and Distruction Boyz aims to make history – with the help of their fans to become the 1st to release a Gqom album to reach Gold in album sales

“It feels like a dream to finally get such a rare opportunity to release our debut album.

God has been amazing but we cannot forget our supporters from all over Mzansi. Thank you for the support – we do this for you” says Gold. 

 “The festive season officially kicks starts this Friday and we hope bra God extends December with 3 more days because there will be a lot of dancing this summer. Thank you to all the people who inspire us, support us and work with us – without you, there would be no Distruction Boyz. Please get the album iyashisa HAIBOOO” Cue concludes excitedly.

Be part of the conversation by following the hashtags #GqomIsTheFuture #DistructionBoyzGoesGold and make sure to follow Distruction Boyz on social media.

Durban Chamber Comment on the Impact of the Storm

The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the opportunity to comment on the impact of Durban’s storm. The Chamber would like to pass its heartfelt condolences to families and friends of those people who have passed away as a result of this week’s adverse weather conditions we are deeply saddened by the devastation.

Businesses in Durban have reported extensive damage to property and loss of productivity. Valuable assets that contribute to the day to day operations of businesses were put at risk to the extent of some losing these assets. In addition, the South of Durban was crippled by the weather conditions, as a result making it difficult for people to reach various business destinations. The South of Durban is a host to some of the country’s largest manufacturers: including Toyota. Our Deputy President who is the Senior Vice President of Toyota SA said, “the Toyota plant was in absolute chaos and all employees had to be evacuated from the plant due to extensive flooding and roofs flying off”. Small businesses have also reported devastation with a huge challenge of getting back onto their feet and once again opening for business.

An insurance company has reported that losses due to infrastructure damage from this week’s destructive storm in KZN could amount to between R400m and R500m (the estimate includes uninsured losses).

A storm of this magnitude is detrimental to the local economy especially in an already depressed economic environment. With many businesses being forced to cease operations as a result to damaged property, low productivity and the inability to travel to various destinations all placing  huge pressure on the local economy. This translates into poor turnaround times and inefficiencies that amount to significant losses for business and in turn the economy. Over and above this, small businesses may not have adequate insurance to recover the losses, hence, jeopardizing the existence and sustainability of these businesses going forward. If these losses are not recovered over time the local economy can suffer significantly.

The Durban Chamber is taking a two pronged approach in providing support to local businesses and communities.

The Durban Chamber has set up a Durban Chamber Business Disaster Relief Call Centre in partnership with Vodacom and First Call Centre Solutions. The purpose of this call centre is to help link businesses with the relevant help needed. Businesses can contact the call centre on0870862507.

Durban businesses are working hard to stabilise their business operations after the storm, they remain committed to the vision of the Durban Chamber- “in business for a better world”. To this end, the Durban Chamber is collecting any contributions from business towards the most vulnerable communities worst hit by the storm. Food, clothing and building supplies are desperately required to rebuild our vulnerable communities. In addition, suggested relief items include: bottled water, filter masks, mould killer, insect repellent, towels, blankets, non- perishable food, baby diapers, bleach, brooms, mops, candles, matches, shovels, bleach wipes, hand sanitizer, triple- antibiotic ointment, work gloves, rubber boots, buckets, toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste etc.) batteries, mattresses and stationery.

Thus, far businesses have come on board in support of this initiative. The Durban Chamber continues to encourage business to continue to support this initiative. Drop- off points for items that business or individuals are willing to sponsor include the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry Offices, 892 Umgeni Road, Lion Match Office Park and Pick n Pay stores.

Curtain Call for the Royalty Soapie Awards – Entries are now open for SAs most esteemed Soapie Awards

After two years of refinement, the glitz, glamour and excitement of the Royalty Soapie Awards (RSAs) will be returning in 2018, and all soap operas shown in South Africa and their production companies are invited to enter. Taking place on March 17th at the Durban International Convention Centre, the new and improved event promises to honour the soap opera industry on a night that will never be forgotten.


As before, the event that celebrates the achievements of the South African soap opera sector will continue to honour all role-players in the industry including writers, actors, producers, set designers, technicians and more. Soapie viewers are of course a vital voice and they too will get a chance to express their views when they vote in the all-important Most Popular Soapie of the Year category.


Next year, several new and exciting developments will take the RSAs to the next level. One example of this is the establishment of the Royalty Soapie Foundation (RSF), which will be the social responsibility beneficiary for the ceremony going forward. The RSF will seek to assist young South Africans from marginalised communities and rural areas, as well as other designated groups such as the disabled, to gain access to education and skills specifically in the film and television sector.


“We are excited to be back and the awards event promises to deliver more shimmer and shine than ever before! With the launch of the RSF, the RSAs have been given new meaning because the effects of the show now extend way beyond one incredible night, and will translate into a year-long social responsibility programme,” says Royalty Soapie Awards Chief Executive Officer, Winnie Ntshaba.


Image Nomzamo Mbatha and Mampho Brescia (Red Carpet)

“By doing this, the RSAs will also help to stimulate conversation and reflection on pressing socio-economic issues pertinent to the industry,” Ntshaba concludes. To watch a special video message from Ntshaba, click here.


Entries into these exciting industry awards open on October 12th to all soap operas shown on South African television screens between August 1st 2016 and August 30th 2017. Entries close November 30th 2017 and production companies can consult the RSA rule book, outlining the thorough processes for fair and inclusive participation in the event. Included in this resource will be comprehensive information on eligibility, entry, adjudication, awarding and other relevant details which can be found on the redesigned RSA website,   


The Royalty Soapie Awards not only recognises accomplishments in the local television sector and honours the stars of the genre, but it also seeks to promote creativity, quality and excellence in South African soapie productions. It is cause for great celebration that the Awards are returning in 2018 to give the industry the credit it truly deserves.


There is an air of adventure that permeates KwaZulu-Natal, a kind of irresistible allure to investigate its nuances and experience its heart. A big part of this appeal comes from its rich history and heritage, which has infused every part of it with a magical quality of diversity; celebrating differences and appreciating how the complex Zulu culture has shaped the vibrant, modern KZN of today.

Although this province is bursting at the seams with glitzy malls, cutting-edge entertainment centres, and an endless variety of adventure sports; it is also home to some fantastic cultural villages. Visiting these gives guests the opportunity to meet with locals, listen to traditional songs, watch as they put on a dance performance to the beat of African drums, sample local cuisine, visit a traditional tavern (shebeen), and get a glimpse into the life and customs of the Zulu folk.

Across the province, there are several villages that invite visitors to be part of the Zulu experience. These include:

Dumazulu Traditional Village

Lot H29, Bushlands Road, Hluhluwe, Zululand

Enjoy the song and dance show, followed by a delicious traditional lunch, which wouldn’t be complete without tasting the rich beer brewed on site. Arts and crafts are also on sale and are particularly special as they are all completely ‘green’; produced from the land with no harmful or synthetic processes or products. Dumazulu is an important resource for supporting the local Zulu community in Hluhluwe.

Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village

Normanhurst Farm, R66, Eshowe, Zululand

This is a fun and authentic Zulu culture experience. In addition to performances and traditional food, visitors also get a chance to sit with the local sangoma (witch doctor) and the herbalist (inyanga), participate in a ceremony, and buy beautiful goods as reminders of their time here. For those that have a little time, a tour to King Shaka’s kraal is complemented by a movie about this powerful king.


Stewarts Farm, Eshowe, Zululand

The cultural show and the tour through this Zulu village are highly recommended. Visitors can expect fantastic songs and dances, and an opportunity to meet the chief of this village as he addresses his visitors with authority and grace. A six-course meal is included in this memorable experience. Products on offer include animal skins, woven baskets, beadwork and even traditional weapons.

Simunye Zulu Village

Melmoth, Zululand

Situated right in the heart of the Mfule River Valley, against spectacular backdrops, is the charming Simunye Zulu Village. Visitors are taken by donkey cart or ox wagon from the old trading store to get the opportunity to meet the Zulu folk, watch their performances, and listen to the soulful beat of the drums. Languorous traditional meals on the river banks or around the fire make this just about perfect.

Of course, KwaZulu-Natal is home to many more traditional villages. Each has its own unique drawcard. Families, honeymooning couples, corporate teams and backpackers alike will love exploring these and meeting the intriguing people that contribute to the magic of our Rainbow Nation.


Carpooling: Sharing is Caring

Every day, hundreds of thousands of South Africans travel to and from work, chasing their dreams and hustling for their next paycheck.

If you live 20 km from your place of work, travel times can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on where you live and what the traffic is like. Five days a week, four weeks a month, 12 months a year… Deducting a few weeks of leave, that means that you’ll spend about 340 hours a year travelling to and from work. That’s 340 hours sitting in your car, alone, listening to the radio – almost 10 000 km worth of petrol eating its way out of your bank account.

Sounds like a lot right? So what’s the solution?

You could keep doing what you’re doing: it’s worked for you so far, right? Well, maybe not: escalating congestion levels are affecting major metropolises across the country, and authorities seem powerless to ease the gridlock. That 340 hours could soon turn into 400, or 500 – when is enough, enough?

We’re not saying you should consider selling a car, but there have got to be other options!

You could take public transport, but that, too, is unreliable – just ask any Cape Town commuter who has lost hours from their day thanks to MetroFail. There are the well-documented safety issues to consider as well.

Well, there is another way: carpooling.

What is carpooling?

The Beatles said it best: we’ll get by with a little help from our friends. Carpooling or lift-clubbing is basically the process of sharing rides to a predetermined destination with one or more passengers who live nearby: friends, colleagues, fellow students or complete strangers. Drivers and passengers will discuss how they will alternate vehicles and responsibilities, as well as how they’ll pay an agreed-upon fare for each trip.

So why does carpooling make so much sense?

Well, obviously splitting the travel costs by half or more can make a huge difference to your monthly budget. But having someone in the car with you prevents the monotony of sitting in traffic all by your lonesome, day after day. It gives you the chance to catch up with friends, catch up on work or catch a few winks (if you’re the passenger, of course!).

Your car also gets something out of the deal, as well: driving fewer kilometres means less wear and tear and less maintenance.

Then there are the benefits to the world around you: imagine if every single driver you see on the roads during rush hour was sharing a ride with one of the others? Reduce the number of cars on the road and you reduce congestion. Less cars also means less pollution and less of an impact on climate change.

What’s not to love about carpooling?

Well, the logistics, for one: just one change to a finely-tuned carpool schedule can put everyone’s day into a tailspin, and the more people you’re ride-sharing with, the more variables there are in play. You’re one schedule-change, destination-change or sick day away from a logistical nightmare.

If starting your own lift-club sounds like too much effort, there are a few local carpooling apps like JumpInRides and CarTrip that you can use instead.

Tips for being the ideal carpool member:

#1 Set the fare in advance – and stick to it

#2 Don’t be late, don’t make ‘em wait

#3 Keep in contact

#4 Always have a plan B, for those unavoidable disruptions

#5 Get it serviced – if you’re worried that your ride may not be up to scratch, check out CarZar’s fuel consumption calculator!

#6 Personal hygiene – no one wants to share a ride with smelly (that includes too much perfume or cologne) passenger


Star Quality Management Opens Up Durban Office & Grooms Young Talent

Two brilliant young women, prominent in the entertainment industry, Zinzi Zungu and Miranda Ntshangase’s marriage in Star Quality Management has birthed numerous and exciting talents seen on local TV screens. The growth of this Management and Actors Academy has spread from Gauteng to Kwa-Zulu Natal, with a new Durban office up and running.

Young actors are invited to an educational workshop from the 4th-6th October and an Open Day on the 28th October, in Durban.

The Johannesburg branch is holding acting classes every Saturday from 10:00. They are also hosting a Young Actor’s Workshop from the 2nd-6th October and one from the 9th – 13th October.

“Star Quality Management, is pleased to announce the opening of it’s Durban office, located in Glenwood. With one of it’s founders being from Durban it was inevitable that  we would finally open our doors to all the undiscovered mass talent that the kingdom of the Zulus has to offer. The Durban office will see SQM bring enhanced performance opportunities in all areas  of KZN.

We are very excited and pleased with this initiative and look forward to serving both existing and new talent from the Jhb office as we grow our business as one of South Africa leading talent agencies.

Interested candidates are welcome and should submit their headshots, demos and resumes to” commented Zinzi.

Star Quality Management was established in 2012, in order to change mindsets on artist management and improve drama training within the media industry by introducing more talented individuals to the industry.

Miranda Ntshangase, is an AFDA Graduate. Who has graced the SA Television screens as a Presenter and Actress. Along with running her own music studio and being a Recording artist, Miranda saw a gap in the industry which led to her joining forces with her partner Zinzi in starting Star Quality Management.

Having established a solid career for herself, her dream was to be able to create stability and direction for future performers. For years SQ has trained and managed

many popular faces within the acting industry and has solidified themselves as a key player in the industry.

Zinzi Zungu hails from the Kingdom of the Zulus where her television career began. She started off at the age of 16 as a regional TV presenter for the ETV children’s show Craze. She went on to do various corporate videos as well as voice over work for Craze and radio stations in Durban. Her Passion for the arts saw her move to Johannesburg to attend the Prestigious South African school of Motion picture and Live performance, where she obtained her degree in Live performance. Her pursuit of knowledge saw her also go on and study a course in Public Relations at PRISA. She is currently studying towards another degree at Wits Majoring in Psychology and Politics. Where she hopes to obtain her Masters of Arts in Drama Therapy.

The agency has placed artists in numerous productions, commercials and films in south Africa. SQM is currently a part of NAMA – the National Association of Modelling Agencies.

Innovation Durban Festival To Position Durban As A Globally Recognised Innovative And Smart City

EThekwini Municipality is gearing up to host the esteemed Innovation Durban Festival from 4 to 6 October 2017 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The Festival will provide a platform to discuss factors that will help sustain the competitiveness of the City.

The three-day conference is also aimed at empowering the youth and will bring together creative minds from different sectors to deliberate on a number of innovative and people-centered development based topics.

Themed: “Creating a future Durban”, the Festival will display a collaboration of local innovation and development in urban renewal, information and communications technology as well as infrastructure sectors with a touch of electric art and design.

Technology experts from global and local partners will share their skills on the role youth can play to enhance the social and economic profile of the City. The work of talented youth who were winners of the Innovation Challenge held earlier this year will also be profiled.

EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said innovation has been identified as one of the key drivers of local economic development and job creation. And as such the Municipality has initiated the Innovate Durban Programme to enhance economic growth and job creation, she said.

“This is one of the key programmes we use to enhance the culture of innovation in business, urging aspiring entrepreneurs to drive the radical economic transformation agenda in eThekwini.  With the Innovation Festival we want to ensure that our residents are exposed to important knowledge and skills to improve their quality of life,” said Mayor Gumede.

The Festival will feature a number of esteemed business specialists including Jonathan Ayache, General Manager of Uber and Dr Craig McLeod co-founder of Build, a website company working closely with Google, Facebook and Microsoft. Running simultaneously with the Festival will be youth seminars aimed to help the youth address socio-economic challenges using modern devices. Topics include ‘Internet for all digital divide’ by Durban Global Shapers as well ‘Revolutionary Technology’ by The MakerSpace.

Mayor Gumede said she is confident that the line-up of experts will prove invaluable to the youth and other participants. “They will lead the way on how we can work together towards creating a sustainable and competitive City while building a nurturing environment for generations to come,” she added.

The Durban Chamber KZN Exporter of the Year Nominees Announced

The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry in partnership with Transnet Port terminals hosted a breakfast on 04 October to announce the nominees of this year’s KZN Exporter of the Year Awards. KwaZulu Natal is home to two of the largest and busiest ports in South Africa. Exports aid in the improvement of our country’s balance of trade through earning foreign revenue, which also serve to boost manufacturing demand domestically, creating jobs and developing skills. Over the years the role of exports in South Africa’s economic strategy has become pivotal in developing and maintaining economic growth.

The KZN Exporter of the Year marks the 17th year of these prestigious Awards which are aimed at recognising the role players in this industry. The aim of the awards, which are taking place on 19th October 2017, is to encourage new entrants and help existing exporters grow their businesses and develop new markets. The awards are held in partnership with Transnet Port Terminals; a key enabler of exporters and the country’s leading terminal operator responsible for commercial import and export.

“It is fitting that during Transport and Maritime Month that we recognize exporters who are key role players and drivers for what makes a good economy work. Our partnership with these companies and individuals who are at the forefront of exporting is vital because we as a leading terminal operator play a critical role in ensuring that the wheels of this country’s economy are continuously turning. We are proud to be still be involved with an event of this magnitude,“ stated Nozipho Sithole, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) Chief Executive. 

KZN’s major export products include aluminum, vehicles, iron, steel, ore, machinery, paper, pulp, varying chemical products, mineral fuels, oils, mechanical appliances and electrical equipment. Exporting companies and individuals are encouraged to enter these awards as increased participation from businesses across KZN will only strengthen a global footprint in exports and make the province more competitive.

The Durban Chamber is committed to the economic growth and development of KwaZulu Natal (KZN), South Africa (SA) and Africa as a continent. Our primary strategic objective is not only to advocate on behalf of the eThekwini business community but it is also to facilitate and promote economic growth in the region in partnership with strategic stakeholders. “The significance of taking a business from humble beginnings into the international arena is proof of strategic business focus, sound business principals, high customer focus, and continuous research and development. One of the sectors we have supported over many years is the export industry”, states Dumile Cele, CEO of the Durban Chamber.

Winners and nominees of the competition receive tremendous media exposure and are offered assistance and close support in prerequisites to successful exports as well as access to incentives for which they qualify. This is through the strategic partners that support the awards which include; the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Economic Affairs (EDTEA), Trade & Investment KwaZulu Natal (TIKZN), EThekwini Maritime Cluster (EMC), Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and the Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC).

We are pleased to announce this year’s nominees in the following categories;

  1. New Exporter:
  1. Give it Back CC
  2. Siyakha Imperial Printing Co.
  3. Scenicel (Pty) Ltd

  1. Medium:   
  1. Bata South Africa
  2. Factocode (Pty) Ltd
  3. Saddler Belts & Leathercrafts (Pty) Ltd
  4. Zungu-Elgin Engineering (Pty)Ltd         

  1. Large:  
  1. SAPPI Southern Africa
  2. SUMITOMO Rubber South Africa (PTY) Ltd
  3. Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd
  4. PKF Electronics Holdings Pty Ltd
  5. Ferro South Africa
  6. CMA CGM Shipping Agency
  7. Inhep Electronics
  8. BBF SAFETY GROUP                 

  1. Africa:
  1. Protea Chemicals
  2. SUMITOMO Rubber South Africa (PTY) Ltd
  3. Ferro South Africa
  4. Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd
  5. Bata South Africa
  6. Inhep Electronics
  7. Zungu-Elgin Engineering  (Pty) Ltd

  1. Service Providers:
  1. Mediterranean Shippng Company ( Pty) Ltd
  2. Saltrans Logistics
  3. Triple S Shipping
  4. Kuehne+Nagel (Pty) Ltd

  1. Manufacturers:
  1. SAPPI Southern Africa
  2. SUMITOMO Rubber South Africa (PTY) Ltd
  3. Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd
  4. Bata South Africa
  5. Factocode (Pty) Ltd T/A Microfinish
  6. Ferro South Africa
  7. Zungu-Elgin Engineering  (Pty) Ltd
  8. Inhep Electronics
  9. Scenicel (Pty) Ltd

  1. Creative Industries:
  1. Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust t/a Woza Moya
  2. Africa! Ignite

Award winners will be announced at the Durban ICC on 19 October at the Awards Gala Banquet. Tickets are available for table purchases and at individual seats: Members: R9 900 | per seat: R1100. Non-Members: R11 000 | per seat: R1 250.

Promoting household food production through urban farming

The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, General Bheki Cele (MP) will promote various ways of producing food in urban areas during an imbizo on urban farming in Umlazi V section, KwaZulu-Natal. The imbizo, which will be held under the theme: “The Year of OR Tambo: Celebrating Our Liberation Heritage”, will be dedicated to promoting urban farming and to highlight the role that various religious groups can play in order to feed the community.

There will be demonstrations of urban farming methods such as the Tower Garden, where greywater is used, family drip system through rainwater harvesting and Pallets gardening by the use of compost for planting.

The Deputy Minister will plant a vegetable garden and fruit trees at the church field and establish orchards at Coastal College. He will also visit and assist agricultural and aquaculture projects in the area. Sixty-two households have been identified to receive starter pack packs, seeds and fruit trees.

Details of the event: 

Date:   Thursday, 21 September 2017

Venue: St Augustine’s Anglican Church (KwaMdladla), Mangosuthu Highway, Umlazi, V Section.

Project visits

Time: 08:30 -11:30

Main event

Umlazi Comtech High School Sports Ground

Ethekwini Municipality, (Mangosuthu Highway)

Mayor outlines the Municipality’s plans to rejuvenate the inner City

A robust plan to rejuvenate the Durban Central Business District (CBD) was tabled today, 15 September by eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede during the official launch of the radical CBD clean-up and safety programme.

Supported by the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and the business community, the programme’s launch, which took place at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, highlighted strategies and interventions the City has in place to revive the inner City. This, said Mayor Gumede, will attract investments and create more employment.

The programme aims to address cleanliness and safety related issues which includes crime and grime, illegal trading and derelict buildings.

Mayor Gumede applauded City officials for the great work undertaken in the past three weeks as part of the first phase of the programme that ensured cleanliness, compliance and safety.

“To sustain the great strides achieved, the Supply Chain Management process is underway to appoint a dedicated team to take full responsibility of CBD urban management,” she said.

Mayor Gumede outlined the key elements of the programme which are; safety and security, saying that an outcome-based visible security team is to carry out key protection mandates with clear indicators for each precinct.

The second element is to promote informal trading by streamlining trading areas, providing associated facilities and having a progression plan for street traders as they are positive contributors to the local Gross Domestic Product.

The third element of the programme is ensuring a revived waste management plan, which will talk to business needs as well as residents. The City will also continue to implement its by-law enforcement strategy.

Furthermore, the City will continue carrying out its environmental awareness campaigns and stimulate interest and active participation from communities to promote, enhance and protect the green areas in the City.

Mayor Gumede said the CBD clean-up is one of the Municipality’s signature programme that is expected to fulfil its 2030 vision of being Africa’s most caring and liveable City.

“What I just presented are clear and achievable goals which will result in us attracting more investors, creating 250 000 jobs and accommodating 450 000 people when the plan is fully developed.”

Newly appointed DCCI President Musa Makhunga pledged his commitment to the City’s programme, saying he will utilise all the chamber’s business structures to drive this mandate.

“It is practical and possible as I have seen it succeeding in other cities,” said Makhunga.

During the launch, a consolidated radical Durban CBD regeneration enforcement strategy and eThekwini integrated inner City local area plan was presented for businesses, stakeholders and residents to give input.

iComplete ReBrands & Releases Two Soulful Albums

Previously known as Complete the group now go by the name iCOMPLETE (pronounced e Complete).  This new name is the isiZulu way of saying their name and one that uniquely identifies and celebrates their African heritage.

iCOMPLETE is a vocal group made up of four talented musicians, Happy Motha, Bonginkosi Motha, Mluleki Chuma and Bubele Mgele all hailing from the township of Vosloorus south east of Johannesburg in South Africa. Formed in 2001, the group’s music ranges from classical, gospel and afro pop to isicathamiya. These four soulful voices have performed at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals such as the Celtic Festival in Scotland, and have shared stages with respected and world renowned stars such as Jamie Cullum, the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, Hugh Masekela, Themba Mkhize, Sibongile Khumalo, The Baobab Sisters, Yasek Manzano and Selaelo Selota among others.  Their sound has been described as “feel good and inspiring music” and speaks of real life experiences that many listeners can relate to. The group consciously seeks to give hope and spread love to their ever growing fan base both locally and internationally. In 2014 the group has won an international Bassies award for Outstanding Music Composition in New York.

 The group have over the years performed all over the world in venues such as the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, the Royal Theatre Centre in Amsterdam, and also toured Germany, Belgium, England and France among other European countries. They have also worked on a number of theatre productions including “Songs of Migration” and “The Manhattan Brothers Tribute” both well received by critics and audiences alike.

In the last two years they signed to Makotopong Sound Studios a record label renowned for great technical production standards and allowing their artists creative freedom. They have spent the time touring and recording their first professional album.  The material they recorded was enough for a double album but organically and logically evolved into two albums with two distinctly separate flavours.

‘Isiqalo – The Beginning” (released under the name Complete in July 2017 to coincide with their recent tour of Europe) is already available online. This ten track acapella album, fully represents the group’s dynamics and is a perfect teaser for their next offering. Their second album titled ‘NAWE’ (to be released shortly under the new name iCOMPLETE) shows off the group’s harmonic voices backed by some very talented and accomplished instrumentalists and producers.  These two albums, ‘Isiqalo – The Beginning’ – (the starter) – and ‘Nawe’– (the main course) – are an absolute treat for their fast growing fan base and will no doubt attract even more fans to (the dessert) – the group’s live performances!

The first performance from their new albums in South Africa will be on the 16th September at the Joburg Theatre where they will once again be sharing the stage with Danish artists “Baobab Sisters” as part of the Arts Alive program.


Profile: Dee Wyz

Born Wandile Dlamini, Dee Wyz is a 19 year old Hip Hop Muso signed under Chauffeured Dream from Durban. An extrovert who is soul-driven, fun to be around and proud of his roots and traditions.

 He matriculated at Hillcrest High School in 2015 and began his music career at the age of 13. Dee Wyze has performed at a number of events including the Live -Amp official Metro Awards Pre-Party held in Artizen Lounge in 2016. One of his greatest career highlights includes opening for L’vovo and sharing a stage with Da LES, Kwesta, Nomuzi Mabena & Duncan to name a few.

Purchase the song on iTunes and follow @OfficialDeeWyz on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Final programme for the 5th Ugu Film Festival released to media and stakeholders

Preparations for the 5th Ugu Film Festival gained further momentum​ as organizers unveiled the final programme for this year’s edition at a media briefing at Umhlanga’s The Pearls Boutique Restaurant and Cafe.

Festival founder and curator Mr Senzo Zindela  was excited to announce the final programme for the 5th Ugu Film Festival which from humble beginnings has managed to draw investment, international film producers and tourists to the Ugu District. The programme includes industry workshops, screenings at surrounding townships and rural areas as well as the opening and closing night film screenings.

Isivivane sikaShaka, a local film produced and directed by Port Shepstone based filmmakers, is scheduled as the opening film for this year. The micro-budget film is the inspiration behind this year’s theme- ‘Unity is Power: uniting to restore the original narrative’ because of the effort and sacrifice that went into producing it and retelling the UShaka narrative in its most original form.

“Books have been written about King Shaka of which most of them have twisted facts, this documentary goes deep and unpacks unknown things. It was produced as a community project where all stakeholders contributed what they know to make it a success, and the good thing about it is that it is starring up and coming actors from UMthwalume. It is a well-crafted doccie-film that must not be missed.” said festival curator Mr Senzo Zindela.

Vaya, which is directed by Akin Omotoso, will close the 5th edition of the Ugu Film Festival. The film interweaves three separate plots, which intersect and intertwine in a gripping, deeply moving and often funny narrative about struggling for survival and dignity in the city. The film scooped the Best South African Feature Film award at the recent Durban International Film Festival.

Other films that will be screened include, Mbongeni Ngema’s Asinamali, Bad Genius produced locally by a Thai crew as well as Unknowna micro-budget film produced by local film makers. The confirmed screenings and industry workshops are;

21 September- Opening night (Wild Coast Casino)

22-24 September- Industry programme (Deroches Hotel)

24 September- Closing Night (St Michael’s Beach)

Outreach visits and screenings will take place at Gamalakhe hall, Umthwalume Hall and Margate Library at 14h00 from 22 to 24 September.

Durban Chamber 161st Annual Gala Dinner: Afric it’s time

The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) was established 161 years ago and has held an Annual Gala Dinner every year during time. Not surprisingly, the event is regarded as a highlight in the Durban (and KZN) business calendar. Following on from the World Economic Forum held in Durban earlier this year, the theme for the 161st Annual Gala Dinner was, “Africa, it’s time”, in line with the recognition that Africa is the next economic frontier. There is a renewed sense that Business leadership will be critical in this dispensation to ensure that Africa turns its fortunes to the benefit of all her inhabitants. We would like to thank our platinum partners, Vodacom, and our gold partners, ECR and The Mercury for their continued support. Both the Mercury and the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry are celebrating over 160 years of business leadership.

Song and dance carried the colossal theme throughout the evening as guests were taken on a cultural journey through Africa. The production that was lead by eThekwini’s living legend, founder of kwaMashu Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre, Mr Edmund Mhlongo who is also the brainchild of the cultural musical spectacular “Bayede Shaka: The Spear Is Born.

South African activist, actor, storyteller, poet, playwright, director and author, Gcina Mhlophe mesmerised the audience as she programme directed through rich storytelling, a culture that is a profound tradition throughout Africa. Gcina’s is one of the few woman storytellers whose business success can be told through her charismatic poetic performance. Jacquie Bhana complimented Gcina as co-programme director as she added the business narrative to the programme. Jacquie who is currently the Chair of the Human Resources Forum at the Durban Chamber, where she has played an active leadership and advocacy role. She also serves on the Chamber’s Council.

The dinner also saw the inauguration of the Chamber’s new leadership whose vision is, “In Business for a better world”. Mr Musa Makhunga, Managing Director of HR Matters, was inaugurated as the Chamber’s new president. He succeeds Mr Zeph Ndlovu who took the helms in 2015. In his inaugural address Musa outlined that the Durban Chamber would become leaders in leading business towards “Profits with Conscience”. Makhunga said “There is a view that Government finds itself having to deal with the economic conditions alone without visible business involvement.  It is for this reason that we believe the Business Community and Government should stand together in addressing these issues.  In our view this can only happen if we realise and accept that both Government and Business seek to develop a prosperous society.  This could be expressed as profice or service delivery by Business and Government, respectively. If both Government and the Business Community agree that they are both in Business for a better world, our City can easily work towards making Durban no.1 or no.2 in terms of contributing to the national GDP.  As DCCI leadership, we are committed to facilitating this City’s economic growth by creating conversation platforms where meaningful engagements could take place.  We have area and sectoral fora which we are earmarking for these.  We are even prepared to consider other innovative ways for Business and Government to engage, converse and dialogue more.”

Highlights of the dinner included the launch of the first Durban Business Code of Ethics, which encourages businesses to come on board the Ethics Revolution by owning up first and putting up their hands against any unethical behaviour. The Chamber has appealed to businesses to subscribe to being ethical, bringing the realisation to other stakeholders, that while corruption does not pay, but good ethics do.

The Code is designed around eight main principles namely:

  1. Legislation & the Government
  2. Employees
  3. Customers
  4. Suppliers
  5. Owners and Investors
  6. Competition
  7. Communities
  8. Environment

Founding signatories included (Picture attached):

1. Grant Thornton Durban
2. Ithala Development Finance Corporation Limited
3. BSN Medical
4. Vibrant Direct
5. Sodexo Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd
6. The Mercury
7. Tongaat Hulett

The keynote address was delivered by Mr Eric Tocknell, who is the founder of Wimpy Restaurants Group in the Southern Hemisphere. This visionary leader is relentless in his efforts to release the economic genius in every person he can reach as he is convinced that, “It is Time for the Sleeping Giant of South Africa to Arise.” Eric wowed the audience reminding them that the driving force that makes the great, great amounts to more than just inordinate ideas and wealth, it is “the ability to think big, act big and be big. If your dreams do not frighten you then they are not big enough. Your dreams should make hairs stand on your skin when thinking about them; they should ignite a fire in you that motivates you to chase them daily. Refuse to do nothing, refuse to limit yourself to anything that hinders you moving forward and most importantly, refuse mediocrity”.

The Durban Chamber’s 161st Annual Gala Dinner was indeed an incredible night that reminded each one of us that in Africa, we have enough; we are enough, challenging everyone to take their rightful place to ensure that #DurbanMustRise.


The 5th Gospel Icon Discovery Competition Finals Happening In Ohlange

In less than a week, one gospel star hopeful will have their dreams realised when they are crowned as the 2017 Gospel Icons Discovery winner.  The grand finale of the 5th edition of the prestigious competition is scheduled to take place on 17 September at Ohlange Sports Ground in Inanda.

Approximately 36 finalists will sing their hearts out to impress judges; Malusi Mbokazi, Thulani Ga Ndlela, DJ Happygal and Thina Zungu.  The competition which is divided into soloists, groups and odwinkidwinki (under 14 years) will see winners in each category walk away with R20 000 cash.  Groups and soloists will also receive a full album recording deal with one of the leading recording companies in the City while odwinkidwinki receive a scholarship to be coached on a musical instrument of their choice at the Durban Music School.

Another highlight for the winner of this years’ edition is an opportunity to perform at the ESSENCE Festival Gospel Concert, where they will share the stage with internationally acclaimed gospel stars such as Joyous Celebration and Bishop TD Jakes.

The judges, who are also esteemed musicians, have travelled to all wards of the City to uncover the talent.  After a vigorous elimination process, the 36 finalists will undergo training where they will be skilled on presentation, understanding the music industry and other essential techniques to ensure that they are able to sustain their chosen career path – gospel music.

Members of the community are invited to come and watch the Grand Finale and support their favourite finalists.  Entry is free.

Going Green Conference | Heritage Month

The Going Green Conference takes place at the Department of Public Works Auditorium in Pietermaritzburg on 13-15 September 2017.

The theme, “Public Infrastructure leading through Innovation and Green Technologies”, will challenge decision makers in government and the private sector to confront new thinking about the environment.

The Going Green Conferences (GGCs) began as a vision to bring together building design professionals to exchange industry knowledge on improving green design processes within the built environment.

“Now its fifth year the conference is widely regarded as one of the leading training and development platforms for built environment professionals in South Africa,” said KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works, Ravi Pillay.

“It will provide an open platform for industry specialists to exchange technical knowledge with public sector professionals working in building services and maintenance of public facilities.”

GGC2017 is hosted by Green Building Design Group in partnership with Public Works.  Songo Didiza, the CEO of the Green Building Design Group added, “The target audience for the conference are all building design professionals namely engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, contractors including the private trading and manufacturing businesses that are actively involved within the built environment industry in South Africa.”

Key topics include sustainable water infrastructure services, energy services, resource efficiency and innovative finance mechanisms that can be used to fast track sustainable public infrastructure projects in the country.

Pillay is pleased that the conference will also offer networking and career development opportunities for emerging and student professionals through the “Student Green Innovations Day” which takes on 13 September in partnership with Durban University of Technology.

The conference programme is available at:

Essential details for media purposes:

Main conference days: 13-15 September 2017

Venue: Public Works Head Office, 191 Prince Alfred Street, Pietermaritzburg

Student Conference:  13 September 2017

Venue:  Coastlands on the Ridge, Peter Mokaba Ridge, Durban.

Artist Profile: Puleng Ndlovu

Puleng was born in Durban KwaZulu-Natal. She is a well groomed, multi-talented and vibrant individual. This up and coming force is to be reckoned with. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Science (Management, Media Studies & Communications, Political Science) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Puleng’ s face has been associated with a Hair Brand, such as Evita, in posters and hair packages. She has appeared on Newspapers (The Mercury, Isolezwe, Ilanga, UM’Afrika) to name a few, and Magazine(Glamour) for her Fashion modelling work and also in True Love Babe.

She has won model of the year award from Ace Models Agency where she received her early grooming in modelling. Exploring her horizons she became a face of Illusiv Mindz designs. She was then working as a model alongside Thami Ngidi a designer who was a guest judge discovered her in a fashion show. She has graced runway shows for designers such as Sibu Msimang and Afrolucious by Mamsie. Throughout her time in the fashion industry she developed a love for Acting and have been pleasantly overwhelmed by the opportunities in which acting was introduced to her. She appeared on Generations as a featured extra. She also was casted for a Film- White Wedding.
She completed the ActorWize, foundation TV-Screen Acting course, which is founded and taught by Rajesh Gopie (Actor/Lecturer/Playwright/Director/Producer).

The Department Of Telecommunications And Postal Services To Host Sadc Ministers Meeting, For Ministers Responsible For Communications And Ict; Durban; Kzn From 5 To 7 September 2017

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (Dtps) will be hosting the SADC Ministers Meeting, for Ministers responsible for Communications and ICT. The overarching objective of the SADC Ministers for Communications and ICT Programme is to establish communications systems that are accessible, affordable, efficient, reliable, of a high quality and fully integrated to meet the diverse requirements and to ensure connectivity to the citizens of the SADC Region. Connectivity will ensure the attainment of goals for regional economic integration, poverty alleviation and Industrialisation. The Ministers program also aims to transform the SADC region into an information and knowledge-based economy.

The Ministers meeting follows from 37th SADC Summit of Head of State and Government held in Pretoria in the month of August 2017 where South Africa assumed the Chair of SADC region. This is in line with the Foreign Policy objectives of South Africa of playing a major role in the agenda of SADC Communications and ICT sector.

SADC ICT Ministerial Meeting in South Africa will focus on promoting access to affordable ICT infrastructure services, positioning South Africa as regional infrastructure hub and promoting SMMEs under the overall SADC industrialisation and regional integration agenda.

The SADC Ministerial Meeting will be hosted under the Theme “Preparing SADC for the Fourth Industrial Revolution through ICTs”


Krotoa’s contribution to SA history

With the negative things that young girls are exposed to today – it is very important for us to reflect back on some of the incredible historical contributions that the women of South Africa have made.  Girls and women still don’t feel safe and still don’t live free of physical abuse and violence.  In addition, many women have contributed to the development and history of South Africa but many people don’t know this as few women are acknowledged for their contributions.  This is especially true when we are teaching our youth about our own country’s true history.

It was Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who spoke of the “danger of the single story”.  She said – “The single story creates stereotypes and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue but that they are incomplete.  They make one story become the only story.”  So telling our own nuanced, complete and authentic stories is vital!

This is a message from the Department of Defence communicated through an important legacy project called the “Castle of Good Hope 350th Commemoration.”  The big goal of this project is to inspire and teach the youth about their history and to create a lasting and sustainable way forward for our youth as well as to provide them with the opportunity to interact with their own history.

The project is part of a move to ensure that young South Africans study the true history of South Africa as well as to become a part of the efforts that are needed to heal and reconcile the nation.  A timeline that shows the different events that took place in South Africa through the years has been developed.  This has been painted on the walls of different schools in the country.  The aim is for this project to be included as part of the history curriculum at schools for kids to learn about.

In a time where we reflect on women’s issues – especially considering the youth, their future as well as their legacy – a role model such as Krotoa who lived 374 years ago is key in highlighting that today’s girls and women are faced with similar abuses and that men and boys also need to seriously reflect on their attitudes.  In addition, understanding her story is a move in the right direction in embracing our own SA history.

Krotoa – better known to the Dutch as Eva – made a significant contribution to the history of the Castle of Good Hope situated in Cape Town.  It has taken a long time for people to acknowledge Krotoa which is why many South Africans still don’t know who she is.

Krotoa was around the age of 11 when she was taken in to work in the household of Jan van Riebeeck’s – the first governor of the Cape Colony.  She worked as a nanny and playmate for his children and as a servant for his household.  It is not clear how she came to leave her Goringhaicona tribe to go work in Jan van Riebeeck’s home but some people say that she was forcefully kidnapped by the Dutch.  Today, a lot of girls are kidnapped and are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation, criminal activities and domestic labour.  The youth – specifically young women can look to Krotoa as a historical reflection of how women in the past and today are in fact entwined and relatable to one another as many women still undergo abuse, gender oppression and discrimination on a daily basis – not knowing how to deal with it.  This is an example of how true history and its lessons can and should guide our current and future actions.

Understanding South African history and interweaving this understanding with modern social issues is highly relevant for today’s youth.  The Department of Defence and the Castle of Good Hope have a number of upcoming events lined up for school children which will help in informing the youth about their true history. Watch this space!

The Musical Giants’ Show Not to Be Missed at the Essence Festival Durban

 Essence Festival Durban closes on a high note with the Bishop  TD Jakes and MTN Joyous Celebration Gospel Experience

When the two giant brands meet, magic is created. Bishop TD Jakes and the internationally acclaimed, award-winning Gospel music ensemble, MTN Joyous Celebration bring to the Essence Festival in Durban Bishop TD Jakes and MTN Joyous Celebration Gospel Experience. The show is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 1st October as the last event under the Essence Festival Durban staged from the 26th  September.

Bishop TD Jakes and MTN Joyous Celebration are a true epitome of ‘Black Excellence’ – which is what the Essence Festival strives to celebrate. Following a successful collaboration in the United States last year, the collective’s relationship has grown from strength to strength.

Lindelani Mkhize, MTN Joyous Celebration Founding Member says, “We are thrilled to be working together again and promise to deliver a show that will exceed excpetions.

The Essence Festival Durban is known for bringing empowring and extraordinary entertainment through different forms of the business, arts and culture to the delight of attending patrions initiated by. Among the performances that fans can expect, will be winners of the Gospel Icon Discovery Competition which takes place at the Ohlange Sports Ground in Inanda near Durban. This Gospel music talent search programme initiated by the eThekwini Parks Recreation and Culture is aimed at cultivating upcoming artists in the City, helping them launch their musical careers.

The 19 year old Sphesihle Radebe who won 1st prize in the Solo category that comprised of what she regarded as the most talent and experienced musicians , in 2015 when she was only 17 years old. She will be delivering a tantalising sound out of reach at this Festival to enchant audiences of different tastes.

The 2016 winner of this great competition, Sibongiseni Zikhali will also perform at the festival. Having shared stages with the well-known artists like Mary-Mary and Yolanda Adams, audiences can be sure to have an experience of a lifetime. This years winners will be selected on the 17th September 2017 and will form part of the gospel experience.

To become a part of this coveted experience, get your tickets at the Computicket ranging from R195 -R450.

Catch Ildo Nandja At Rainbow Restaurant In Pinetown This Saturday

This Saturday, the Rainbow Restaurant, in association with Concerts SA, will be wishing the much loved and very talented Ildo Nandja a fond farewell before he sets off the complete his studies, as he has been accepted into the Masters program at the Fontys Academy of Performing Arts in the Netherlands!

Joining Ildo on stage will be Shem Mahabeer on keys and Sbu Zondi on drums.

Recognised as an outstanding and disciplined bass player and soloist, Ildo has collaborated with countless established local and international musicians.

Ildo Nandja engaged with playing music from a young age, starting with percussion instruments. Through his involvement in a local music and dance company, Ildo began playing the timbila, a traditional xylophone from Mozambique. His dedication has led him to perform in productions, festivals in France, Angola, Namibia, Portugal, the Netherlands, Libya, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Reunion Island.

Released in February 2016, Ildo’s debut album Paz a Todos [Peace to All] features a range of sounds and genres that combine his background in traditional music with the harmonic and melodic complexity of jazz. The full-length album features a repertoire of original material composed and arranged by the solo artist. Apart from double bass, Nandja also plays electric bass, and on some tracks provides guitar, percussion and vocals. Several local and international musicians also contributed to the recording and the resulting blend of jazz, contemporary world music with Latin timbres offers listeners a distinctive harmonic signature.

Come and give Ildo a warm Rainbow send off and wish him huge success on his journey.

Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, and providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools. For more information please visit our website, follow @ConcertsSA on Twitter at or like us on Facebook at

Date: 26 August 2017
Time: 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Cost: Free

The Rainbow Restaurant, 23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown
Phone: 031 702 9161

The vision for the new leadership of the Durban Chamber is, “In Business for a Better World”.

The new President, Mr Musa Makhunga is very passionate about ensuring that we lead business towards “Profit with Conscious”.

At our Annual Gala Dinner we will launch the first ever “Durban Business Code of Ethics”.

While our members might have a Code of Ethics in their respective companies, the Durban Chamber is raising the flag of Ethical Leadership at a collective level.

At a time when South Africa and indeed Africa are staggering under the perceived modus operandi  of “corruption” in doing business, the Durban Chamber is taking a view that says, while we cannot determine the governance standards of government, labour or civil society, we can make a difference by leading business to put their hand up first and commit to raising the bar by subscribing to the better way of doing business – enshrined in the “Durban Business Code of Ethics”. We believe we are leading a revolution which will eradicate corruption in our life time, by taking accountability as business for our conduct in the area of business ethics – government, labour and civil society will soon have to follow, if they still want to transact with business, are they ought to.

On Wednesday, we are starting with a dialogue session at the Durban Country Club as a build up towards the launch of this Durban Business Code of Ethics, at our Annual Gala Dinner on the 7th of September. One of our panellists at the dialogue is Dr Imtiaz Sooliman- Founder & Chairman, Gift of the Givers Foundation. He is the Founder, Director and Chairman of Gift of the, the largest disaster relief organisation of African origin. We also have representatives from big and small business.

Zulu Warriors to conquer the United Kingdom

In a historic and groundbreaking move, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu has announced that Zulu Warriors departed today at 11h00 from King Shaka International Airport to attend the 135th King Cetshwayo Celebrations in Cardiff, Wales in the United Kingdom. The media is invited to witness the send-off. 
The Zulu warriors, will be accompanied by the cast and the Zulu Royal Choir and will participate in the re-enactment of the Battle of Isandlwana. The Zulu nation is known the world-over for defeating the top generals of the British military forces, one of unchallengeable might at the time and having put an end to the Napoleonic Dynasty, one of the best known in European history.  
The participation of the Zulu Warriors in the King Cetshwayo Celebrations in the UK will strengthen cultural ties between the people of KwaZulu-Natal and the UK. It should be remembered that in November 2011, His Majesty, King Goodwill KaBhekuZulu hosted Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Welcoming them at that time His Majesty remarked: “I am pleased to announce my invitation to the British Royal Household to the Annual Re-enactment of the Battle of Isandlwana. We hold this event every year in January. Over the years, it has grown to be more than just a battle re-enactment but a celebration of diversity, and a great contributor of tourism revenue to the region. I officially invite the British Royal Household through His Royal Highness to send a delegation to this important historic event between our respective countries.”
Premier Mchunu points: ““His Majesty continues to give our province the uniqueness and competitive edge. Our King is not only the direct heir and descendant of all the kings lying in the valley of Emakhosini, but is also the symbol of peace and unity of our people. We thank His Majesty for his guidance and for ensuring our participation in King Cetshwayo Celebrations.”
King Cetshwayo Celebrations are a prelude to the 140thcommemoration of the Battle of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift in January 2019. As the province we are embarking on a campaign to market this province to the UK.
Mchunu quipped: “Every year we welcome visitors from the UK and all over the world to the old Kingdom of the Zulu people. We want to increase the number of tourists who will attend the commemoration of the battle of Isandlwana next year, especially those from the UK.”
KZN is a home of a proud history and heritage of the people of South Africa in the fight against dispossession. Historical records show that the following battles were fought in this province – First War of Independence in 1881, Anglo-Boer between 1899 and 1902 and the Blood River on the 16 December 1838. All of these wars were fought by those who yearned for independence, political self-determination, protection of cultural identity and language. They wanted access to land on one hand and others were against the forceful seizure of their land.
Mchunu further emphasized: “Our participation in the celebrations in the UK should be viewed within the context of social cohesion. When we voted on the 27th April 1994 means that the tensions and conflict that we carried as South Africans carried over many decades was finally settled. We have created platforms for all communities to accept each other as equals. This was done through the national general elections based on equality and the principle of one man one vote.”
“The solution to South Africa’s conflict was achieved on the basis of accepting that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, Black and White. Similarly, the future of our country will be secured by respecting the fundamentals that supported its formation.”
“As we move forward as one nation united in diversity, we have to build an inclusive economy which creates jobs but more importantly an economy that reflects the demographics of the country. We need harness the cooperation of business in private-public partnerships for nation building and to enhance economic development, tourism and job creation in our province.”

Dawn of the Arts at the Durban Fashion Fair 2017!

For four days, the Durban ICC and surrounds will be transformed into a fashion extravaganza as some of the city’s hottest designers celebrate the reawakening of the creative industry and the realization of the arts as a lucrative business opportunity.

Tickets to the various showings by both local fashion talents and invited designers from throughout the African continent will go on sale from today.

Themed the Dawn of the Arts, the Durban Fashion Fair 2017 presented by the eThekwini Municipality will be spread over three days – from August 23rd to 25th and wrapping up with the Recognition awards on Aug 26th.

Showcasing on Wednesday, August 23rd at 18.00pm after the official launch opening hosted by Khaya Dladla, popular for his character GC on SABC1 telenovela Uzalo together with Londiwe Nqobile Cele also known as Londz who is DYR’s co-breakfast show host will be Azola Tanzi (Azee Tanzi), Martin John Steenkamp (Martin John), Narcissi Madisha (Kameo Kids), Ceri Williams (Evaelathil Designs) and Zimbili Shezi (ZimbyLees Apparel). They will be followed by the 2017 Mentorship Programme designers: Athenkosi Mfungula; Bongekile Sondezi; Casey Hutchinson; Cheryl Jafta; Claudia Novuka; Leona Pillay; Nishthi Sewnath; Nivadni Sewnath; Ntokozo Buthelezi and Wanda Majubana at 19.30pm with invited designers Thokozani Mbatha (Black Pepper) and Sandile Duke Mngadi (Duke “Clothe Your Soul”) taking to the ramp at 20.30pm.

Our invited African designers for the evening will be Clement Effanga (Clemas Couture), SidumisoTshuma (Shadow by Sidumiso) and Yolanda Ngwenya (Bakhar) at 21.30. The evening will culminate in a Markham retail collection showing at 22.30pm.

On Thursday, August 24th, the DFF will begin slightly earlier with emerging designers Kwenzi Nkomo (Indoni Fashion House), Treasure Cindi and Melinda Corrine (Noice) exhibiting their collections from 17.30pm. Next on the ramp will be Muzi Innocent Mlambo (Mita-N Dzyns), Zama Gumede (ZAVIAR Fashions) and Eli Ball (Eli Ball Made in Africa) at 18.30pm.

Invited designers Quiteria Lebohang Kekana and George Malelu (Quiteria and George) and Amanda Laird Cherry will showcase their creations at 19.30pm. African invited designers Charity Nyirongo (Mo’ Creations & Couture), Rodrigue Tchatcho (Rodrig Couture) and Samuel Owusu (Quame Owusu) will be up next at 20.30pm.

Invited Designer Sandile Mlambo (House of Alfalfa) will host his show, off site, at 82 Hunter Street (behind the ICC) at 21:30pm.

During the day on Friday, August 25th  between 9.30am and 12 noon within Hall 5 at the ICC, there will be a panel discussion taking place whereby leading industry players within the fashion related industry will discuss various topics relating to the “Business of Fashion” – the panellists include: Linda Makanya (Creative Director & Head Designer for Linda Makhanya Tailored Suits); Paledi Segapo (Founder & Creative Director – PALSE); Noёl Paulson (General Manager Quality Assurance – EDCON); Lukas Nangolo (Junior Brand Manager – Markham); Masana Chikeka (Programme Manager: Design – Dept of Arts and Culture) and Drum Fashion editor, Peta-Lee Matjaola. It is free admission to attend the panel discussion! The facilitator for the discussion is Top Billing presenter Ayanda Thabethe.

After the discussion, it is back to the business of the fashion shows on Friday, August 25th, with invited designers Kireshen Chetty, Brenda Quin (Diva Designs) and Jacqui Emmanuel who will be dazzling the Durban audiences at 17.30pm. Vanessa Pillay (Hombre`), Mxolisi Luke Mkhize (House of Saint Luke) and emerging designer, Musawenkosi Sebeko (Afro Amanno) will follow at 18.30pm.

Invited designers Karen Monk-Klijnstra and Zama Mathe (Zarth) will wow our audience at 19.30pm and Paledi Segapo (PALSE) at 20.30pm. To wrap up the evening at 21.30pm, Kathrin Kidger and Terrence Bray will show what has made them household names in the Durban Fashion industry for decades.

The highlight of the Durban Fashion Fair 2017 will be the DFF Recognition Awards on Saturday, August 26. Starting at 7pm and hosted by Gagagsi FM on air personality Collen Zondo together with TV personality and Top Billing presenter,Ayanda Thabethe.

This fashion forward evening will feature live entertainment by Aewon Wolf, DJ Siyanda and a “downsized” version of the SAMA award-winning instrumental pop group, the Sterling EQ Duo (consisting of electric violin and cello, electric violin and flute, or electric cello and flute)

The DFF Recognition Awards will recognise the Durban Fashion Legend of the year, the Best Ladies’ Wear Collection, the Best Menswear Collection, the Next Generation/ Emerging Durban Designer of the year, the Fashion Innovator and the Collection of the Week. Three rising stars – our top three 2017 mentees – will also be identified.

Guests can also look forward to the presentation of the Fashion Business Award, the DFF New Face Award, the Best African Designer Collection Award and, last but not least, the Durban Designer of the Year Award.

Tickets are R100 per person per show with students (with a valid student card) paying R50 per show. There will be a 3 night show pass at R225 or the 5 night show pass at R350 a person. The DFF Recognition Awards show tickets are R250 per person.

Tickets are available at or selected Pick ‘n Pay outlets.

Follow all the fashion action on our DFF Facebook page: Durban Fashion Fair or on Twitter / Instagram @dbnfashion_fair. #DFF2017

Band Profile: The Usual Suspects

Attridgeville’s Nhlanhla “Ash Ga 1” Maseko (27) and Innocent “Pazy Jazy” Makhanya (28) from Sebokeng; crossed paths in 2013 to form Usual Suspects.

The band started out with four members and it has since gone down to two members who stood the test of time and allowed their love for music to keep them going even when the going got tough.

The pair are respected musicians in their own right and their unique musical talents have made their sounds a breeze to listen to; as Ash Ga 1 has a strong producing background while Pazy Jazy’s performance strength makes the duo an overly talented pair.

Having started his music career while in high school; Ash Ga 1 said it’s only in tertiary that he had his ‘Aha Moment’ when he realized that he can do music for a living.

This then led to him releasing his debut EP and sold it to his friends; which in turn made him a firm favourite with Attridgeville promoters and that’s how his brand grew.

“In matric I released a single but I never took that seriously until I released my EP. I’m an all-round creative and in 2013 I founded my own record label called My Bread and Butter before going on to focus on sketch art and earning money from making potraits. Now that Usual Suspects is going in hard; it’s what I’m fully focusing on;” he said.

Though Pazy Jazy was a breadwinner at the age of 16 through his swimming talent; which saw him feed his family as a tender age; he said it’s through his sister’s friend Thabo Mosadi who introduced him to music.

“He worked with our family choir but he’s the one who taught me the ins and outs of the music industry. In 2006 I was part of the musical Umoja at the age of 20 and that’s when I learnt about performance; dancing; team work and other music industry technicalities which have since benefitted me in my career;” he explained.

He said when he started getting rejected at auditions; he learnt to handle challenges with grace hence when it seemed like nothing is happening with Usual Suspects; he remembered all the times he was rejected yet something big ended up happening later on.

The pair are signed to Thoho Records and have released their much anticipated single Aslali featuring seasoned rapper Pro and actor Bruno following the release of some of their songs in the group’s early years; such as Shangaan Way.

Free Workshops for dancers and dance-makers at JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience 23 August – 3 September 2017

JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience will host four open workshops at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Dance Studio (Howard College Campus) between 23 August and 3 September, as part of the festival’s efforts to share knowledge and skills to local dancers, choreographers and dance teachers.

The 19th annual JOMBA! festival, which is hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts (within the College of Humanities),  includes a packed line up of local and international guests, who will in assist in facilitating workshops, that are open to the public.

The first workshop is facilitated by Kossi Sebastien Aholou-Wokawui from steptext dance project in Germany. Kossi is a dancer and dance teacher from Togo and he will take dancers into the world of ‘AFRO-AFRICAN’ technique. He defines ‘AFRO-AFRICAN’ technique as an African dance of modern expression, it is a synthesis of traditional dances of West Africa, Western contemporary dance and Caribbean dance (Haiti/Cuba). He says that this technique is an ongoing dialogue with the cosmos and nature and works mainly on rooting, breathing and the mobility of the spine, giving special importance to improvisation and musical accompaniment, all styles/techniques and abilities are welcome. This workshop takes place on Thursday 24 August, from 4 to 6pm.

Memela Nyamze from Cape Town will facilitate a workshop drawing on the politics of the “BODY” on Saturday 26 August from 10am to 12 noon. Nyamza radically deconstructs the normative expectations of who qualifies to be a dancer. In this workshop dancers will explore dynamic ways of communicating with your bodies by simply using physical techniques, the mind, the soul, and the past and the presence in the most symbolic way. Dancers of all abilities and levels, and who are 18 years and older may attend this.

On Tuesday 29 August from 5 to 7pm,  Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance 2017, Thandazile “Sonia” Radebe from Johannesburg, will facilitate an open level workshop combined technique class that will explore some of Radebe’s working methods in her creation of SABELA, all abilities and levels welcome.

Finally on Saturday 2 September from 10am-12noon, Adriaan Lutijn teacher/ artistic manager  of INTRODANS – from Arnhem in Holland will take participants through the daily routine of this modern ballet company, in a practical way. He will use the repertoire of the performance of INTRODANS on the festival as an inspiration. Dancers of all backgrounds in dance are welcome at this workshop.

These workshops are offered free of charge to participants but booking is essential as places are limited. The workshops are open to dancers 16 years and older (unless otherwise specified) .

Bookings can be done on 082 875 6065 (during office hours only) or at least 2 days in advance of the workshop


Muso Ndabo Zulu Continues To Fly The South African Flag High

By: Pamela Mkhize

South African-born trumpeter Ndabo Zulu (26) who is based in Norway, where he is studying Music is back in the motherland for his summer break. SA Blogger’s Pamela Mkhize had a chat with this young jazz cat who’s flying the SA flag so high and has been a busy-bee ever since he landed.

PHOTO CRED: Hugh Mdlalose

Zulu grew up in Chesterville, Durban where he began his musical journey at the mere age of 10-years and has not looked back ever since. He tells SA Bloggers that he’s been accepted to do his Masters at one of the best music conservatories in Norway, the Norwegian Music Academy in Oslo.

“I’m unfortunately not back for good, it is summer break and I usually come back to South Africa during this period of the year. I’m back here for a few performances and to start coordinating some dates and schedule everything with Nduduzo Makhathini for my Master’s program that is based in both Norway and South Africa,” says Zulu.  

We did mention that Zulu has been busy ever since he touched home ground, “On the first week upon my arrival I was so fortunate to do a duo gig with Nduduzo Makhathini at the radio 702 studios, and I also played with the great Herbie Tsoaeli with his Sandi ensemble assembly at the Orbit and the African Freedom station. I will be playing my music with my sextet tonight in Durban at the Chairman and I was lucky enough to be invited again by Bra Herbie Tsoaeli to play with him at the Soweto Theatre on the 29th of July and on the 30th.”

“I was so fortunate to be granted a space to perform my music but most importantly that I have a great band to do that with. The band I am playing with is a dream team. It’s Linda Sikhakhane on Saxophones, Keenan Ahrends on Guitar, Sanele Phakathi on Piano, Benjamin Jephta on Bass and Sphelelo Mazibuko on Drums now tell me that’s not a dream team.”

One thing that keeps him on his toes is the love and calling of what he does. Having been away from home since 2013, this youngster says he is still trying to make his mark, “I’m not sure if I can put a finger on the growth I have accumulated over the years, I just work and hope there is growth in the process. I am not at all there and I don’t think there is ever anyone who is “there”. There are always new goals and new challenges to overcome,” he chuckles.

Apart from a number of achievements under his sleeve, Zulu has been chosen to represent the Norwegian Music Academy at the prestigious ParmaJazz Frontiere Festival in Italy, “It’s such a great honour to be part of the festival again, but this time representing a different university but what is so humbling about this is that all of this happened before I even started at the school. I will be representing Norway and also raise the South African flag in the meantime.”

He told SA Bloggers how every achievement is important to him, “To me, all achievements are important in different ways as they all lead to different portals that lead to the same goal which is to be a better person every day.”

In life, we all have people who push us to be better versions of yourself, for Zulu that one person who inspires him has to be a renowned pianist, Nduduzo Makhathini.

“Wow! Well, I have a lot of people I look up to but the one that inspires me is Nduduzo Makhathini. His work ethic and morals are what I would like to have. But most importantly, he is very true to himself and his craft,” said Zulu.

On top of his list about what he loves most about being home had to be the people, “The love and warmth from all the people, to see the SA jazz scene growing so fast and to be with my family of course.”

SA Bloggers spoke future plans and asked Zulu where he sees himself in the next 5 years, “I hope I’ll be done studying then and have released at least 2 records under my name. I hope at that time I would have gotten enough exposure to playing with all the people that inspired the musician I am today,” he said.

He continued to say that he hopes that his spiritual level would have grown into a sense that he could understand himself and his craft better and that he can stay true to both these things.


Durban FilmMart Hosts Leading Film Executive Tilane Jones of ARRAY Media

One of the key figures attending the Durban FilmMart this year, Tilane Jones is the executive director of ARRAY, the film distribution collaborative founded by Oscar-winner Ava DuVernay which is focused on women filmmakers and filmmakers of colour. Since 2011, Array has acquired key titles, including Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere, Andrew Dosunmu’s Restless City and Haile Gerima’s Ashes and Embers. In the process, Jones has shifted the position of films made by women and people of colour, bringing an audience to films that would otherwise struggle to find screens. As well as her position at Array, Jones is also a production manager with several high-profile titles to her name, including a range of fashion and beauty films and television productions.

Talking about her first visit to South Africa and her engagement with the local film market, Jones says that she hopes to inspire and encourage women to overcome the challenges they face on the continent as women filmmakers. “I want to let women filmmakers know that there is an audience that is hungry for stories told from their perspective. ARRAY has worked hard to cultivate that audience and we are eagerly awaiting them and their films.”

Tilane will also be meeting with local women filmmakers to find out what their needs are and what hurdles they need to overcome, in order to better inform herself on how she might be able to inspire and encourage them in the important work that they are doing. “I am very excited about my first visit to South Africa and the Durban FilmMart”, she said, “and I look forward to meeting with emerging filmmakers from the continent, with the aim of acquiring more African titles to be distributed in the United States”.

Asked about whether there was a defining moment when she had cut through the barriers that traditionally held women back from being major players in the global film industry, Jones takes a somewhat pragmatic approach. “There always have been and always will be barriers to break through as a woman and person of colour. But the task of breaking those barriers will never end, so instead I focus on trying to acquire films by women filmmakers and filmmakers of colour that, one by one, break a barrier just by existing and being seen by audiences. There are many audiences that would not have been able to experience this art form if it weren’t for ARRAY and our partners. I focus my efforts on the work more than on breaking barriers.”

Talking about women in the industry who have inspired her, Jones says that she is motivated to continue her work by every woman filmmaker and producer who creates complex, dynamic images. Of those women, ARRAY founder, Ava DuVernay is a key inspiration to her– “Due to her amazing storytelling ability, for loving herself as a black woman and a black woman filmmaker who tells stories from her own unique perspective, for being passionate about her culture, and for being passionate about film. Ava is always pushing past the ‘no’ and finding her own ‘yes’ and that inspires me more than anything.”

Finally, does she have any advice for young female film-makers just starting out as to how they can cut through the clutter in an industry that is still male-dominated? “I always tell filmmakers to tell their own stories and to tell them well.  Being a woman filmmaker and telling stories from a women’s perspective is all that needs to be done to cut through the clutter. Don’t focus on the noise – it is there to distract you. Focus on the story and telling it to the best of your capability. “

Jones will appear in the DFM programme, session entitled ‘Women-led Film: In Conversation with Tilane Jones’ on Friday 14 July at 14h00 – 16h00.

The 8th Durban FilmMart takes place in Durban, at the Tsogo Sun Elangeni from 14 to 17 July 2017, during the 38th edition of the Durban International Film Festival (13-23 July 2017).

For more information on the Durban FilmMart visit Registration can now only be done at Elangeni Hotel from 9am on Thursday, July 13.

The KwaZulu Natal Film Commission supports the Durban International Film Festival – 10 Days of DIFF

The KZNFC has once again partnered with the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). DIFF is currently in its 38th year.  The KZNFC is especially excited about the strategic  shift in direction that the festival has taken. The festival promises an extended programme that will run for the entire 10 days of the festival. The activities will run across the city to make the festival more inclusive for diverse communities, and enable a broader range of engagement for filmmakers attending the festival from the rest of the country and the world.  DIFF has long been a strategic platform where local film makers may gain access to international film makers and a wealth of knowledge including the latest trends in filmmaking are shared.  The programme that will be presented at DIFF this year will be vibrant and diverse, says Carol Coetzee, CEO, KZNFC.

This year at DIFF and in partnership with the festival, the KZNFC program will have a special focus on Kenya.  The focus will include amongst others a retrospective on Kenyan cinema and an industry programme on co-production with the African continent. A delegation of prominent Kenyan filmmakers will attend the festival to present their films and engage with the local industry. The topics of discussion will include Funding instruments in South Africa and Kenya and Co-producing with Kenya. A plan of action charting the way forward will be presented as part of the programme. The Kenyan delegation attending the festival will be Carol Kioko (Leader of the delegation), Jinna Mutune – Director, Ngengdo Mukii – Film Animator, Independent Producer, Mbithi Masya – Director, Screenwriter, Mugambi Nthiga – Director, Screenwriter, Brian Munene – Screenwriter, Producer, Sunny Dolat, Njeri Gitungo – Producer, Mayonde Masya – Singer and Actress.

The Kenyan films selected by the festival that will be presented in the film retrospective are Soul Boy (Sarika Lakhani), KATI KATI (Mbithi Masya), To Catch A Dream (Jim Chuchu), Yellow Fever (Ngendo Mukii), Homecoming and Stories of our lives (Big World Cinema: Tamsin Ranger). The films represent the work produced by some of the filmmakers who are part of the delegation.

The Kenyan focus will also include a panel discussion on African Distribution that will include Producers and Distributors from Nigeria. In attendance will be Mahmood Ali Balogun, Producer and Moses Babatope a co-founder of Film House Cinemas, a Nigerian cinema chain and Film One an independent distributor of film in Nigeria.  “The focus on Kenyan cinema and African distribution is in line with KZNFC’s broader strategy of African collaboration in cinema and seeks to consolidate the gains made in this area to date”, says Carol Coetzee, CEO, KZNFC.

The festival’s community outreach programme is a collaboration between the DIFF, KZNFC and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), which will give local audiences access to films that have been programmed as part of the festivals official selection. The outreach programme will cover the following areas:
K-cap (Theatre)         KwaMashu
Luthuli Museum  Stanger
Qashana Khuzwayo Library        Clermont
Westville Co. Services  Westville
Ohlange Library Inanda
Creative Arts College   CBD
Wushwini Arts Centre    KwaNgcolosi
Umlazi Library  Umlazi
Lamontville Hall        Lamontville
uShaka Marine World     uShaka Marine World -Village Walk-Arena5
Max’s Lifetyle  Umlazi
History Museum  CBD
Bay of Plenty Lawns     North Beach (CBD)
Schools Programme       Playhouse

This programme seeks to address the issue of accessibility to good quality local content and forms part of the KZNFC’s strategic plan for audience development in the province, for more information on this programme kindly visit

The KZNFC will unveil its research findings on Audience Development conducted across the province as part of its programme during the Durban International Film Festival. The issue of access to cinema and local content in close proximity to where the majority of people in the province live is a legacy that we seek to challenge going forward, says Carol Coetzee, CEO, KZNFC.

The Community Outreach Initiative will be launched as a DIFF activation by the KZNFC as a screening on Friday 30th June 2017 at the Musgrave Centre, Level 5. The screening is open to all at no charge. Food and beverages will be sold on site. Musgrave Centre is the home of the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission and has long been identified as one of the screens during the Durban International Film Festival.

About the KZN Film Commission

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission was established in accordance with a provincial Act passed in 2010 with a mandate to facilitate the development of a sustainable film industry whilst promoting the region as a choice destination for film production. The commission has been in operation for three years and believes that constant engagement with our filmmakers is crucial to ensure that we remain relevant, effective and efficient.

General Bheki Cele commemorates Mandela Day with young farmers

The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, General Bheki Cele has dedicated 2017 as the year for youth in agriculture, forestry and fisheries. As part of his ongoing interactions with young people in these sectors, the Deputy Minister will interact with young farmers and learners studying agriculture at an imbizo to be held in Ulundi, Kwa- Zulu Natal.

He will also award bursaries to learners who will be pursuing qualifications in agriculture, forestry or fisheries.

67 households were identified in Ulundi and will be assisted with starting food gardens through a donation of starter packs and 67 fruit trees as part of the Mandela Day commemoration.

Members of the media are invited to the event as follows:

Details of the event: 

Date:   Tuesday. 18 July 2017

Venue: Mthashana TVET College, Ulundi, Kwa- Zulu Natal


The Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Mduduzi Manana, MP, will meet with Toyota South Africa at their manufacturing plant outside Durban, KwaZulu Natal province on the 11th July 2017 as part of his relentless efforts to forge partnerships between TVET colleges and industry.

The National Development Plan (NDP) articulates that over 30 000 artisans should be produced annually by year 2030 to advance economic growth in South Africa. Currently, the country is producing about 15 000 artisans per annum. It is against this backdrop that Deputy Minister Manana is reaching out to employers as they play a crucial role in artisan development.

Deputy Minister Manana is crisscrossing the country meeting with industry to encourage them to open up their workspaces and turn them into training spaces for TVET College students and lecturers to acquire workplace exposure.

Rest in peace Johnny Mekoa

The Recording Industry of South Africa  (RiSA) sends condolences to the family, relatives, friends and colleagues of the late jazz maestro Johnny Mekoa.

This trumpet giant passed away on Monday after a short illness and his death leaves the music industry poorer. His wisdom and knowledge of the music business will be missed.

RiSA CEO Advocate Nhlanhla Sibisi  eulogised Mekoa: “Bra Johnny was one of our highly cherished and respected grandfathers of local music. He was a great teacher and a supporter of young talent. His legacy will never be forgotten all thanks to the music academy he founded in the East Rand. He gave us many music gems who will ensure that his name is never forgotten. We salute you, our icon.”

Meet The Incredible Umlazi Born Songstress Neo Dube

Neo Dube is a soul and Jazz vocalist born and bred in Umlazi Township, Durban… coming from a Family of 10, her being the youngest. Having gone to so many different schools in her Primary years she then went Umlazi Comtech where she finished her Matric.
She’s currently doings Ns in Electrical Engineering at Ethekwini College, hoping to finish the course on time so that she proceeds with other things she had planned to achieve.Her passion for music stems back from an early age when she discovered she can sing after being a dancer. Growing up and Singing at church (UCCSA) she started realising that her voice is beyond and her talent cannot go to waste, when she got into high school she Started going for music lessons where she found a new love for Jazz Music, Having to go with her Teacher to Gigs and Musical workshops. The 20 year old has worked with the likes of Thina Zungu, Dumi Mkokstad.. just to name a few. She has done Afro Soul and House music where she has been featured alot.
Her greatest achievement to date has to be her upcoming album which was recently released on the 30th of June 2017.

Isithembiso Actress Lungelo Nxele Brings The 4th Annual Africa Television Market Conference To

Multi-award winning Actress, Philanthropist, Lecturer and Academic – Lungelo Nxele is bringing to Durban the 4th annual Africa Television Market at the Olive Convention Centre from 13th – 16th July.

The conference unpacks an exciting programme that caters for the entire value chain of the television industry. ATM in short, hosted in partnership with the KwaZulu Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, brings the full spectrum of television industry with conference features that address various aspects of the television experience, from production sets to lounges across the African continent.

Lungelo is popularly known for her leading roles on dramas and films such as uGugu no Andile, Soul City, Dream World and Intersexions before joining the star-studded cast of Isithembiso. With a SAFTA and AMAA to her name, Lungelo is a force in the acting industry. A passionate entertainer, community builder and at 29 years old, she has a Masters Degree in Commerce.

This year’s, ATM will feature high profile speakers the likes of BET & MTV’s Monde Twala, TV mogul Tim Horwood, actor Wandile Molebatsi, Bomb Production’s Kutlwano Ditsele and Trace TV’s Leo Manne as well as various other television personalities, industry influencers and key strategic partners who will share their expertise and experiences in the industry. ATM will continue to champion the Digital Migration, Transformation and Sustainable Development of Talent in the industry. One key feature of the conference will be an exhibition by television industry stakeholders, providing an engagement platform for visitors.

“The Africa Television Market provides a key platform that compels the African Television Industry to regroup, discuss, address the challenges and highlight growth opportunities within the industry.” said Ms Lungelo Nxele, Founder of the Africa Television Market. She added “Africa Television Market, aims to assist develop further the value chain for emerging and established producers whilst focusing on the developments that erupt within the Africa television Industry”.

Over the years, ATM has proven to be the foremost platform that continue to set the industry dialogue whilst addressing challenges facing the industry. ATM remains the strategic engagement platform that brings together key industry players whilst ensuring on active participation, sustainable growth and inclusiveness of the industry.



The Tele dialogue is a 4-day conference where the industry experts, stakeholders from the government sector, private sector and civil society will be sharing their experience, knowledge, methodologies and their sense of direction to where the African television industry is headed. This year we have panelist such as Mr Monde Twala Vice President of BET channel, The content producer and executive from Isithembiso, Mr Kutlwano Ditsele, The Queen and Lockdown Executive Producers Black Brain and The Ferguson Films, Mr Leo Manne General Manager from Trace TV, The head of SABC education Mr Danny Swart, the crew from Ebonylife Channel and CEO of Kenya Film Commission Lizzie Chongoti.

Channel Stations:

The Channel Station is also a new component created to provide content producers direct access to the international, national and local television channels. Each channel station is given an opportunity to run workshops at the Africa television Market. The objective of the channel stations is to provide the producers with direct access to the channel commission editors and in return the editors get to enlighten the producers on the brand and strategy of the channel. The following broadcasters will be running the channel stations: Mnet, SABC Education, Starsat channel and Trace Africa TV.

Actor factor:  

Actor factor is a new component created for actors in the television Industry. Led by actress Zinzi Zungu the project aims to unearth talents and voices and to provide a much needed venue to articulate, issues effecting performers as well as providing a platform on learning about branding, business of Acting and other components that can assist actors to reach their fullest potential. The actor factor panelists are as follows: Zikhona Sodlaka, Tumi Masemola, Celeste Khumalo and Akhumzi Jezile among others.

Taste for TV

The Taste of TV panel will include production houses and brands who will present commercial opportunities in food television to upcoming producers. Representatives of top lifestyle channels will also showcase platforms for food content in Africa, while on-screen food personalities share tips on capturing audiences with culinary expertise. Upcoming lifestyle producers and aspirant foodies are in for a feast of inspiration and knowledge. This program will be hosted by Durban’s very own Lentswe Bhengu.

Africa Television Mentorship

The Africa Television Mentorship is component specifically designed to mentor emerging content producers that come from disadvantage backgrounds. The objective of the program is to provide one-on-one mentorship and training to emerging content producers on their existing developing content/television program. This program is in partnership with Startsat Channel.


Urucu Media Continues to Nurture African Talent in Second Edition of Residency Programme

The 2017 Realness Residency programme is now in its final stage as the second cohort of participants head to Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), where they will present their projects at the Durban FilmMart, to the industry under the mentorship of script consultant Selina Ukwuoma.

Realness was established in 2016 by Urucu Media with the aim of providing the best talent on the continent with the space, time and support necessary to create and develop their vision.  “I had the honour of being invited to shadow Nadja Dumouchel as a script consultant” said script editor and content producer Mmabatho Kau. “Her writer-focused methodology reminds one that the writer is at the centre of the story-birthing process. Working with her, the writers and the REALNESS production team further reinforced my belief that African stories are universal and need to be heard as a matter of urgency”.

Realness 2017 began on 3rd June at the Nirox Foundation in the Cradle of Humankind, the location of their residency. The selected residents for 2017 are Lemohang Mosese (Lesotho), Mario Fradique Bastos (Angola), Rama Thiaw (Senegal), Samantha Nell (South Africa) and writer-director team Gloria Huwiler (Zambia) and Jahmil XT Quebeka (South Africa). “It’s the first time in my life that I’ve sat in a room and felt so understood by other filmmakers in terms of my experience as well as in terms of my goals and hopes,” said Samantha Nell. “The residency came at a moment in my life when I felt quite stuck artistically. It has provided the necessary perspective to begin writing a screenplay I now have a renewed passion for” adds fellow resident Gloria Huwiler.

The residents were mentored by Nadja Dumouchel for their first week and then enjoyed four weeks of solid writing punctuated by masterclasses, virtual reality film experiences and film screenings. One highlight of this year’s residency was a masterclass on film festival strategies with Toronto International Film Festival programmer Kiva Reardon. “There was a range of projects and visions, but all share a high level of artistic talent” said Reardon. “Leaving Nirox, it felt clear that REALNESS will greatly benefit this coming generation of filmmakers by creating a supportive space for growth, reflection and cross-continental collaboration.” Fellow mentor and script consultant Selina Ukwuoma will guide the residents ahead of their presentations at Durban Filmmart next week. “I have to take my hat off to the team responsible for the selection of participants/projects — they are of the highest standard with a great deal of potential, both artistic and commercial,” said Ukwuoma. “With a pan-African focus, the diversity of Africans is celebrated yet the particular concerns that we have in common come to the fore”.

The call for submissions for the 2018 Realness Residency will go out later this year.

Realness is made possible through partnerships with the Nirox Foundation, Durban Film Mart, Durban International Film Festival, Durban Talents, Berlinale Talents, The French Embassy of South Africa, La Fabrique Cinema de l’Instituit Francais, Goethe Institute, Centre National du Cinema et de l’Image Animee (CNC), Torino Film Lab (TFL), EAVE Producer’s Workshop, Locarno Filmmaker’s Academy, Fairbridges Wertheim Becker, Midpoint and Produire Au Sud.

Councilman of Sacramento, USA, invests in South African Film and Media

Black owned entertainment will enter a new era of autonomy in the creative industries as the diaspora fosters business relationships across the oceans.

Mercurial Pictures, South Africa, is proud to announce an official partnership with Phaze One Productions in the United States.

Phaze One Productions is a company established by Allen Warren, CEO of New Faze Development (one of the most successful urban developers in the United States of America) in partnership with Jay King- a Grammy award winning producer, songwriter and singer. Some of King’s most successful songs are “Rumors,” “Why You Treat Me So Bad” and a the worldwide hit classic “Lean On Me”

Allen Warren’s investment will support the Mercurial campaign of developing audiences and a business model for the creation and expansion of media networks, including building cinemas, in previously denied communities. “Our investment in Mercurial Pictures is a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with our brothers and sisters in the motherland. We believe in the project and want to do our part to help the talented entertainers in South Africa find multiple outlets for positive expression,” says Mr. Warren

The partnership between these two media companies is profound in both shared visions and high ambition of capturing, retaining and growing audiences that have been excluded from consumption of various media platforms such as cinema and experiential entertainment, as well as lacking representation both in front of and behind the camera.

Mercurial Pictures, a joint venture with Spier Films, is a film and media company with a strong history of award winning production in the feature film space. Managing Director Dr. Lwazi Manzi is passionate about establishing a true African media conglomerate for African expression. “We now look to develop a vertically integrated business model that will ensure full autonomy over our franchises from conception to consumer touchpoint. The partnership with Phaze One Productions is absolutely critical to the strategy going forward and we feel incredibly privileged to have the support of a prolific businessman such as Mr. Allen Warren.

The Mercurial/ Phase One partnership will kick off with a series of outdoor cinema experiences aimed at the emerging black market particularly in townships and rural areas, the inaugural event planned for the beginning of the July school holidays. This will be a series of tributes to African legends, cultivating an appreciation of black cinema history whilst affording the audience an opportunity to inform us of their entertainment needs.

This Partnership is also extremely grateful to the National Film and Video Foundation and the KwaZulu- Natal Film Commission for their support in the experiential campaign as well as their support in general that they have offered and pledged to South African film industry at large.

Vuzu Amp To Air The Sold-out Savanna Newcomer Showcase This Saturday!

Missed seeing the future of stand-up comedy at the sold out Soweto Theatre in May? VUZU AMP (DSTV 103) received the rights to air this exclusive TV special, so tune in at 8pm on 1 July and watch 23 registered newcomer comedians from across the country deliver five minutes of their best material.

Hosted by comedy legend Kagiso Lediga, the showcase is the first event of the year from the Annual South African Savanna Comics’ Choice AwardsÒ and is aimed at giving up-and-coming talent a platform to shine so that the comedy industry knows who to vote for in their category.The five nominees will be announced, along with all other categories, at the Nominee Press Lunch on 12 July 2017 in Johannesburg.

Catch highlights from the show as each aspiring comedian delivers their own unique style of comedy and enjoy special guest performance by 2016 Savanna Newcomer Award recipient, Ebenhaezer Dibakwane.

The performers include (in no particular order): Andrew Hughes, Bongani DubeChantal VenterDaryl WilliamsDavid M.Esethu SomdakaEtienne DavidsIsura JinasenaGilli ApterKamz GovenderMatthew ArmstrongMfundo NdovelaNqobile NontshingaPius Xulu, Shanray van WykNtshebeTeboho TheohaTibs DumiBen ThapzTroy TeslaTT ComedianTsitsi Chiumya and Vivi Khondowe.

The Savanna Newcomer Showcase is presented by Savanna Premium Cider as part of the brand’s ongoing commitment to developing comedy talent in South Africa and across the continent.

Visit for more information and to buy tickets to the 7th Annual South African Comics’ Choice Awards on Saturday 9 September 2017 at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City.



Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini will visit the area of uMshwathi Local Municipality in KZN to commemorate the Youth Month Imbizo. The purpose of this Imbizo is to engage directly with the youth and respond on issues concerning to departmental programmes especially on the Agrarian Transformation and Enterprise Development.

DM Ms Mashego-Dlamini will be accompanied by both the honourable Mayor of uMgungundlovu District Municipality, Cllr T. Maphumulo and Cllr S. Zondi-Mbhele Mayor of uMshwathi Local Municipality, where they will also do a site visit at Dukathole Youth for Economic, Social and Rural Development Cooperative to official handover implements worth more than 2 Million that were acquired by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. The delegation will then proceed and visit other Co-operatives in the area.

The Imbizo is also part of the programme for Youth Month will entail a month long of activities aimed at highlighting the work of the government in providing opportunities for the youth, educating young people about their history and heritage, communicating opportunities brought by the democratic government, while having conversations with the youth on their role towards social cohesion and nation-building.


EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede has reiterated the importance of growing township economies through the City’s Radical Economic Transformation Framework.

Mayor Gumede was speaking at the opening today, 23 June, of the three-day South Regional Business Fair in Umlazi where she launched the ground-breaking  R32 million KwaMnyandu pedestrian bridge which has 14 trading kiosks.

The pedestrian bridge is part of the Municipality’s public-private investment to the KwaMnyandu Node which will create safe and easy access to the mall and train station while also creating economic opportunities for small businesses that will be occupying the kiosks.

“The KwaMyandu Node development framework is expected to generate and unlock more than R2 billion economic activities, comprised of mixed-use investment,” explained Mayor Gumede.

To fast-track the earmarked economic returns, eThekwini has already secured a land lease for the expansion of KwaMnyandu Mall which will increase the value of local shareholding stake which is currently at 22 percent as well as creating more employment which is presently sitting at 700.

Also, land sale to the Ingonyama Trust has been approved by Council to construct a petrol station for the Node.

Furthermore, Mayor Gumede announced that money has been set aside for a R24 million light industrial incubator.

“The business incubation facility will accommodate 20 small businesses in various sectors including upholstery, manufacturing or chemical detergents and steel fabrication.  The incubator will primarily focus on providing appropriate business accommodation and building tailored development programmes for the incubates,” she added.

To bridge the connectivity gap between urban and township areas as well as rural areas, national Communications Department Acting Director-General Phumla Williams said: “Minister Ayanda Dlodlo is committed to work together with Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele to ensure that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa meets the target of making South Africa a connected country.”

Williams added that Minister Dlodlo and Minister Cwele are pursuing on this plan to ensure the accelerated and inclusive economic growth.

“The urban areas and mainly the affluent areas have the latest modern technologies while the rural areas and townships are underdeveloped with little of the infrastructure, such as electricity and telephone lines, broadcasting services that are needed to thrive in today’s knowledge economy,” she said.

This plan was commended by a young successful Umlazi social entrepreneur Nonku Xulu who advised young people to explore technologically advanced opportunities to grow the local economy.


South African House Producer and DJ Benny Maverick Releases Powerful Video Opposing All Current Social Ills

Shot with a dark backdrop in Durban – Benny Maverick successfully asserts himself as an activist for youth, women, children and all South Africa in his latest music video offering.

Artistic scenes in the video showcase  Benny Maverick with fellow students rioting aginst the recent violence towards woman and girls; crime; education fees; and local content policy. The video also pays tribute to brutally murdered Karabo Mokoena who’s passing sparked an outcry against the increasing violence to our girls.

With burning plaque cards crying for a stop against ills which are affecting South Africa daily, Benny Maverick and Mshunqisi Memeza loud on a police van  with other young adults. “Memeza in English means to Shout! And this video does exactly that! We are shouting against violence towards girls and woman; we are shouting so that fees must fall; and we are shouting that our local content must lead the way on TV and Radio!” said the musician Benny Maverick on outcome of his powerful video.


Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairperson of the National Planning Commission, Jeff Radebe will lead the We are One Fun Walk in Bridge City, Kwa- Mashu in KwaZulu-Natal.

The We are One festival is a platform for the youth within Kwa-Mashu and Phoenix townships to  partnership with goverment in promoting social cohesion.  

The Fun Walk  will also be used to promoted the National Development Plan (NDP) , in particular, its long term goal of promoting social cohesion across society through increased interaction across race and class through sporting activites.  The NDP further articulates that, “sport teaches discipline, it is an integral component of a healthy lifestyle and enables South Africans to share common space”.

The festival is now in its second year, promoting oneness through sport and music, giving hope to the future generations, fostering social cohesion and equality whilst nurturing and building a generation for a prosperous peaceful, tolerant and equal society.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date: Saturday, 24 June 2017

Time: 06h30

Venue: Bridge City, Kwamashu, KZN

Enquiries Mmabatho Ramompi on 076 4803513 or

Follow the conversation on #WeareOne #NDP2030



South African Ministers including Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo and Public Works Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko are some of the prominent speakers lined up to address delegates at the South Regional Business Fair which is being held next weekend.

The Business Fair will take place at the KwaMnyandu Shopping Centre, Umlazi from 23 to 25 June and the public is invited to attend.

Entrance to this exciting business exhibition and conferences is free.

The Fair will run parallel with a two-day business conference where the focus will be on Radical Economic Transformation in infrastructure development.

The Ministers lined up to speak at the Business Fair will share government programmes and the opportunities available within their portfolios to assist entrepreneurs to help grow their businesses.

They are also expected to advise local entrepreneurs on how to take full advantage of government’s radical economic transformation programme.

Entrepreneurs such as Calvin and Family Group Founder, Calvin Mathibela who was recently listed as one of Forbes Africa’s 30 most promising young entrepreneurs, will also be in attendance.

Mathibela will deliver an inspirational talk on his entrepreneurial journey to motivate other business owners on how they can also become successful.

EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said inadequate infrastructure has been cited as one of the major constrains hindering economic growth in most cities.

“As government we believe that infrastructure development plays a powerful role in economic growth. Investing in this sector has a great potential in addressing economic challenges and can boost the development of small businesses, especially in marginalised areas and create more employment opportunities,” said Mayor Gumede.

Mayor Gumede said youth make up the majority of unemployed people in the country.

“We have therefore decided to invite people that are key in these sectors to advise young people about the available infrastructure development opportunities so that they too can play a meaningful role in the mainstream economy,” she added.

The public is invited attend the South Regional Business Fair to support local entrepreneurs and engage with prominent business people and government leadership.

For more information call 031 311 4500 or find DBNBusinessfair on Facebook or Twitter @DBNBusinessfair. Alternatively you can visit the Durban Business Fair website ar or the Municipality website

South Regional Business Fair To Inspire Local Entrepreneurs At KwaMnyandu Mall

DETERMINED to improve the long-term sustainability of Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMME’s) in eThekwini, the Municipality is all set to host the South Regional Business Fair at KwaMnyandu Shopping Centre taxi rank from 23 to 25 June.

This business exhibition will kick-off with the unveiling of the Municipality’s multi-million rand investment within the KwaMnyandu node aimed at boosting the local economic status which is 14 trading kiosks and the pedestrian bridge designed to create an easy and safe access to the mall.

The fair, which will boost sales and advertising of over 120 local exhibitors products, will run parallel with a two-day Business Indaba. The fair has attracted government ministers to highlight opportunities on infrastructure development and other business opportunities within their portfolio.

These include Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba, Public Works Minister, Nathi Nhleko and Minister of Communications, Ayanda Dlodlo who will bring information and communication technology entities as well as broadcasting digital migration stakeholders.

Mayor Zandile Gumede said youth entrepreneurship will take centre stage during the fair and the City has invited successful young entrepreneur Calvin Mathibeli who was recently listed among the top 30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa by Forbes. Mathibeli is expected to provide guidelines of owning a successful business at such a young age.

Mayor Gumede said the City is doing everything possible to provide a foundation for local youth to flourish. “In partnership with National Youth Development Agency, we will host a Start-up and Go Youth seminar within the fair targeting youth in business, high school learners and unemployed graduates. This will arm the youth with key information when starting a business and how to be innovative. During the second day, they will be given a chance to pitch their start-up business ideas to a group of key business personalities and sponsors,” added Mayor Gumede.

Mayor Gumede urged the public to attend the fair as it will be packed with insightful activities such as business master classes.

Other activities includes arts business master class, cooking exhibition by experienced chefs for those in the culinary sector and fashion pavilion.

“The Regional Business Fair is a result of the City’s plans of achieving long-term accelerated economic growth to reduce unemployment and inequality and to promote inclusive growth,” said Mayor Gumede.

Mayor Gumede further stated that SMMEs hold the key to unlocking local economic development. “Therefore it is vital for government to present such platforms to build a solid foundation for SMMEs to thrive.”

The public and members of the media are encouraged to attend this business empowerment platform. Details are as follows:

Date: 23 to 25 June

Time: 8am to 5pm

Venue: KwaMnyandu Shopping Centre taxi rank

To keep updated, join the conversation on facebook @DBNBusinessFair

KZN Economy braces for Vodacom Durban July 2017 boom

As tens of thousands of racing fans and socialites prepare to pour into Durban for the 121st running of the Vodacom Durban July, the regional economy is set to savour a R260 million injection directly from the raceday.

With the majority of the visitors to the iconic horse racing showpiece now travelling in from outside of the province, hotel and bed and breakfast establishments are in high demand, particularly with Durban hosting a number of other high-profile holiday festival events at the same time.

Air travel into and out of Durban peaks over the first weekend in July, fashion retailers do a booming trade, and the popular restaurants and bars in the greater Durban area do their record turnover on the weekend of the Vodacom Durban July.

With another sell-out crowd predicted for Greyville Racecourse next Saturday, the projections done by Durban Tourism point to an anticipated direct expenditure of participants and spectators to be R133.3 million.

In broader terms, the study projects the total direct economic impact on eThekwini’s GDP to be R259.8 million.

“The Vodacom Durban July promotes Durban and KwaZulu-Natal as a premier event destination not only in South Africa, but globally as well,” said Phillip Sithole, the acting DCM, Head of Durban Tourism.

“This hallmark event increases our domestic arrivals, economic spend, as well as increases the tourism contribution to the GDP and creates and sustains jobs for Durban’s citizens,” he added.

He alluded to the fact that the event brought businesses in suburbs and townships to life.

“The Vodacom Durban July has served as a catalyst to promote townships; as Durban Tourism’s aim is to ensure that townships become part of the tourism mainstream,” said Sithole.

“Pre and post Vodacom Durban July activations and side events are done at venues in these townships which increases sales and job creation.

In addition to this, over R100 million is spent at totes on course and at off-courses totes around the country.

Graeme Hawkins, Gold Circle’s Marketing Executive, said there was a guaranteed Pick 6 pool of R10-million which is expected to reach R11-million plus and a guaranteed Quartet pool on the Vodacom Durban July of R13-million which is expected to reach R15-million.

There will be place payouts on the first six placed horses and the pool for this bet is expected to reach R8-million.

Inanda, Ntuzuma & KwaMashu – Get Ready For The INK Bike Tour

The INK Area Based Management, in partnership with Go! Durban Cycle Academy and Durban Green Corridor has joined forces to host an INK Youth Bike Tour through the townships. This event will take place on the 01st of July at the Kwa Mashu Cycle Academy.

The Bike Tour is planned to open at Kwa Mashu Bike Park to Kwa Mashu City Centre and back to close at Kwa Mashu Bike Park. The bikers will cycle across INK townships main streets. This is to inspire all general members of these communities, and instill that cycling is a sport for everyone. The Tour will also contribute in environmental awareness education. EThekwini Municipality has a big interest in activities that seeks to promote green living and cycling has been proven to be one way of living green. As a sport, cycling promotes healthy lifestyle, education, culture, youth development through sport and career opportunity for young minds. Lastly, the Tour will expose touristic beauty of INK area. After the Bike Tour, which is planned from 07h00 to 09h00, there’ll be an after event at the Bike Park. Different sports, refreshments and music will ensure the participants’ further pleasure.

The entire event will be attended by approximately 100 kids from the mentioned areas, Councillors and stakeholders.

Please join us in celebrating this incredible milestone.

Date: 01/07/2017

Venue: Kwa Mashu Cycle Academy

Time: 07h00 – 11h30h

BET AWARDS exclusive to Africa

Tune-in to BET for the not-to-be-missed #BETAwards17 hitting our local screens on Tuesday 27 June on BET (DStv Channel 129) at 20:00 CAT. Hosted by the hilarious SNL star Leslie Jones, viewers can expect a star-studded line-up featuring; Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Future, Big Sean, Migos, Trey Songs, Tamar Braxton, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne and this year’s Lifetime Achievement Honourees New Edition.

Our very own Trevor Noah will be presenting an award on the evening, alongside other well-known and celebrated stars such as Issa Rae, Yara Rashid, Jamie Foxx and many more.

This year Mam Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s philanthropy will be awarded for the Global Good Award along with Somalian’s social activist Ilwad Elman. AKA celebrates his third nomination for Best International Act: Africa along first-time nominees; Nasty C, Babes Wodumo, Tekno, Davido , Mr Eazi and previous category winner Wizkid. Amanda Black and Tanzanian performer Ray Vanny hope for a win in their nominated category, Viewer’s Choice: Best International Act.

Set your reminders for an epic television experience next week Tuesday

3 000 learners to improve their maths and more this school holiday

One would think that most matrics spend their winter holidays relaxing, having fun and forgetting about school, but for 3 000 learners who have shown a particular aptitude for mathematics will do something completely different this year. They will spend their time exercising their brains at development camps held by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) around the country. These annual camps are just another way SAICA is working to address the quality of South Africa’s education system.

SAICA sees itself as a key stakeholder of the country – one with a vested interest in improving the quality of education, especially in mathematics. It has turned this strategic priority into action. For the past 15 years, SAICA has been offering academically talented, yet financially disadvantaged, Gr 12 learners additional academic support over the winter school holidays through its provincially-run SAICA Development Camps.

Each camp lasts five to seven days and provides learners with extra lessons to improve their mathematics, science, accounting and English aptitude. Learners are also offered life skills training and career information to help them make wise and appropriate career choices.

Senior Executive: Transformation & Growth, Gugu Makhanya explains why SAICA has undertaken this task: ‘When it comes to scarce-skill professions like medicine, engineering, actuarial science and chartered accountancy, the pool of learners who are academically talented enough to apply is a small one. The percentage of those learners who are black or coloured is even smaller. It is therefore essential that SAICA does what it can to assist and to grow the pipeline of the disadvantaged learners who wish to study towards a career in chartered accountancy.’

Makhanya continues: ‘Collaborating with key partners in the provincial departments of education, members of the accounting profession, representatives from universities and institutions such as the Financial Services Board, as well as various other professions, SAICA’s aim is to help improve learner proficiency in subjects like mathematics and science in order, ultimately, to improve the quality of passes that high school learners achieve in these subjects. We also find that, due to the mock exams learners participate in at the camps, they are better prepared for their final matric exams later in the year.’

Camp attendees shine in matric exams

This, Makhanya says, is evident when you analyse the matric results of past camp attendees.

SAICA’s records reveal that camp attendees are often at the top of the matric results list at the end of the year.

For example, in 2016, Mpumalanga Development Camp attendee Busisiwe Sibiya, achieved six distinctions in her final matric exams. Sbongiseni Zondi, who attended the KwaZulu-Natal Development Camp, scored three distinctions and achieved full marks for accounting.

‘We expect similar results from the leaners who will be attending this year’s camps,’ adds Makhanya excitedly.

More than 3 000 learners are expected to participate in the 2017 SAICA Development Camps which run between 30 June and 22 July for most provinces and between 1 and 7 October for the Northern Cape and additional Gauteng learners:

Province Date Camp Address Contact person  

(800 learners)

01 – 07 July Emakhazeni Boarding School Machadodorp  
09 – 15 July Emakhazeni Boarding School Machadodorp  

(220 learners)

30 June – 7 July Edendale Independent School


Western Cape

(200 learners)

9 – 14 July The Cape Academy for Maths and Science


(300 learners)

2 – 7 July University of Limpopo Polokwane  
2 – 7 July University of Venda


(300 learners)

3 – 8 July UKZN



North West

(200 learners)

9 – 15 July Potch Boys High School Potchefstroom  
Eastern Cape

(800 learners)

28 June – 7 July Sumcay Camping Centre

Port Elizabeth  
13 – 22 July Walter Sisulu University


Free State

(200 learners)

17 – 22 July University of the Free State

Northern Cape


1 – 7 October Venue: TBC  
Gauteng Gr 11 camp

(220 learners)

1 – 7 October Edendale Independent School



PROFILE: Neo Pitso

Neo Pitso is an independent artist based in Sydney, Australia. In a market saturated with rappers, Pitso is a breath of fresh air. Using the skills acquired at law school he has been able to self-manage his career, increase his fan base and also get some noteworthy endorsements.

He has shared the stage with artists such as; Nas, The Game, Rick Ross, Bone Thugs & Harmony and Cassidy. Labels continue to head hunt the South African native but he has remained independent placing creative control above all else. He remains the go-to artist for official supports in Australia. As one blogger put it ‘If there’s an artist coming from overseas and Pitso isn’t performing there it means he turned it down’.

Neo has partnered up with Adidas, Alizé and other global brands. BlackBerry also put him on their radar and flew him to Florida with other BlackBerry ambassadors; Alicia Keys and F1 driver, Lewis Hamilton.

In 2015, Pitso was awarded an iconic African Australian of the year award at the Sydney Opera House. Later that year he released a song with hit-maker AB Crazy titled ‘We On’. The song went #1 on DJ Ms Cosmo’s Hot99. The song stayed at #1 for 3 weeks in South Africa and cracked the top 10 in Australia. In early 2016 Neo released what would be the first single to his ‘The Neo Pitso EP’ titled ‘Money First’. The song earned him a Best Rap Act of 2016 award at the prestigious AMMA Awards.

In 2017, Neo Pitso continues to wow audiences with his electrifying life performances. As he sets out to make his mark in the industry he has vowed to work on more collaborative efforts with like-minded artists. With his mantra ‘Obsessed with Success’ inspiring a legion of followers, there’s no doubt that Pitso will become a force to be reckoned with in the music world.


Multi-award winning, GOLD selling, Afro-Soul music sensation and African Jewel, Berita, has just released her highly anticipated third studio self-titled album, BERITA.

Two years in the making, BERITA is a personal journey master piece consisting of 14 tracks that explore various themes surround the topic of love that everyone can relate to.

“This album is truly special to me as it explores my personal journey in the past two years from heartbreak, going through soul searching, gaining my power, embracing romance, finding love and   appreciating life. I feel free and confident and can’t wait for everyone else to hear the music,” shares Berita.

Stream or download the BERITA album here:

The debut of Berita’s third studio album comes off the back of a private intimate listening session held at Universal Music in Rosebank, Johannesburg this past Wednesday. The listening session was attended by her close friends and family as well as fellow musicians, industry influencers and members of the media.

About her listening session, Berita expresses: “I would like to thank everyone who attended the listening on Wednesday night. It was a blissful evening of sharing my journey, and was made more special by my mother’s presence, as my stage name and third album is named after her.”

Berita describes her third studio album as a body of work that came from her soul. Unlike her first two albums that were based on other people’s experiences and situations happening in the world respectively; all 14 songs on BERITA have personal meaning and were written from experiences Berita went through over the past two years.

“This album is my dream come full circle. I put my heart and soul into every lyric and melody. Inspired by my growth creatively and as a young woman into an African Jewel, I’m proud to present my self-titled album,” shares Berita.

“Berita has been very hands on with the creation of a musical master piece that is now her BERITA album. It’s been two years of hard work for the African Jewel and we are glad that today the country gets to finally hear what we believe is her best work to date. BERITA contains music that will appeal to various demographics and will become yet another great classic album to add to her multi-award winning catalogue of music,” expresses Raphael Benza of Vth Season.

BERITA is now available nationwide in all good music stores and globally on all major digital platforms. Purchase BERITA online here:

The music video for Berita’s hit single Ezizweni with Mobi Dixon is now live on YouTube.


UMzinyathi District Municipality will be conducting its first council sitting and inauguration after the highly contested and successful bi-elections held peacefully on the 24th May 2017 in Nquthu Local Municipality.


The inaugural meeting will sit in accordance to Section 24(2) of the Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, 1998 (Act No. 117 of 1998), on the 13th June 2017 to officiate the seating of Council and the new office bearers, who will hold office and fulfil their Constitutional Mandate for the term until 2021.

Members of the media are invited to the sitting as per the following details:

Date: 13 June 2017, Tuesday

Time: 11:00am

Venue: Battlefields Country Lodge, Dundee

For more information, please contact,

Nomonde Nzimakwe on 072 417 4988 or email,


Yvonne Chaka Chaka And Ilwad Elman Will Be Honoured With Global Good Awards At The 2017 “BET Awards”

BET Africa, part of Viacom’s African multimedia portfoliorevealed that iconic musician and humanitarian Yvonne Chaka Chaka will be honoured with the 2017 “BET Awards” International Global Good Star and Power Award, while singer Amanda Black has been nominated for the much coveted Viewer’s Choice “Best International Act”. They will be awarded at the 2017 “BET Awards” in Los Angeles at the annual star studded event which will be broadcast on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) on 27 June 2017 at 20:00 CAT.

Yvonne best known as the “Princess of Africa” has been recognised alongside Somali-Canadian social activist Ilwad Elman, while iconic R&B group New Edition will be presented with The Lifetime Achievement Award and hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper, will receive the Humanitarian Award presented by Walmart.

Amazulu” crooner Amanda Black and Tanzanian performer Ray Vanny are nominated for Viewer’s Choice Award “Best International Act”, in conjunction with performers from the UK, South Korea, Canada, Australia and Jamaica.

Commented Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa: “The continent is privileged and honoured to have incredible women such as Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Ilwad Elman representing Africa. They are well-deserved recipients who have influenced the world through their humanitarianism and social activism. Our congratulations go out to all the winners including Chance The Rapper and New Edition whose artistry has transcended the boundaries of music. Congratulations also go to Amanda Black who is making her mark in the industry.”

Yvonne and Ilwad join past Global Good winners, philanthropist Akon for his Lighting Africa initiative and Tanzanian supermodel Millen Magese for her dedicated work in maternal and women’s health as well as the education of African girls on self-care through her Millen Magese Foundation. The Global Good honorees will be presented with their awards at the international edition of the 2017 “BET Awards”.

Commented Yvonne Chaka Chaka, “I am overwhelmed, humbled and overjoyed with thishonour. I have received many awards and have performed on many stages in the world and getting this recognition just puts the pieces of the puzzle together.”

BET Networks recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across over 19 categories with the 2017 “BET Awards” nominations. The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and the creative arts.

Fans can support their favorite Viewer’s Choice “Best International Act” by voting online at or on social media and tweeting or tagging BET International @BET_Intl on Twitterand Instagram using the hashtag #ipick. Voting closes on 22 June at 00:59 CAT.

Russian Bear is the official South African broadcast sponsor for the BET Awards 2017.


Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will, in his capacity as Chairperson of the South African Aids Council (SANAC) and the Human Resource Development Council of South Africa (HRDCSA) participate in the inaugural HEAIDS Youth Conference on Saturday, 10 June 2017.

Deputy President Ramaphosa will engage with young people in an open dialogue on HIV, STI, TB, general health, youth economic empowerment, social inequalities and other challenges affecting them.

The Conference will take place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

The dialogue will be one of the highlight of this Conference organised by Higher Education and Training HIV/Aids national programme (HEAIDS) under the leadership of Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana.  The Conference will be staged between the 9th and 12th June 2017.

HEAIDS is a national facility to develop and support the HIV mitigation programmes at South Africa’s public Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), and Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges (TVETs).

The Conference under the theme “Ukuhlonyiswa Kwabasha” (Empowering the Youth) brings together more than 1 800 young people from across the country who will include learners from schools, universities, TVET colleges and communities.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela along with several other government ministers and a number of MECs of health will also be in attendance.

Open dialogue with the Deputy President

Date      :               Saturday, 10 June 2017

Time      :               09h00

Venue  :               Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, 45 Bram Fischer Road,

                                Durban, KwaZulu-Natal


In an effort to provide access to education and eradicate illiteracy, the Department of Education has taken it upon itself to ensure that there is provision of subsidised dedicated learner transport in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

We have conducted an audit in all our schools to identify learners that are forced to cross rivers or dams when attending schools. The audit revealed that 181 schools in the Province have got learners that are crossing rivers or dams when going to schools.

It is important to note that a total of amount of R194 million has been set aside in the current financial to provide road transport to 47 747 learners in KwaZulu-Natal. A total of eight (8) ferry boats have been procured of which four (4) have already been delivered and distributed to Nkovukeni, Nkonjane, and Hlengiwe Schools in Umkhanyakude District.

The ferry boat programme currently caters for 415 learners in the province. We are making every effort possible to ensure that this mode of transport is made available to all deserving schools. An additional R10 million has be taken away from the Office of the MEC for Education to fund the purchase of additional ferry boats in the 2017/18 financial year.

The ferry boat programme was launched on the 20th of April 2017 in Nkovukeni River, Umhlabuyalingana, under uMkhanyakude District by the MEC for Education Mthandeni Dlungwana.

Umkhanyakude District remains one of our priorities given the fact that it is mostly rural and does not have adequate development infrastructure.

Another ferry boat has been allocated to three (3) more schools in the area of Madonela, Umkhanyakude District. The affected schools are:

·         Mjindi High school

·         Mamfene Primary school

·         Madonela Primary School

Our departmental authorities have already visited the community representatives of Madonela which include the local traditional chief, school governing body, and local councillor, and municipal officials.

The Department of Education will continue to rollout this project to other districts that have similar challenges.  This is a success story that will go long way in broadening access to quality education.

In the meantime, ground transport is being provided for learners to travel to and from the affected schools in the area of Madonela.


The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, General Bheki Cele will  embark on a number of sector expos and other youth empowerment initiatives during the month of June 2017. To kickstart the commemorative activities, the Deputy Minister  will be accompanied by the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Themba  Mthembu and Umzumbe Local Municipality  Mayor Cllr SR Ngcobo at theDAFF Youth Career Expo which will be held at Esibanini in Umzumbe Local Municipality on Friday, 09 June 2017.

The Deputy Minister will engage with unemployed youth and students with the aim of sharing information with them about the diverse career opportunities available in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors.

Sector expos are aimed at cultivating an affinity between the sector and young people and are also aimed at empowering youngsters through information sharing and showcasing available opportunities. This initiative will further create a platform for different stakeholders such as the Ugu Development Agency and other youth development programmes to interact with the youth in an effort to motivate and upskill upcoming and existing young producers.

By launching the first ever #Agri-Stars event in Pretoria in 2016,General Cele has been successful in accelerating youth recognition and forging more participation by the youth in agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

More than 500 youth, including graduates who are part of the Mphunyuka Agricultural Cooperative, which farms in organic crop production are expected to attend.

The expo will be hosted under the theme “Harnessing investment for youth empowerment towards South Africa’s economic development and future prosperity”.

Details of the event:          


Date             : Friday, 09 June 2017

Venue          : Esibanini Community Hall, Umzumbe Local Municipality, Ward 10,


Time            : 08:00 (project visits)

Business meets to fight mall crime

Subsequent to the frenzy caused by the recent robberies to malls and shopping centres, the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry held an anti-crime discussion yesterday morning, to find creative workable solutions that would enable a long term plan to end the scourge of crime

Durban united against crime dialogue was facilitated by the President of the Durban Chamber, Mr Zeph Ndlovu who outlined that it is a civic responsibility to help fight the scourge of crime. Ndlovu said “Durban was not alone, New York at one stage went through a phase similar to this and other big cities around the world”.

Mr Nhlanhla Mthethwa, the Deputy Chief of the Metro Police outlined the mandate of the Metro Police which was crime prevention, traffic enforcement and by-law enforcement. Mr Mthethwa highlighted that malls are treated as private property and Metro Police cannot intervene without a service level agreement between the City and those private entities, however Mthethwa assured the audience that as Durban Metro police, they will try to make sure that an attempt to engage with stakeholders is made for all malls that they do not have service level agreement with.  

Ensuring that they is visible policing was another issued that was discussed, Mthethwa said that the Metro Police will be undergoing a recruitment drive (recruiting 200 per year). This drive will aim to address issues of professionalism, establishing a code of conduct and reviewing and revising policies to address issues. In addition, he indicated that crime prevention first starts with communities addressing key issues.

Malls are a place of social gathering where family and friends meet, with people across all ages visiting daily. As such Business representatives of malls seemed to be in agreement with the notion that they would not allow their guards to carry guns, Kurt Hogan, general manager of Galleria Mall said they would not have armed guards at the centre, stating their ultimate responsibility is to their customers.

Ms Jabu Nkomo, Safety and Justice Chairperson of the Durban Chamber outlined that businesses needed to hold law enforcement agencies accountable. She went on to say that there needs to be communication and planning around business for such crimes. In addition, businesses should consider crime prevention methods/strategies. Through the safety and justice forum, the Chamber will continue the dialogue of fighting crime related issues affecting businesses and the wellbeing of staff.

Busting Crime and Grime is a key vision of the Durban Chamber therefore the Durban Chamber will continue to advocate for a City in which compliance with laws and regulations is the order of the day and all parts of the City are maintained at a high level. In addition, the Durban Chamber encourages business people and consumers to remain vigilant and on high alert against such criminal elements.


Laylizzy is back with the next big hit so wake up, pray and “SLAY.”

Describing himself as a needle in a haystack after gracing the front cover of Moz Celeb Magazine, the streets have been showing him love as the continental premiere of “Slay” continues to slay radio stations across the continent. #LaylizzySlay is now officially out for download.

“The African Boom Boxx,” as DJ Sabby commented, “Laylizzy has finally given gents their own version of Beyonce’s “Formation” and even more reason to proudly sing along to the words, “Slay” without feeling ashamed.

The empowering anthem touches on some of the things that are happening in Laylizzy’s life as his music career continues to blossom, hence the title “Slay.”

The slaying is evident as he is the first hip hop artist to be a cover star on Moz Celeb Magazine, stylishly dressed, looking fresh and gracing the front cover on the latest issue. Laylizzy is a strong believer in empowering other people which he does so well through his music and he encourages everyone to SLAY.

“Slay” is a song about you feeling great, being fresh, stylish and waking up to a world of endless possibilities and success. The continental premiere kicked off on the 2nd of June, hitting radio stations in South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya and Nigeria just to name a few.  The song is currently sitting at number 9 on YFM’s Hot 99 hip hop chart.  

Slay with Laylizzy by downloading the track on these platforms and share a video of you slaying with #LaylizzySlay:





The MTV Base VJ Search for South Africa’s next superstar VJ has begun and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) in partnership with Breezer, today saw thousands of talented youngsters who “Live Life In Colour” all hoping to clinch the title as the next MTV Base VJ.

One entrant 25-year-old Melody Miya from Katlehong had arrived at the auditions at 5am, said he was “super excited” to audition.
“This is a life changing opportunity to contribute to an ever growing community driven by music, culture and fashion. I am ready to be the next MTV Base VJ,” he said.

Another entrant from Pretoria East, Fahtso Baby said, ‘It’s my looks that make me distinctively different, my thickness, my heIght and my style all make me stand out”.

Like the brand’s alumnus Sizwe Dhlomo, Vanessa Mdee, Sandile Ntshingila, Ehizojie “Ehiz” Okoeguale, Nomuzi Mabena and Fikile “Fix” Moeti, these wannabe VJs got a chance to prove to a panel of expert judges of the nationwide MTV Base VJ Search that they have what it takes, when they shot their on-camera auditions at the first audition round that took place at Zone 6 in Soweto, south of Johannesburg on Saturday morning.

MTV Base VJ Search auditions will continue next Saturday in Durban on 10 June, Cape Town 17 June and conclude in Port Elizabeth on 24 June before the finalist is announced on 6 August 2017. The winner will be awarded a 12-month contract as an ambassador for the network and also stands a chance to host MTV Base shows and interview some of the biggest music stars in the world at international award shows such as the Video Music Awards (VMAs), European Music Awards (EMAs), and The MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA). They are expected to have a passion for global and African youth culture and music, and must be authentic and “live life in colour”, just like the network’s audience.

Monde Twala, Vice President for BET, youth and music commented, “Jozi came alive this weekend, we are humbled by the turn-out and love from all the young people who came out to showcase the best of South African talent. VJ Search is a true reflection of the power of the MTV and MTV Base brand on the continent. MTV VJ Search provides hope and inspires ability for the youth to reach for their dreams. We are proud of each and everyone who came out to the Soweto auditions ”.

Category Head for Breezer, Asia Middle East and African markets, Anshuman Goenka said, “Breezer lives life in colour and this is a brand that acknowledges the freedom of expression and boldness that our consumers embody, and it fuels this freedom, which is what we saw today in Joburg.

The bright colours of our Breezer flavours express diversity, passion, excitement and fun which is what this partnership between Breezer and MTV Base VJ Search reflected in these auditions, that saw many African youth live and make their bold statements while living life in colour”.

Following auditions will be held at these dates and venues:
10 June: Olive Convention Centre, Durban
17 June: Belmont Square, Cape Town
24 June: The Beach Hotel, Port Elizabeth.

Registration for the MTV Base VJ Search auditions starts from 8:00 am each venue. Applicants are encouraged to be on-site early as auditions will take place on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applicants must be South African residents between the ages of 18-25 with fluent English.  Prior presenting or TV experience is not required.  Applicants must bring a valid ID with them and be available to participate in the elimination phases of the competition between 24 May and 30 July.  For full terms and conditions, to download the audition script and to view online submissions, please go to and follow the link to the MTV Base VJ Search microsite.  To upload a video entry, please upload a 90 second video clip (.m4v, .mp4 format) to, or post your Audition Video (or a link to it) to your social media account (Instagram, Facebook, Google+ or Twitter or all of the above) using the hashtag #MTVBaseVJSearch.

The MTV Base VJ Search is brought to you by Breezer. Live Life in Colour.

WIN A HOLIDAY WORTH R30 000 With IsoLeZwe At Royal Show

To everyone that’s going to the Royal Show grounds, make sure you visit the Isolezwe stand and stand a chance of winning great prizes.

This is what you could be winning:

  • A holiday worth R30 000
  • Durban July tickets
  • Bus vouchers

If you guys an Isolezwe newspaper at the stand, you get a goodie bag with a ton of gifts.



Dumile Cele’s Statement: Durban Taxi Strike

Given the pivotal role the taxi industry plays in the movement of people in South Africa, any taxi strike will always have an enormous impact on local business. Many of the Durban Chamber businesses have informed us this morning that workers were not able to reach work and as such operating on a skeleton staff compliment. Toyota informed us that their plant was not operational at all this morning.  The provincial office of SANTACO also informed us that their means of production are also down and as such losing revenue.

The taxi strike therefore has an enormous negative impact on eThekwini given the multiple effects it has on the entire city’s social and economic life.

The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been informed that the challenge, that has resulted in the taxi strike will be addressed through the various communication structures and platforms between the parties concerned.

Released by: Dumile Cele

Chief Executive Officer: Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry



We wish to thank the chairperson and members of the committee for convening this meeting. Equally, we express our appreciation to the members of the committee for their attendance.
We acknowledge the fact that this is the first meeting of the Portfolio Committee on the Office of the Premier since we presented our Budget Vote.
We believe that it will be appropriate to thank all the members for the guidance provided to me as an executive authority, and to the entire management in the Office of the Premier.
Importantly, the debate on the budget vote was dignified with members of the committee carrying themselves in a matter befitting the image of the legislature.  During my acceptance speech I offered to work with all members of this house across all political lines and preferences.  
Each time, I interact with all of you as members of the portfolio I always appreciate your sincerity and genuine concerns about issues of governance.  I certainly know that I can count on the support of all members of this committee as together we work on the government’s agenda and priorities over the last two years of this term of office of this government.  
Importantly, we all agree that the Office of the Premier has a fundamental responsibility of ensuring improvement in service delivery, fighting poverty, unemployment – crime – corruption and promoting rural development, and revamping our health and education systems. 
The fact that I am here this morning is a reflection of the importance you all attach to the issue of accountability.  We undertake to use our power and executive authority bestowed by our people solely for their upliftment and realization of a better life for all our people.
These are huge responsibilities but with the support of members of this committee, the legislature, our partners in the labour movements, business community and civil society, as well as the citizens, our duty will be made easier.
Bi-elections in Nquthu
Chairperson, at this stage I want to reflect on the recent bi-elections in Nquthu. No words of gratitude will suffice to thank the people of Nquthu for the successful, peaceful, free and fair bi-elections.
As leaders of all parties and the Government of KwaZulu-Natal in this Legislature, we need to thank all the voters who voted for our different parties in the exercise of their democratic right and freedom of choice. Those who were elected across all political parties must accept each other as the credible and collective voice of ordinary members in Nquthu.
We are therefore calling upon all councillors to put aside their narrow political interests and work towards together in the interest of the voters. The executive council will be receiving a detailed briefing from Department of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the processes to be undertaken to constitute the municipal council. 
South Africa is respected throughout the world for its stable democracy. This country remain an inspiration to many within and outside our African continent.  KwaZulu-Natal Province for its part should make a contribution in sustaining freedom and democracy.  Therefore, we have a responsibility, as leaders representing the aspirations of many of our people, to ensure political stability and socio-economic development. 
Despite the challenges of our times, we want to make the call for the leaders across sectors of our community and citizens of our province to unite and work hard to create a stronger province economically and socially.
At all times, we need to commend the pioneering work done by the First Premier Dr FT Mdlalose and His Excellency President JG Zuma in initiating peace in this province. Siyabonga
The prevailing climate for free-political activity in Nquthu is a marked improvement from what characterized that area ahead of the previous elections starting with national elections in 1994.  
Even more humbling was the mood of optimism that we detected during the election campaign. The high hopes were unmistakable amongst all our people in the area as they interacted with leaders of different political parties. Once again, went to say congratulations to the people of Nquthu and all political parties that participated. 
Rape and murder of women 
We wish to report that the Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula was in the province to deal with issues of safety and security in the province. We want to increase the capacity of police to deal with crime across the province. 
Over the past few weeks there have been feelings of gloom and doom following the brutal murder of innocent women, especially young girls some from KwaZulu-Natal Province.
Our quest for freedom cannot be complete if our country is plagued by social ills which have become so endemic in our society such as child molestation, rapes and murders.
While the law is currently taking its cause, we call on communities to stand up and unite in a public display of disapproval of this sheer brutality. 
The spirit of civic responsibility and pride which leads to citizen, especially the youth, to respect and obey the law and value human lives must be built throughout the province. Without this, reducing social ills will remain a huge challenge.
The Democracy Support Unit and Office of the Status of Women and Children in the Office of the Premier, working with Social Development and other departments, will rollout community based programmes to mobilize society to stand up and protect women and children. These activities will be mainstreamed into the activities managed at ward level through the War Rooms.
We are also mobilized various government departments to attend to issues  such as the welfare challenges of vulnerable children including abused and orphaned, youth in distress, homeless children, those from unstable families and those in conflict with the law in order to create safety nets to save them from joining the pool from which hardened criminals recruit.
There is a strong role of parents, leaders of society including traditional and religious leaders. Through the Moral Regeneration campaign we want to emphasize the teachings from the families to focus on human values of respect and caring for a fellow human being. 
Our message as government is that normal socialization is about creating a human being capable of showing and sharing affection, warmth and friendship. It is such individuals that will create a caring and humane society that we desire.
As government we want to send our deepest condolences to the families of the affected victims.  The MEC for Social Development Weziwe Thusi has been in touch with the families and provided much needed assistance. 
We want to appeal to the members of this committee and leaders of political parties in the legislature to work together to mobilize all leaders of society and communities. We call on mayors and councillors across all municipalities in the province to be actively involved in the fight against this act. 
It cannot be correct that families of rape victims are not even visited by elected representatives when their loved ones have been exploited. This is a serious indictment on all of us as leaders. If society does not protect women, our country is headed for the doldrums. 
Social Cohesion Summit 
We call for restraint in various communities such as KwaMashu where there have been sporadic xenophobic attacks. 
We wish to announce that the Social Cohesion Summit will take place at KwaMashu Christian Centre this Thursday starting from 09h00 in the morning.
You will recall that on the 6th April 2016, the provincial government released a report of the Reference Group on Migration and Community Integration and a report of a Study Group that was assembled to investigate the causes of xenophobic attacks and threats to Social Cohesion. 
The mandate of the reference group was to assess reported causes and socio economic impacts of attacks against foreign nationals. The focus was on attacks that took place between March and May in 2015.  The reference group was asked to consider the successes and shortcomings of past-and-ongoing initiatives for reducing tensions between communities and outline immediate and long-term solutions in response to the violent attacks.
The reference group adopted a multi-pronged methodology to conduct its inquiry. This comprised site visits to affected areas, the convening of consultations, focus groups and interviews. 
The reference group identified the following consequences of the violent attacks against foreign nationals:- 
  1. Structural – legacy of apartheid has left South Africa with deep structural disparities including high levels of unemployment, poverty and increasing inequality. These difficult socio-economic conditions, prevalent in KZN, are not in and of themselves causes of violence but they create tensions that may lead to violence.
  2. Institutional – A lack of accurate data on the number of foreign nationals living in the province contributes to the negative and common believe that foreign nationals are flooding the country. The reference group believes that deficiencies in policy implementation contributed to the dynamics underpinning the violent attacks.  South Africa’s Immigration and Refugees Acts, although comprehensive on paper, have not been implemented fully. Immigration Act does not account for the unique circumstance of many undocumented foreign nationals already in SA. The Refugee Act although progressive but is not supported by necessary administrative capacity to regulate, monitor and protect all who seek refuge
  3. Societal – Locals are unaware of the histories, cultures and personal experiences of foreign nationals currently residing in the province. This is compounded by many locals unaware that South Africa’s Bill of Rights and the constitution protects all persons in the country and that there are distinctions between the different categories of migrant permits. 
In addition, the Reference Group found amongst others the following:-
  1. The outbreak of violence against foreign nationals in KZN was the result of the deliberate efforts of select individuals, some of whom had interests in the informal trading sector, to drive away competition by foreign national-owned business. These attacks sparked the outbreak of widespread incidents of criminality, violence and looting of properties owned by foreign nationals.
  1. The longer-term causes underpinning the outbreak of violence are multifaceted and complex. The triple challenges of poverty, socio-economic inequality and unemployment contributed to an environment of heightened tensions within and between many communities. The resulting tensions have been exploited by individuals or groups with narrow self-interests and this contributed to violence.
  1. Many communities throughout KZN were unaffected by the outbreak of violence. The reference group found that in KwaDukuza local communities and foreign nationals promoted ongoing dialogue and lived side-by-side in harmony. 
  1. The majority of allegations against foreign national traders, in respect of business practices, have been found to be perceptions not based on facts. For example, far from receiving preferential treatment on religious grounds, the reference group found that a number of foreign national traders participate in a cooperative pricing scheme open to everyone. Another example is the allegation that foreign nationals do not register their businesses, whereas consultations with the relevant government institutions highlighted that foreign national businesses are more likely to be compliant.
When we released the report I was the MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison. As members of the executive council we committed ourselves to implement the recommendations of the Reference Group.
Some of the recommendations include the following:- 
  1. Innovative solutions to reduce tensions in the small and informal trading sectors
  2. Developing and Enhancing National Policies on Migration
  3. Strengthen re-integration through more collaborative approach
  4. Educating civil servants on the rights and documentation of foreign nationals
  5. Upgrading of physical infrastructure of KZN’s border areas
  6. Education based campaigns to promote more cohesive and sustainable community relations
  7. Long-term investment on skills development from early childhood, primary, secondary, high school to tertiary level.
Importantly, I wish to remind members of this committee that the provincial executive committee also appointed a Special Committee on Social Cohesion which comprised of the following people:- 
  1.  Professor Paulus Zulu – Chairperson 
  2. Prof Cheryl Potgieter
  3. Mr Paddy Kearney 
  4. Mr Vasu Gounden
The investigation of the committee shown that structural threats present urgent challenges to mutual acceptance in this province and this is one of the definitive goals of social cohesion. 
The committee observed that many of the participants during its investigation placed emphasis on class standing and socio-economic issues as well as racial dynamics as important mediums of self and communal identification.
Without going into details, I wish to highlight some of the threats to social cohesion as articulated by participants during an investigation by this committee. 
Unequal access to quality education: challenges in terms of individual access to institutions as well as quality education within the primary, secondary institutions remains central to perceptions of threats to social cohesion. 
The urgency of reducing socio-economic inequalities emerged as central to the pursuing of greater social cohesion in KZN
Infrastructure deficits: Participants noted that the spatial legacies of apartheid in KZN have yet to be resolved and continue to exacerbate tensions that threaten social cohesion. 
Despite best efforts by government to increase the provision of houses, increase spending on infrastructure and commitment to ensuring reliable provision of basic services, participants perceived continued inequalities within KZN townships, peri-urban communities, shacks and transit camps as cause for concerns. 
Racialized economy: The racialised and inequitable economic competition perceived by the people of this province was central to the discussion of social cohesion.  Participants expressed serious concerns and reservations about existing structures and policies especially related to government procurement.  Participants questioned the repeated awarding of tenders to select individuals and companies suggesting that what should be an equitable and fair process is instead characterised by pervasive and political patronage. 
The Social Committee on Social Cohesion recommended the following: 
  1. Revitalizing policy provisions to promote more equitable economic development – central to this is the building of inclusive and equitable economy. This requires appropriate skills base, the injection of financial capital into SMMEs and greater partnership between SMMEs and big corporate. 
  2. Developing a more transparent and equitable tender system: Greater transparency regarding the awarding of tenders is required to undercut ant suspicion of corruption or wrong doing in the area of government procurement.  Transparency and merit should underpin the tender process right to the awarding of tender and reasons should be publicised for the failure and success of the bids.
  3. Promoting peace, education, building a culture of mutual acceptance and encouraging trauma healing – Government should provide resources for peace education programmes involving communities. 
  4. Revamping the provinces social cohesion strategy – KZN government should undertake a multi-stakeholder dialogue towards the development of a medium term provincial strategy for social cohesion. The strategy must take into account, cultural, social, political and economic dimensions. Critically, the provincial government should undertake a 20 year review highlighting key achievements. 
  5. Strengthening communication and dialogue in KZN – The KZN government should strengthen its communication with its citizens especially during period of policy formulations.  There should be a greater focus on social media and mainstream media to bridge the gap between government and its citizens. 
  6. Dialogue with societal institutions and stakeholders that can strengthen social cohesion – these includes religious leaders, academic institutions, big business, community leaders, political parties and the media.
This summit should be viewed within the context of the implementation of the recommendations of the structures I have highlighted. 
Members of this committee are invited to attend the Summit. We are must all work together to unite the people of KwaZulu-Natal behind a common vision.
Acting Director General
Chairperson and members of the house, the last issue I would like to highlight is that of the Acting Director General. Mrs Primrose Khumalo has been acting for the period of a year now. 
According to the government prescripts, SMS members should not act for a period exceeding a year.  We want to therefore inform members of the committee that Mrs Khumalo will serve for the last time as the Acting Director General tomorrow 31 May 2017
I wish to draw the attention of the members of this house to the fact that the process of appointing a Director General is underway. I can put it on record that the shortlisting processes has also been undertaken.
While this process is unfolding and nearing its completion, I wish to indicate that another Deputy Director General will be appointed to act for a period of two months. The new Acting Director General is Mr Zakhele Mnqayi. 
It should be noted that since 2014 we have been head-hunting a Director General to no avail. We advertised the post but there were no suitable candidates. But in our recent shortlisting there were qualified candidates and we are hopeful a suitable candidate will be identified during the interviewing process.
365 Days in Office 
Tomorrow I will be finishing 365 days in the office. I want to take this opportunity and express my appreciation to you for the support over the past months. 
Over the next months we undertake to strengthen partnerships all leaders of society outside the legislature. 
We will maintain good working relations with political parties and we undertake to ensure regular confidential briefings in the legislature with leaders of political parties on matters of service delivery. These includes IFP, DA, EFF, MF and leaders of parties outside the legislature.
We want to emphasize that our energies as members of the executive council will be channelled towards ensuring an equitable distribution of economic opportunities in order to uplift our people who are leaving below the poverty line.
I thank you 


The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) of South Africa has put its full support behind the Sex Workers Education & Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) expressing disappointment at the South African Law Reform Commission’s (SALRC) Adult Prostitution Report released by the South African Department of Justice today.

“We have seen a copy of the Draft Report that recommends the continued full criminalization of sex work,” says Ishtar Lakhani, Advocacy and Human Rights Defence Manager of SWEAT.

“We anticipate that the full report will remain the same. Our concern is that government will also recommend partial decriminalisation as the most viable model.”

“AHF supports SWEAT’s call for the decriminalization of sex work and calls on government to put the rights of all its citizens at the heart of their legislation,” says Larissa Klazinga, AHF’s Regional Policy and Advocacy Manager: Southern Africa.

“Sex work is work and, as such, sex workers deserve the same rights and protections as every other citizen.”

Lakhani believes that the Department of Justice “is scrambling to salvage their reputation in the current context where they have done nothing to deal with the past month’s horrible violence experienced against women.”

She explains that the SALRC report has been 20 years in the making, “has been on the desk of the Deputy Minister of Justice since 2014, and is therefore completely out of date.

“The report ignores all human rights and public health research and is yet another example of state systems failing to address violence against women and not listen to evidence and the voices of women.”

Lakhani added that hundreds of sex workers have died since the Department of Justice received the draft report in 2014. “The department’s failure to act has been a death sentence to sex workers.”

“The continued criminalization of sex work is driving new HIV infections in South Africa,” Klazinga says. “Police confiscate condoms, harass sex workers and use the presence of multiple condoms as evidence. Criminalization costs lives and punishes the most vulnerable members of our society.”

A breakdown of the 20-year timeline of the South African Law Reform Process on “Adult Prostitution” reveals that there is still no law reform.

“The SALRC’s investigation into ‘Adult Prostitution’ began in 1997 and was originally entitled ‘Sexual Offences By and Against Children’, Lakhani explains. The SALRC later expanded the scope of the investigation to include sexual crimes against adults and it was renamed ‘Sexual Offences’. An ‘Adult Prostitution’ Issue Paper was released in 2002 and in 2014 SALRC submitted a report and recommendations to the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development.

“It has been 20 years and there is still no law reform,” Lakhani says. “In the meantime sex workers are made vulnerable to abuse, murder, illness and human rights violations!”

Referring to the Swedish Model – which was introduced in Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Canada in order to regulate sex work – Lakhani comments, “it is not a radical departure from the current situation in South Africa. Criminalising clients doesn’t work now as it is.”

The Model does not criminalise the selling of sex but it does criminalise the buying of sex and other activities surrounding sex work, including running a brothel.

“The Swedish Model has not worked in Sweden and will not work in a South African context,” Lakhani says. “We already criminalise clients and brothel owners and it doesn’t work.”

“AHF believes everyone should have access to high quality healthcare without stigma,” says Hilary Thulare, Country Programme Director AHF Southern Africa. “The criminalization of sex work reinforces stigma and makes it more difficult for sex workers to access treatment. AHF is opening a clinic in partnership with SWEAT that seeks to address this. Sex workers and their families will be able to access care in a friendly, supportive clinic at the SWEAT offices.”


Media personality and entrepreneur Phumlani Dube’s Phumlani Dube Foundation is launching a new initiative to provide free self defence lessons to women across eThekwini. This will be in the form of road show workshops and is part of the foundation’s #ImpiloPhambili Sexuality and Life Skills Programme that seeks to respond to social ills in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

The road show kicks off on Saturday the 3rd of June in Umlazi (V Section Community Hall), and will move to Clermont (Clermont Sports Hall) on the 10th and then wrap up in kwaMashu (L Section Community Hall) on the 17th. Skilled martial arts specialists and unarmed combat instructors will provide the training in techniques including defensive postures, how to break holds, and guards against kicks, strangulation and assault with a weapon. This initiative is a first for Durban and KwaZulu-Natal and is proudly sponsored by the eThekwini Municipality.

Phumlani Dube Foundation founder Phumlani Dube said the aim is to teach women fighting techniques so that they are able to defend and protect themselves, their friends and their families in the wake of recent incidents of abuse and violence against women and girls across the country in which many were assaulted, brutalised, robbed, abducted, kidnapped, raped and murdered.

Dube said they will also engage young people and communities about issues such as life skills education, substance abuse education, sexuality education and relationships, transactional sex, teenage pregnancy, the role of sport in disease prevention and health promotion, healthy eating and promoting healthy behaviours and lifestyles through sport and physical activity. Entry is FREE. Everyone is invited and everyone is welcome – male and female.

We welcome sponsorships and partnerships from individuals, organisations, companies and all partners ready to support our campaign and mission. For more information please contact the Phumlani Dube Foundation at 031 824 0545.

Releasing soon: Langa Mavuso’s new EP ‘Home’ recorded at Red Bull Studios Cape Town

Having set his sights on becoming a professional musician when he found his voice at age eight, fifteen years later Langa Mavuso is one of South Africa’s most promising up-and-coming Jazz musicians. Less than a year after making his debut, Mavuso is back with more soulful sounds and exciting prospects to bolster his growth in the local music scene.

Following the 2016 release of Mavuso’s debut EP ‘Liminal Sketches’, Red Bull Studios Cape Town has announced that it will be launching Mavuso’s latest EP, ‘Home’, on Wednesday, 24 May 2017.

The studio, which focuses on providing a creative workspace and industry opportunities to both local and international artists and producers, has a global network encompassing major cities across the globe including Amsterdam, Auckland, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, London, Madrid, New York, Paris and Sao Paolo.

Mavuso says, “I had written some music recently and after speaking to one of the guys at Red Bull, mentioning that I wanted to record this music but that my guitarist lives in Cape Town, the opportunity came about to record in the beautiful Cape Town studio with some of the very best equipment on the market.”

“All the tracks on this EP are about a past love who died five years ago. This was me speaking to this person and reenergising myself after this loss, recognising that the sun will always rise again – even after the darkest day,” he explains.

For the EP, Mavuso worked with the likes of ILLA N (who was the main producer on the project), Spoek Mathambo and Bongeziwe Mabandla who is both a folk singer and guitarist.

Inspired by Jazz greats like Miles Davis and contemporary artists like Frank Ocean, Mavuso’s talent and ambition has seen some exciting prospects come his way. This includes working with Black Coffee on his new project and the opportunity to create and release music videos for some of his own songs in the near future.

“Hopefully I’ll also be presented with the opportunity to perform at festivals. I’d love to be able to get out there and sing, while also just letting go with the crowd in the middle of nowhere,” he shares.

Mavuso’s new EP will be available on Red Bull Studios Cape Town’s website from Wednesday the 24th of May.

Katlego Makola AKA Kxng Scotty Releases His Very First EP

Katlego Makola, well known as Kxng Scotty was born and raised in Hospital View, Tembisa. His parents separated while he was still young and that had a serious impact on his life.  Kxng Scotty currently lives with his mum, two sisters and niece.  With him being the only male figure in the house, he took it upon himself to make his rap career something that will one day help him take care of his family.  His mum is the one person that has been there for him since day one and that’s what pushed him to make a success of his music.

His current project is his Extended Play (EP) titled “Journey”.  He decided to go with Journey because he will be telling a story through his music and explaining to people how and why he is where he is today.  The EP will feature 10 songs which all talk about different areas of his life.

Kxng Scotty started rapping back in the 6th Grade with his friends. They used to freestyle and battle one another at street corners or by the park. He started off as a Hip Hop dancer for a well-known dance crew called Freeze Frame.  KxngScotty was very good at dancing but later realised that he was more in love with being behind the microphone and delivering music to the masses.


Mahikeng born and bred highly motivated music producer, Luka (real name Anthony Kasirivu) is fuelled with passion more than ever as he releases his new single, “Closer” featuring brilliant vocalist, Sio on TurnUp Music ZA.

Positive energy through music is Luka’s way of giving back love and light to the universe that we live in. His last album came out from Soul Candi under the Producer Series Volume 2 and his works have been featured on several compilations and releases through international labels as well as established South African labels, Soul Candi and House Afrika being some of them.

Luka is very much excited about the release of “Closer” and believes that the market now is more open than it has ever been. “There are tons of producers creating music all over the country resulting in clutter but however, through that clutter, quality production and lyrics can still cut through and that is where opportunities are,” he says.

Luka worked with a brilliant vocalist called Sio on the track, who also recently collaborated with Jullian Gomes on his latest single. Sio is unique in the sense that all she needs is a beat and she captures the feeling you had in mind when putting the song together, without you saying anything,” Luka says.

“Closer” featuring Sio is available for download on TurnUpMusic in WeChat.

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More exclusives from Luka dropping on TurnUp Music soon.

Rest In Peace Mandla Hlatshwayo

Former Generations actor and Jozi FM DJ Mandla Hlatshwayo has reportedly been shot and killed during a robbery in Soweto.

SABC reported on Monday morning that Hlatshwayo had been killed on Sunday night.

“Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. May God give you the peace that you seek. We offer our thoughts and prayers during this dark time” says Inanda 88.4 FM Station Manager, Thandeka Msani Ngobese

Police spokesperson Captain Hitler Mgwenya said two people were shot at a pub in Pimville, but could not divulge their names before next of kin were informed.

“It happened at 11pm. Four armed suspects entered the pub and robbed people there. The two victims who were shot were trying to assist the other people in the pub who were being robbed,” Mgwenya told News24.

Mpho Mhlongo, JoziFM CEO, also confirmed the tragic news on Facebook: “It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of our beloved brother, friend and colleague, Mandla Hlatshwayo. He was gunned down last night at Meli pub in Pimville. He will be sorely missed. May his humble soul Rest In Peace!”

23rd South African Music Awards honours International Achiever, Pretty Yende

After hitting all the right notes and scaling the heights of opera, SAMA 23 will honour soprano Pretty Yende with the International Achiever Award. The accolade is to recognise her strides on the global scale.

Yende from Piet Retief in Mpumalanga is arguably South Africa’s foremost voice in opera. She graduated from South African College of Music in Cape Town and took part in the prestigious young artist’s programme at La Scala in Italy. What has followed is a remarkable career that saw her grace every stage imaginable throughout Europe and the Americas, and snapping some coveted awards along the way. Yende has also shared the stage with opera icons like Andrea Bocelli and most sough after conductors. Her vocal abilities and repertoire put her in a league of opera greats. She released A Journey, her debut album last year.

She recently had a great marathon run in the US where she had a season at the Metropolitan Opera House in Romeo et Juliette. Yende also made an appearance on the popular The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the daytime Wendy Williams show. Yende has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg and was the covergirl of the influential Opera magazine and featured in Vogue magazine.

Nhlanhla Sibisi, CEO of RiSA welcomed the news: ‘For a long time we have seen the rise of Pretty Yende on international stages. She represent the voice of an ambitious go-getting generation. We salute her achievements and she is a worthy winner this year. Bravo.’

Born in 1985 in the small remote town of Piet Retief, about three hundred miles from Johannesburg, South African soprano Pretty Yende was initially introduced to singing in a manner familiar to many South Africans – in her church choir.

At the age of sixteen, she heard the Flower Duet from Lakmé on a British Airways television advert, and was so enraptured by its beauty that she became determined to find out more about it. On learning that it was opera, she decided at that moment to abandon her plans to become an accountant, and to train to become an opera singer instead.

Soon she gained a scholarship to study at the South African College of Music in Cape Town with Professor Virginia Davids, the first black woman to appear on opera stages during the apartheid years in South Africa. With Davids’s help, Yende’s extraordinary talent blossomed, and she triumphed in both the International Hans Gabor Belvedere (2009) and Operalia Competitions (2011). In both, she gained first prizes in every category and was the first artist in history to do so. Her successes also led to an offer to join the prestigious young artists’ programme at La Scala in Milan (2009–2011), where she made her stage debut in 2010. In the same year she further won first prizes at the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition and Concours International de Belcanto Vincenzo Bellini.

The Washington Post

Pretty Yende has appeared at all of the major opera houses of the world, and has been widely lauded in the press. ‘Possessed of diamanté tone and a megawatt smile… a soprano of real musical intelligence,’ said The Telegraph after her debut recital in London. When, in 2013, she stepped in at a month’s notice to sing in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory opposite Juan Diego Flórez (replacing Nino Machaidze) at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, she gained rapturous acclaim. ‘Her voice has a luminous sheen combined with steely resolve … she delivered some of the most difficult coloratura passages with scintillating precision,’ said The New York Times after this sensational Metropolitan Opera debut. Later that year she also replaced an indisposed Cecilia Bartoli at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien in the same opera. ‘A sensational Vienna debut,’ said

Yende has already appeared at major opera houses in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Hamburg and Paris, and has frequently sung at her ‘home theatre’ of La Scala. Her roles include Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Adina (L’elisir d’amore) and Elvira (I puritani). Forthcoming seasons will also see her appear at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, the Royal Opera House in London, the Opéra National de Paris and the Metropolitan Opera. In 2013 she sang Lucia in Cape Town.

Inanda 88.4 FM’s Sifiso Kcay Graduates With Advanced Diploma In Textile Technology

This week saw host of the Show ‘Campus Radio’ Saturdays 4-6pm on Inanda 88.4 FM, Sifiso Kcay graduate from the Durban University Of Technology getting Advanced Diploma in Textile Technology.

Sifiso Kcay

This aspiring TV personality and entrepreneur sure did inspire the South African Youth and has emphesized that this is just the beginning.

Why did you choose to study Textile Technology?

I’m actually a very technical person, so I thought since I am a media, music & entertainment person I do need something that’s outside of the industry, something way different and challenging.

How are you feeling about your graduation?

It’s always an excitement seeing yourself taking the crown that you’ve been fighting for.

And your family?

My family is always there to support every decision I make that leads to the light, my two sisters were there for the Graduation Ceremony to show their support which I appreciated so much.

Why is this so important to you?

It’s funny because a lot of people know me as a radio/music person, but the Textile field is also of great interest to me, I am more of a multi-talented young man, I spread my wings – so yeah I just don’t want to jail myself in one field.

Why do you think it is important to go to University?

We are all born with special talents or gifts, but no one is born with a skill. So, every talent needs skills development somehow, just to polish what you were born with and advance it to higher altitudes.

What’s next for Sifiso?

Sifiso is a business man, still to continue in the business world, study further, continue making good music as a musician, continue building ‘Sfiso Kcay’ as a brand on Radio, and hopefully TV will soon be my home.

The 23rd South African Music Awards Lifetime Achievers revealed

The SAMA23 Lifetime Achievement honourees represent a potpourri of sounds that influenced generations. They are innovators and creative geniuses who for decades blazed the trail in different genres.

We are proud to announce that Rebecca Malope, the Queen of Gospel, will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award this year. She is a multiple SAMA winner and a music force to be reckoned with in South Africa. Her powerful voice has taken her all over the African continent, the US and Europe filling up venues wherever she performed.

Don Laka is also in line to take home a Lifetime Achievement gong. The pioneer of kwaai-jazz who started off in the trenches of jazz and dabbled with the influences of kwaito is a revered pianist and a record label co-owner. He is also a SAMA winner and a respected figure in the local music industry. Bra Don, as he is known, defined a sound for generations and helped produce stars through his work.

A voice that defined black music of the 1970s and 1980s, Babsy Mlangeni will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Mlangeni never let his condition as a blind musician to condemn him. His entertaining songs with compelling messages propelled his name into the stratosphere of fame.

Remarked RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi: “We as the SAMA organisers value these honours highly. We believe that our veteran who served the industry with unmatched dedication and gave us timeless music should never be forgotten by history, as such we look forward to etching the names of Rebecca Malope, Don Laka and Babsy Mlangeni in our presitigious list of lifetime achievers. We say well done on such colourful careers and let this be a token of our appreciation of your talent as a nation.”

 Dr Rebecca Malope

Few artists occupy the high firmament that Rebecca Malope enjoys in the South African music scene. She has released 36 chart breaking albums, sold millions of copies, won countless music awards, honoured by institutions of higher learning and above all is respected by her peers and revered by legions of her fans.

From the moment she entered and won “Shell Road To Fame”, Malope’s name was in the stars. Her superb collaboration with Sizwe Zako, Vuyo Mokoena and Jabu Nkabinde weaned her off bubblegum music and instead spurned gospel anthems that inspired generations.   Her music has given birth to new believers, entrenched faith in those who started to doubt themselves and brought back hundreds from their suicide attempts. Malope, through her immense talent and voice has comforted many women who couldn’t bear children, struggling to support their families or were in abusive relationships. And many more men and women whose hearts have been broken by the death or loss of their loved ones have found strength in the spiritual booster that is her music.

Rebecca’s music indeed reaches people from all walks of life and from all over the world. Some of her performing successes include: 

•             singing at Nelson Mandela’s Presidential inauguration in 1994;

•             performing with the National Symphony Orchestra in 1994; 

•             playing the Pretoria State Theatre in 1995; 

•             packing out the Natal Playhouse Opera Theatre in November 1997;

•             igniting the stage at a Gospel festival in Washington DC in 1997, 

•             and performing in countries like Israel (where she made history by travelling to Israel where a CCV TV crew shot a 52-minute Easter special for national broadcast on Good Friday, 15 April 1995), the UK, America and many African countries.

Despite all of these tremendous accomplishments and accolades, heartaches and struggles, Rebecca refuses to forget her roots and her biggest mentor, her Lord. And she’s always pushing herself forward – in particular honing her songwriting talent. Since she joined SAMRO Rebecca has notified more than 70 songs! She is the original gospel superstar who performs mostly new compositions and her unique style of singing has been imitated by many young artists and continues to be an inspiration to wannabe singers.

Her TV show on SABC2 unearths new talent on a weekly basis. While her role as a judge in the South African version of the international television show “Clash of the Choirs” showcases her musical expertise and helps unearth the country’s next big choral group. She is the big sister whose wisdom and words of encouragement helps fuel the ambitions of the next crop of gospel stars.  

She is not called the Queen of Gospel for nothing. Her reach and appeal remains strong over the years and she steadfastly keeps up the standards and exploring new terrain with her music.   Malope’s talent is not only enjoyed and recognised in South Africa but across the continent and the world. She has performed in the USA, United Kingdom, Paris, Germany, Nigeria, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Ghana and Angola to name a few.   She has a few firsts to her name. Chief of which is being the first black artist and woman to perform at the State Theatre in Pretoria after the unbanning of apartheid. Most recently she is the first South African artist to have a song (Uthando Lwam’) included in the American Christian Churches hymnbook. She has been an ambassador for Cell C, Sunlight Soap and a brand of Korean pots.  

Not bad for a little girl from a rural township called Lekazi near the Kruger National Park, who went to school on an empty stomach and without shoes, didn’t finish school and lived on the streets. She hiked 400km from home to Evaton in Gauteng and pursued her dream. Hers is a story of resilience, determination and chutzpah. A true reminder of Phillipians 4:13 which says “I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me”  Currently, you can see her in action on your television screens every Sunday on SABC 2’s ‘It’s Gospel Time” and Mzansi Magic’s “Clash Of The Choirs”.    Rebecca Malope, Sis Ribs, Doctor Malope is a legend in her own lifetime. She is a national treasure to be cherished. Thirty years of committed service to the music industry and many SA Music Awards Crown Gospel Music Awards, MetroFM Music Awards, Kora All Africa Music Awards later. Music trends will come and go, and styles will change, but Malope will remain the rock of ages! 

2016 marked Dr Rebecca Malope’s 30th year in the music industry.  She was nominated for Best Female Spiritual Artist at the Kora Awards 2016.  She celebrated her 30th Anniversary in the UK in Birmingham on the 7th of May 2016.  She held a 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert at Carnival City Big Top Arena on the 3rd of December 2016 where she told her life story though a musical.  She is the current Ariel Washing Powder Ambassador.

Don Laka

(21 Sep, 2016 – Johannesburg) 2016 marks a crescendo of 44-years of artistic discovery and reinvention for one of South Africa’s musical icons, Don Laka. Laka, through Sony Music Entertainment Africa, will release his first career spanning ‘Best Of’ compilation album – curated by the artist himself – “The Essential DON LAKA” on 21 October, 2016.

The Essential DON LAKA features twenty-six of Don’s renowned compositions – opening with his tracks lifted from early albums released while originally signed to Sony Music in the mid-1990s, as well as the best repertoire taken from his later independent releases with his own label Bokone Music. 

Known as the father of “Kwaai Jazz” – a genre Don defines as an “eclectic fusion of classical, SA traditional & contemporary” – Don Laka’s discography is impressive. His early albums Destiny, Pyramid & Supernova are acclaimed as classics in the South African jazz canon & reveal Laka’s prowess as a composer, pianist, arranger and producer.

Amidst the medley of voices that are unique to South Africa, Laka’s is amplified by a rebellious streak that has seen him strike a chord with the young and not so young, building the “Kwaai-Jazz” brand into a uniquely South African experience that has enthralled enthusiasts worldwide.

When selecting the tracks that made the final cut onto “The Essential” double album, Laka identified simplicity as one of the defining aspects. He aptly states: “I have taken the ‘scary’ out of jazz and made it accessible to everyone.”

Like Chopin who was influenced by female voices, Mr Laka’s compositions & notably his solos are also influenced by those giant South African Mbaqanga voices: “I feel I have managed to capture the spirit of South African singers like Miriam Makeba, Dorothy Masuka and Thandie Klaasen who’s vocal melodies are distinct,” says Don.

Don Laka – student, teacher, producer, artist, composer, engineer, and executive – continues to be an instrument to the evolution of the South African music industry. His multiplicity of skills is reflected in his works, complementing creativity with technique, achieving mastery of a vision unfolding.

Boasting six, multi-platinum albums under his belt as an artist, “The Essential DON LAKA” is an all-access-pass to the “soul of a man” dedicated to a life of music.

 Babsy Mlangeni

The never –say die artist, father and entrepreneur, was born on the 24th February 1943 in Soweto and attended the Athlone School for the Blind in Cape Town. It was while at Athlone that took up the guitar as the school encouraged students to learn to play different instruments. This led to the decision to form the All Rounders when they left school. Due to the lack of work for blind people, they brought on other blind and sighted musicians including KoloiLebona, John Mothuping, Micky Lebona, ArcchieKgwadi and Simon Falatsi.

The All Rounders concentrated with performing at township schools and taught pupils about Brail reading, how blind people read time, and the implication of the white stick they carry. The exercise was a commercial success as it allowed the blind group members to quit their jobs as switchboard operators. When the group subsequently released “SalaEmma” which was a monster hit, they brought sighted musicians on board such as Moss Tau, Clive Ncapayi and Peter Sexwale.

As a singer, guitarist, composer an entrepreneur Babsy Mlangeni has over a period of four decades industry experience, and has ridden the crest of success despite his blindness, and the turbulent apartheid that restricted creative expression.

His musical journey was not only taxing creatively, emotionally and economically, it also created precedents which laid a solid foundation for latter-day musos. Not only did he mesmerize the industry and invariably the country with his music, he also created a legacy with his first blockbuster “Sala Emma” a soothing Sotho ballad that still leaves sentimentalists swooning.

Even though the song sold in excess of 100 000 units at the last count in 1968, Babsy and his All Rounder’s band never got paid any royalties.  This was at a time when record companies did not have Black producers.  Instead, they had what they called talent scout, many of whom defrauded artists including mbaqanga king Simon “Mahlathini” Nkabinde and many others. This did not impinge on his super star status. He became one of the first black artists to be mobbed wherever he went. The irony is that where modern day artists need supporting acts to fill indoor venues and stadiums, Babsy Mlangeni and the All Rounder’s used to fill them without any supporting acts.

Like many others musicians, Babsy Mlangeni and the All Rounder’s had a naively signed a five-year contract with RPM. Little did they know that they in fact signed their rights away? Not prepared to make another recording for RPM, Babsy Mlangeni and his group wallowed in limbo. To keep the home fires burning, they collaborated with the late David Thekwane’s the Movers, highly successful pop group. After touring and performing with the Movers, they recorded a single, “Have faith in me” in English even though this was against the law to do so. One of their other songs was entitled, “Get Ready”, an instrumental which was shunned by the SABC for its subliminal political message. In those days, artists were not allowed to mix Sotho & Zulu in one song

When the group found a new recording company in Clive Calder Productions (CCP), they signed as Babsy Mlangeni since the group All Rounder’s belonged to RPM. The positive side of the coin is that this contributed to the massive building and promotion of the Babsy Mlangeni brand.

What followed was a roller-coaster of hits that catapulted the Babsy Mlangeni brand to unprecedented heights. They had hit after hit dominating the industry with songs such as “Thekene”, “Mina Ngiyaphila”, “Thola makoti”, “Motho keo”, “Toro yaka “, Honale botho ba nkutlwisang bohloko”, Ayithethi lento”, “ Bua nnte”, “Tshwara jwalo kgaitsedi”, “Musuku khuthuza”, “ Uthandaze”, “Mapule” and many others.

Their stay with CCP records from 1974 to 1979 was not only satisfying creatively; it also brought them commercial success. When Clive Calder sold CCP records to EMI Records, he first secured Babsy Mlangeni and Koloi Lebona, another blind genius, a press and Distribution Deal. This allowed them to start the Black Artists Management (BAM), the first Black owned recording company.

With office in central Johannesburg, BAM created another wave with the release of music of the Black Five, an Afro-pop group from Sebokeng in Vereeniging and highly successful “Tau ya matshega” from Lesotho who were second only to Babsy Mlangeni in terms of sales. While the company had another artist such as Jappie Lebona, Monty Leo, a Zion Christian Church and other balladeer, the late Sammy Brown, their greatest milestone was the first release of Jonathan Butler’s hugely successful “7th Avenue” album. The Cape Town born Butler, a guitarist and singer, went on to become a recording giant in the competitive US music scene

With apartheid vigorously promoting ethnicity, many of Babsy’s albums had to be released in both Sotho and Nguni languages. However distasteful this was, it strengthened Babsy’s appeal across the length and the breadth of South Africa. The group also performed in SADC countries like Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia. This was at a time when Black musicians were paid R5 as session fee while Whites musicians were given R70.00.

Although the SADC’s television and radio channels were pivotal for promoting artists, Babsy had the guts to refuse when asked to be part of the strategy by government to promote ethnicity. What with government decreeing that Black musicians could not entertain whites nor share the stage with White musicians or bands.

The Babsy Mlangeni music machine grew in its appeal with the musician garnering more than 25 Gold Discs and several music awards, some by the public broadcaster. Although Babsy and the All Rounder’s could pack shows on their own, they did share the stage with many artists other than the Movers. These include Mparanyana, Jonathan Butler, Richards Jon Smith, Soul Brothers, Kori Moraba, Harare, the Black Five the list is endless

Babsy Mlangeni in 2012 among the awards he has received he was honoured with a Chancellors Awards from the University on North West’s Mafikeng campus South Africa. The Chancellors Medal is awarded to people who have shown exceptional achievement of non-academic nature or who have made exceptional contributions on other spheres of life such as music. He was also been honoured for his association with the value of human rights, equality, social awareness as well as his social justice and education through music. 

Wanting to secure his future, Babsy decided in 1980 to go into business. He built a supermarket and a night club called Club 2000 in Tladi, Soweto. Once more he created another first by being the first black businessman to be given a liquor licence by the apartheid government. This was at the time when apartheid rulers had lived. This involved hostel dwellers who are normally Zulu speaking and the township residents. Unfortunately, Babsy’s businesses were situated next to the Mapetla hostel which had a negative impact on his business.

Even though his business collapsed as a result of the political violence, there is no doubt that his music and success as a blind singer inspired many people, especially those who are disable and other blind musician such as Steve Kekana and Lazarus Khagudi.

As political climate was changing for the better in 1990, Babsy embraced the Lord Jesus Christ joining the hugely popular International Pentecostal Holiness Church where he worked with the church youth choir and recorded them with different record companies. It was not surprising when he released two gospel albums with BMG Records. The albums sold well within the hugely supported IPHC which has support from Christians from Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Botswana.

His musical expertise was also sought by the African National Congress (ANC) which resulted in him working at the movement’s Shell House headquarters in Johannesburg.

He collaborated with the late Peter Mokaba, former ANC youth League, writing songs about voter education intending to empower the masses for the historic 1994 April 27 elections. Towards the end of 1994 Babsy Mlangeni met with Lungi Daweti who worked at the multi-media production house known as Centre for Democratic Trust. The production house which was based A Cosatu house, Braamfontein, Johannesburg and belonged to the ANC-COSATU-SACP tripartite alliance. The project was initiated by President Nelson Mandela.

In 1995 Babsy Mlangeni and his long time music companion produced a three voter education music CDs that were presented, and given blessing by the ANC election organising committee representatives, among were Charles Nqakula, Michael Sachs, Sam Shilowa, Smuts Ngonyama, and several other high profile leaders of the tripartite alliance.

With his heart rooted in music, he joined Peter Snyman’s No Nonsense Record Company. He produced the debut gospel offering by Godfrey Mathebula, also blind, before releasing his own album titled, “Uthembini” which also was also recorded in Sotho, “o Tshepileng”

In 2001 Clive Calder, his old mentor, was eager to know whether Babsy‘s career was still blossoming. Blind producer Koloi Lebona, a long standing friend of his was Calder’s South Africa representative for Zomba Records. Wanting to bolster Babsy’s career, Calder sponsored him to release an album. The Album was release and distributed by Jive Label, an international label owned by Calder and had international stars such as R.Kelly. Unfortunately for Babsy Calder sod his Zomba Records to BMG and his new release simply vanished.

Babsy Mlangeni, Koloi Lebona and John Mothuping decided to form an organisation which is sole aim was to harness and record talent within the disabled community the organisation was called South African Blind Musician Association (SADMA)

Wanting to hold onto the celebration day concert for disable people, Babsy decided to form a Jozi Entertainment with view of promoting musicians with disabilities which resulted in his company promoting the concert for disabled artist. The Directors of the company are Lawrence Mlangeni and M Khumalo. Jozi Entertainment released Babsy Mlangeni’s latest album titled “A wukho umsebenzi”

Babsy Mlangeni among the artists he has shared stage with all African Artist including the likes of international Keith Sweat King Kong and the tutu band, Oliver Mtukudzi.  Babsy has new album called BA KAE which is available in stores.

President Zuma to undertake a State Visit to the United Republic of Tanzania

President Jacob Zuma will undertake a State Visit to the United Republic of Tanzania from 11-12 May 2017.

President Zuma will also co-chair the launch of the South Africa-Tanzania Bi-National Commission (BNC) with President of the United Republic of Tanzania, His Excellency John Pemba Magufuli.

The Agreement establishing the BNC was signed in July 2011 and will be operationalised and officially launched on 11 May 2017. The BNC is the highest mechanism regulating bilateral relations between two the countries.

During the visit, the two Heads of State will hold talks on a wide range of bilateral issues. This will include a review of the status of the bilateral relations; adoption of strategic interventions to further strengthen the relationship to focus on mutually identified priority issues; and discuss regional and continental peace and security issues.

South Africa and Tanzania enjoy excellent bilateral relations which date back to the days of the liberation struggle and were formalised by the two Governments in 1994.

South Africa and Tanzania’s economic relations continue to grow apace and cooperation encompasses trade and investment, science and technology, agriculture, environment, energy, infrastructure development, retail, amongst others.

Trade figures between the two countries in 2016 indicated that South African exports to Tanzania were valued at R6, 5 billion, whereas imports from Tanzania amounted to R3.5 billion. There are currently over 150 South African companies operating in Tanzania in areas such as the financial services sector, hospitality and leisure as well as ICT and electronics.

During the visit President Zuma and his host, President Pemba Magufuli will also address the South Africa-Tanzania Business Forum which will be held on the sidelines of the State Visit to strengthen economic relations between the two countries.

President Zuma will be accompanied by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Naledi Pandor; Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies; Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa; and Minister of Transport, Mr Joe Maswanganyi as well as a business delegation.

Registration For Regional Business Fair 2017 Is Now Open

Businesses who wish to showcase their goods and services at the Regional Business Fair are urged to register now.

The Regional Business Fair, which will take place from 23 to 25 June 2017 at the KwaMnyandu Shopping Centre in Umlazi, provides a platform for both small and big businesses to market their products to prospective consumers.

EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede encouraged businesses to register, as showcasing businesses on this platform will accelerate growth and provide economic opportunities for the small business sector in townships and rural areas.

“These business fairs are one of the Municipality’s programmes that have made tremendous progress in developing the small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) sector in the City.  It is through such interventions that the Municipality is able to respond to business and economic development challenges in marginalised areas,” said Mayor Gumede.

This year’s Regional Business Fair has features that will empower small businesses and provide owners with innovative ways to improve their business. The platform will also equip business owners with skills, through business activities, to explore opportunities that will further advance their businesses.

Mayor Gumede said the Municipality recently launched the Radical Economic Transformation Framework, which details the City’s commitment to growing the small business sector as SMMEs play a pivotal role in growing the economy.

“Our commitment is to ensure that the sector progressively increases its contribution towards growth and performance of the City’s economy, particularly in critical areas such as job creation, poverty alleviation, equity and access to markets,” she added.

At the Regional Business Fair, participants will have the opportunity to attend seminars to improve their business knowledge. The Fair is also an ideal environment for business owners to network and gain insight on ways to sustain their businesses during times of economic instability.

Business owners who wish to showcase their businesses and are interested in participating are encouraged to register now. Registration forms are available at the Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit situated at 75 Dr Langalibalele Dube (Winder) Street, the Municipality website: as well as the Durban Business Fair website:

Registration forms can also be emailed on request. The closing date for registration is 09 June 2017. Registration is on first come first serve and space is limited!

For more information regarding registration, contact Nonhlanhla Khumalo on 031 311 4500 or email:


Like it is popularly said, if it’s nice, do it twice, Laylizzy’s recently released single, “Forever” makes a return through a remix by multi award winning, prolific producer, Ellputo, who fused some amazing electronic, dance and tropical sounds together to make this club banger, “FOREVER (Dance Remix).”

The original single (also co-produced by him) was released on the 14th of February in light of the celebration of Valentine’s Day when Laylizzy brought a plot twist into the commonly known purpose of the day, that we do not only embrace love but also bring to people’s attention the heartbreaks and challenges that come with being in a relationship and being in love.

This fine-tuned remix by the Geobek Records signed musician, Ellputo, who has several international hits and awards to his name for his stellar production skills, is an electronic dance song which will undoubtedly keep many on their feet. It’s the best thing that could happen to a great song. This time around, let’s do away with the emotions a bit, dance to the tune and party as hard as you can all night long.


Download the club banger, Ellputo- Forever (Dance Remix)

Inanda 88.4 FM Reunites With Thabo Mzimela & Simon Thipa

Inanda 88.4 FM is thrilled to announce the return of two personalities Simon Thipa who left in 2010 to join Gagasi FM & Thabo Mzimela who left the station to join Vuma FM in 2012.

The station has been making many changes and showing growth in all levels, from their buzzing social media pages to their forever packed activations and outside broadcasts. Returning of these two radio veterans is no surprise to KZN judging from Inanda 88.4 FM’s work ethic, quality and professionalism

“I am happy to be back at Inanda 88.4 FM. As we all know that Today’s Best Radio groomed me to be the person I am today. I am well respected in the province when it comes to News because of this radio station. It is amazing that even the time I was away I would to listen to Inanda 88.4 FM just because of its quality. I am proud to be back home and as you know the saying ‘ibuyile indodana yolahleko’. On my new show ‘The Morning ShakeUp’ I am not sorry to say that KZN will for the first time enjoy to be respected from the beginning to the end of the show, I am saying this because we want to talk to them directly. They will relate easily with our features and listen to them. All in all, I am here to learn. Being in the industry for quiet sometime does not mean I know everything, I will learn from my colleagues, management and also our listeners” says Mzimela, the new host ofThe Morning ShakeUp Saturdays and Sundays.

When asked how he feels about being part of the Inanda 88.4 FM family again, this is what Simon had to say:

“Firstly, it was a very fulfilling decision to rejoin Inanda 88.4 Fm. The main reason is simply that since inception, the station has grown to become a formidable entity on the country’s airwaves landscape. I resolve to enhance the program by adding pace, in formativeness and keep it open and interactive for the listeners to enjoy”

Simon will be doing the Current Affairs Show, Izwe Nezalo every Friday 6-7pm.


Loeries Celebrates A Decade Of Fostering Creative Futures

For the past ten years, the Loeries have been giving hope to aspiring creative students from across the country through the Loeries Creative Future Scholarship.  

Four dynamic KwaZulu-Natal students were awarded the unique scholarship in August 2016. They were recently recognized and handed their scholarships in front of learners from their former respective high schools.  Samukelisiwe Faku from Inanda Newtown Comprehensive, Londeka Gumede and Roxanne Schoon both of Durban Girls High, and Mali Khuzwayo from Mowat Park High, have been given the opportunity to realise their creative dreams and pursue their studies at Vega School Durban this year.  

Unlike many scholarships in the country, the Loeries Creative Future Scholarship currently in partnership with Vega School Durban, covers everything including tuition fees, study materials, transport, accommodation and living expenses. The scholarship also offers mentorship, internships and employment into the brand communications industry once studies are complete.

“Nothing is more important than developing young creative minds and we are proud to be contributing to the growth of the industry by helping these youngsters achieve a tertiary education. The free mind is the lifeblood of creativity and in the last ten years the Loeries Creative Future Scholarship has endeavoured to minimize the limitations that come with giving talented individuals an opportunity to flourish. We’re only getting started,” says Loeries CEO, Andrew Human.

MD of Vega School, Shevon Lurie adds, “Vega School celebrates creativity in design, brand communication and business. Having the Loeries Creative Future Scholarship partnership is a natural synergy to grow and support talent entering the brand communication industry. The Creative Future Scholarship is a dual partnership between Vega School and the Loeries with the aim to financially and academically support young creative in need demonstrating great potential in becoming the next generation of creative directors. The Loeries and Vega School have a long-standing relationship with the scholarship affirming our shared values.”

Loeries Creative Future Scholarship applications for 2018 are now open. Grade 12 students, exclusively to KwaZulu-Natal, are encouraged to apply to stand a chance to join the list of young South Africans who have become the alumni of this initiative and have gone on to establish burgeoning careers in the brand communications industry.

Please note: Only Grade 12 learners in KwaZulu-Natal, who come from a disadvantaged background will be eligible for this year’s scholarship. The deadline for applications is Thursday, 15 June 2017.

Inanda 88.4 FM Celebrates South African Diversity

South Africa is known for its ethnic diversity and with 11 official languages, the country’s melting pot of cultures often astonishes visitors.

As part of their birthday celebrations, KZN’s biggest community radio station, Inanda 88.4 FM, recently had a photoshoot themed ‘South African Beauty’ where different groups were given tasks to go and do research about a certain tribe and find outfits that represent it.

South Africa is a colourful, majestic, and pure country and Inanda 88.4 FM is truly a pioneer in facilitating a paradigm shift. And a platform for unity and tolerance. The ambience was illuminated in the colourful cross cultural images.

“We are showcasing diversity of the community that we serve. Inanda is a very diverse, and an interesting place, there is no ethnic group you can’t find in Inanda. Even some of the areas within the Inanda Route are called Namibia, Congo etc. As Inanda is one of SA’s heritage sites we want to send a message that everyone is welcome and of course, they should take a short left to Inanda 88.4 FM” says the station manager, Thandeka Msani Ngobese.

The photoshoot emphasized that traditional clothes are one of the most creative forms of expression and one where South Africans love to show their diverse culture.

This photoshoot production was done by Aluta Humbane Productions & sponsored by Black Chic and Shampoo creations.

Freshlyground stand up for HIFA

In 2014 Freshlyground were denied entry into Zimbabwe. They were due to perform at the Harare International Festival of the arts closing concert and were unable to do so. Three years later they have still not returned to Zimbabwe, but continue to show their support for the country and for the festival that they could not perform at.

HIFA is a 17-year-old Arts festival that showcases the best of local, regional and international arts and culture.  The difficult socio-economic challenges faced by Zimbabwe today has had a severe impact on the ability of funders, who traditionally support the festival, to continue to do so.   When friends of HIFA heard about the situation they launched a crowdfunding campaign on Thundafund to raise funds to save HIFA.

When Zolani and her band members were approached to assist with the campaign they gladly accepted offering a secret summer concert as a reward for a contribution as well as an early download of their new album.

“I love HIFA! It’s certainly one of the best on the continent and one of my favorite festivals to perform at in all the world. I so hope that one day soon we will be able to go back and be a part of the incredibly resilient, ever creative spirit of the Zimbabwean people which is felt so tangibly at HIFA.”

Zolani Mahola

“HIFA is an amazing festival. And we’ve had some amazing performances there amongst what is always a world class lineup. The festival is a platform for hope and engagement, and has been a space for solace & fortification after many years of political frustration for the people of Zimbabwe. Freshlyground are banned from performing in Zimbabwe, but urge you to join us to help keep this festival going in whatever way you can.”

Simon Attwell

The campaign has a week left to raise funds! To support it and check out some of the funky rewards on offer visit

The race is on for The 23rd South African Music Awards Record of the Year

While it’s a smorgasbord of genres, music styles, newcomers and veterans vying for the top honour of Record of the Year, it would seem that dance music is all the rage. The top 20 shortlist for the SAMA23 Record of the Year were revealed on SABC1’s LiveAmp tonight and have been put up for public vote.

DJ Black Coffee leads with two of his tracks Come With Me featuring Mque and Your Eyes featuring Shekinah earning him two berths.

Dance music dominates and will see trusted names DJ Clock (Wolves featuring Prom Knights), DJ Ganyani (Talk to Me), DJ Speedsta (Mayo featuring Yung Swizz, Tellaman and Sha), Euphonik and Mi Casa (Don’t Wanna Be), Locnville (Cold Shoulder), Bucie (Rejoice featuring Black Motion), Miss Pru DJ (Ameni), Mobi Dixon (Trigger featuring Inga Hina), Sketchy Bongo & Shekinah (Let You Know) and Timo Odv (I Need You).

Newcomers Afro-soul songbird Amanda Black with her single Amazulu; Gqom queen Babes Wodumo’s Wololo featuring Mampintsha; and rapper Nasty C with Hell Naw made the cut

Rap is represented by AKA’s One Time and Kwesta’s Ngud.

With this revelation, Nasty C’s tally of nominations goes up to seven making him the most nominated artist of SAMA 23 followed by Kwesta with six and Amanda Black’s five.  

An elated Nhlanhla Sibisi, CEO of RiSA commented: ‘The shortlist of the top 20 Record of the Year finalists is a true reflection of a lively and vibrant music industry. These are the songs that we danced to in the past year and all have earned their place here. We encourage music lovers to now do the right thing and vote with their fingers for their favourites to make it into the last 10 finalist stage.’

To vote for your favourite song dial *120*33123#, and follow the prompt menu and enter the number of the artist you would like to vote for. USSD charges R1.50 per minute, free minutes do not apply.  A maximum of 50 votes per cell phone number, per song on the list will be allowed.  Voting lines are now open and will close on 18 May 2017 at 21:00 for the cut down to top 10. Lines will  be re-opened on the 19th May 2017 at 20:00 for the top 10 to be voted on.  The lines will remain opened until the 27th May 2017 at 21:00.

See complete list of Top 20 Record of the Year shortlist

SAMA 23 Top 20 Record of the Year List



Aka One Time
Amanda Black Amazulu
Babes Wodumo Wololo (Feat. Mampintsha)
Black Coffee Feat. Mque Come With Me
Black Coffee, Shekhinah Your Eyes
Bucie Feat. Black Motion Rejoice
Dj Clock Feat. Prom Knights Wolves
Dj Ganyani Talk To Me
Dj Speedsta Feat. Yung Swiss, Tellaman, Sha Mayo
Euphonik & Mi Casa Don’T Wanna Be (Your Friend)
Goodluck Thinking About You
Kwesta Ngud
Locnville Cold Shoulder
Matthew Mole Run
Miss Pru Dj Ameni
Mobi Dixon Feat. Inga Hina Trigger
Musa Mthande
Nasty C Hell Naw
Sketchy Bongo & Shekhinah Let You Know
Timo Odv I Need You

Meet The Man Who Wrote Justin Bieber’s “purpose” Album – Ahead Of The Singer’s Highly Anticipated Sa Tour This May

Grammy-winning songwriter Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd is the man responsible for Justin Bieber’s first No.1 album, Purpose. With the singer just weeks away from his Purpose World Tour performances in South Africa in May, the timing of the upcoming Red Bull TV documentary “Poo Bear: Afraid of Forever”, which will air on the platform on 29 April 2017, couldn’t be better.

The documentary explores Poo Bear’s collaboration with Bieber as they created the Purpose album, with insights and behind-the-scenes footage that will fascinate Bieber fans across the country.

The documentary also features industry heavyweights Robin Thicke and Cypress Hill to name but a few. This is a never-before-seen look at the people who write the hit songs the world’s biggest artists perform. And the ever-present fear of irrelevance they endure on a daily basis, given a songwriter’s life span is often shorter than a song’s run in the charts.

Watch “Poo Bear: Afraid of Forever” on Red Bull TV on 29 April 2017.

View the trailer here:

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Inanda 88.4 FM Flourishes At The Liberty Radio Awards

The flame of excellence in the radio industry burned especially bright on Saturday at the Sandton Convention Centre when the winners of the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards were announced and Inanda FM scoring the ‘News & Actuality Award’ and Sthabiso Nyaba collecting his ‘Bright Star’ honarary. The Awards programme celebrates and acknowledges excellence in radio and brings the entire industry together for a night of celebration.

“Winning this award is an affirmation that Inanda 88.4 FM is delivering on it mandate and license conditions agreed upon with ICASA. Relevant local content is key, INK community is relying on inanda fm as the only source for communicating developmental issues, breaking news and trending news that affect them. This is proving to be a good year as we have been winning awards and it sure is a good feeling…the team is very encouraging and looking forward into conquering 2017” – says The Inanda FM’s Station Manager, Thandeka Msani Ngobese

“I was particularly pleased with the number of entries that we received,” says Lance Rothschild, CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards. “Thanks to Liberty’s foresight in sponsoring the awards, radio stations and personalities have a platform to benchmark their performance and to strive to meet higher standards of excellence in their craft. The quality and depth of entries was remarkable and the adjudicators had a difficult time sorting out the best of the best, all of which bodes well for the future of radio.”

New Artists Shine Brightest | 23rd South African Music Awards

It’s the year of the newcomer. The list of SAMA23 nominees is dominated by new artists who released their debut or second projects in the past year. They are making great strides in the music industry, proving that youthful exuberance sometimes trumps experience.

The nominees were unveiled at Destiny Exclusive Hotels in Kempton Park, to much fanfare and celebrations. Nhlanhla Sibisi, RiSA CEO toasted the achievers. ‘This is the year newcomers take most of the limelight undoubtedly. It is truly encouraging to see so many young and new artists dominate the list. It can only bode well for the industry. The future is bright and we couldn’t be happier for them.’

Rap wunderkind Nasty C leads the SAMA23 pack with an impressive six nominations. His Bad Hair Extensions album earned him nods for Best Newcomer of the Year, Best Male Artist of the Year, Best Album of the Year and Best Rap Album. To top his SAMA23 honours, his videos Don’t Do It and Good Girls are in the running for Best Music Video of the Year.

Hot on the heels of 20-year-old Nasty C is rapper Kwesta with five nods, while new singing sensation Amanda Black bagged four.

Durban’s queen of gqom Babes Wodumo finds herself in the exlusive league of multiple nominations sitting pretty with three nods. Keeping her company are the likes of Idols SA 2013 winner Musa, DJ Ms Pru; young Afro-soul duo Soul Kulture; veteran vocalist Thandiswa Mazwai; dance pair Black Motion; gospel giant Dr Tumi; and the soulful trio The Soil.

For the much sought after Best Newcomer of the Year category Nasty C (Bad Hair Extensions) will slug it out with Afro-Soul duo Soul Kulture (Ngeliny’ilanga); Durban’s gqom pioneer Babes Wodumo (Gqom Queen Vol.1); house and pop musician Sketchy Bongo and Idols SA alumni Amanda Black (Amazulu).

The Best Duo/Group of the Year is a battle between The Soil (The Soil); Jaziel Brothers (Jaziel Brothers); Soul Kulture (Ngeliny’ilanga); The Parlotones (Trinkets Relics and Heirlooms); and Black Motion (Ya Badimo).

In the Best Female Artist of the Year, vocal heavyweight Kelly Khumalo (My Truth) takes on Thandiswa (Belede); Lebo Sekgobela (Restored); Babes Wodumo (Gqom Vol.1); and Amanda Black (Amazulu).

The Best Male Artist is an epic duel between Dr Tumi (Heart of A King); Kwesta (Dakar II); Musa (Mr Serious); NastyC (Bad Hair Extensions); and Nathi (Umbulelo Wam).

The coveted Best Album of the Year is a mesh-up of genres that will see established names square off against newcomers as Kwesta (Dakar II) competes with Black Motion (Ya Badimo); Amanda Black (Amazulu); Nasty C (Bad Hair Extensions); and Thandiswa (Belede).

In the genre specific categories, it will be battle royale in the Best Rap Album as Nasty C (Bad Hair Extensions) goes up against A Reece (Paradise); Khuli Chana (One Source); Kwesta (Dakar); and Stogie T (Stogie T).

The Best Dance Album is a tight competition between DJ Clock (The 5th Tick); Black Motion (Ya Badimo); Durban’s Finest (Durban Finest – Reloaded); Mobi Dixon (Live The Music); and NaakMusiQ (Born to Entertain)

The Best Traditional Faith Music Album will see the late powerhouse Sfiso Ncwane (Wethembekile Baba) take on Deborah Fraser (Uhambo); Spirit of Praise (Spirit of Praise Vol.6); Teboho (Nkutlwele Bohloko); and Zaza (Blowing The Horn of Chronicle)

In the Best Contemporary Faith Music Album Dr Tumi is nominated twice for his releases Heart of A King and Love and Grace. He faces stiff competition from Khaya Mthethwa (The Dawn); Lebo Sekgobela (Restored); and We Will Worship (Mmuso).

To seal her comeback, Thandiswa Mazwai’s album Belede booked her a place in the Best Jazz Album category where she competes with Darren English (Imagine Nation); Dave Reynolds & Pops Mohamed (Live in Grahamstown); Nduduzo Makhathini with Umgidi Trio and One Voice Vocal Ensemble (Inner Dimensions); and Sydney Mavundla (Luhambo).

The Best Afro Pop Album is a clash of the titans as Jaziel Brothers (Out of the Box) go head to head with The Soil (Echoes of Kofifi), Robbie Malinga (The Duets), Vusi Nova (Naninina) and Musa (Mr Serious).

The Best African Artist gong will be fought over by Jay Prayzah, Oliver Mtukudzi, Patoranking, Vee Mampeezy and Vuyo Katsha.

The glittering SAMA23 ceremony will be held in Sun City resort in the North West province on May 27. North West provincial government director of marketing and communication Shuping Sebolecwe commented: ‘The return of the SAMA23 in the province is very significant and could not have come at a better time when we are Rebranding, Renewing and Repositioning Bokone Bophirima. We are equally excited because this is not only going to be an entertainment event but an event that also concretises the five concretes of the fifth administration and contributes to the socio economic conditions of our people

‘They are a cultural expression of the national resolve to create social cohesion amongst the citizenry. An event of this magnitude puts our province and government on the map and is an event that shows that through Arts and Culture people can change their lives. The Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs wishes every nominated artist the best of luck. It always seems impossible until it is done.’


Best Newcomer of the Year

Soul Kulture – Ngeliny’ilanga
Babes Wodumo  – Gqom Queen Vol. 1
Sketchy Bongo- Unmasked
Nasty C – Bad Hair Extentions
Amanda Black – Amazulu

Best Duo/Group of the Year

The Soil – The Soil
Jaziel Brothers – Jaziel Brothers
Soul Kulture – Ngeliny’ilanga
The Parlotones – Trinkets  Relics & Heirlooms
Black Motion – Ya Badimo

Best Female Artist of the Year

Lebo Sekgobela – Restored
Babes Wodumo  – Gqom Queen Vol. 1
Kelly Khumalo – My Truth
Amanda Black – Amazulu
Thandiswa – Belede

Best Male Artist of the Year

Dr Tumi – Heart of a king
Kwesta – Dakar II
Musa  – Musa
Nasty C – Bad Hair Extentions

Best Album of the Year

Kwesta – Dakar II
Black Motion – Ya Badimo
Amanda Black – Amazulu
Nasty C – Bad Hair Extentions
Thandiswa – Belede

Best Rock Album

The Sweet Resistance – Where There Is Hope
Lost & Found – Lost & Found
Richard Stirton – Middle Ground
The Parlotones – Trinkets, Relics & Heirlooms
Albert Frost – The Wake Up

Best Pop Album

Matthew Mole – Run
GoodLuck – The Nature Within
Sketchy Bongo – Unmasked
TiMO ODV – Origins (Digital Edition)

Beste Pop Album

4Werke – 4 Warm
ADAM – Hoogtevrees
Dewald Wasserfall – Jy Is Die Storm
Kurt Darren – Sal Jy Met My Dans
Snotkop – HKGK

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Elvis Blue – Optics
Hugh Masekela – No Borders
Majozi – Fire
Msaki – Zaneliza: How The Water Moves

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album

Adam Tas – Patatas en Pyptabak
Coenie de Villiers – Emoji
Joshua na die Reën – Die Wêreld Binne My
Refentse – My hart bly in ‘n taal
Ricus Nel – Ouskool Boerseun

Best African Adult Album

Dumza Maswana – Molo
Kelly Khumalo – My Truth
Nozipho – Thando
Soul Kulture – Ngeliny’ilanga

Best Alternative Music Album

Arno Carstens – Die Aandblom 13
Chris Chameleon – Firmament
Native Young – Kings
Somerfaan – Alien Boogie Stuff
Tailor – Trust Part 1

Best R&B Soul Reggae Album

Afrotraction – Love and respect
Amanda Black – Amazulu
Brenda Mtambo – So Much More
Karabo – Matters of the heart
Tima Reece – 9

Best Rap Album

A Reece – Paradise
Khuli Chana – One Source
Kwesta – Dakar II
Nasty C – Bad Hair Extentions
Stogie T – Stogie T

Best Kwaito Album

Babes Wodumo – Gqom Queen Vol. 1
Bullistic – N.W.O (New World Order)
Dr Malinga – Goodwill
Taylor K – Paper Chase
Trademark & Zinhle Ngidi – Trademark & Zinhle Ngidi

Best Dance Album

DJ Clock – The 5th tick
Black Motion – Ya Badimo
Durbans’ Finest – Durbans’ Finest – Reloaded
Mobi Dixon – Live The Music
NaakMusiQ – Born to Entertain

Best Traditional Faith Music Album

Deborah Fraser – Uhambo
Sfiso Ncwane – Wethembekile Baba
Spirit Of Praise – Spirit Of Praise Vol.6
Zaza – Blowing the horn of chronicle

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

Dr Tumi – Heart of a king
Dr Tumi – Love and grace
Khaya Mthethwa – The Dawn
Lebo Sekgobela – Restored
We Will Worship – Mmuso

Best Traditional Music Album

Candy – Easy Come Easy Go
Dr Thomas Chauke Na Shinyori Sisters – Shimatsatsa No 34: Xiganga
Mmaausi – Monna Oa Sokelwa
Qadasi & Maqhinga – Lashis’ Ilanga
Shabalala Rhythm – Yebo Ngiyavuma

Best Maskandi Album

Imfez’emnyama – Monalisa

A Youth ready to engage the World Economic Forum on Africa

In an era where youth participation is limited, Global Shapers Durban Hub is proud to announce that Durban’s youth will be well represented at this year’s World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 (WEFA17) taking place at the ICC, 3-5 May. In a stringent assessment, three Durban Hub local shapers, Amanda Mathe (28), Justice Matarutse(28) and Simthe Sibhayi (25) have been selected to attend the Forum, to engage about an inclusive economy that rests in the hands of the youth.

The Global Shapers Community is an initiative by the World Economic Forum, the Durban Hub was established in 2013 and forms part of an international network of 452 hubs all over the world. Hubs are developed and led by young people, primarily between the ages of 20 and 30 who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a difference in their communities.

The curator of the Durban Hub, Mandisa Ntombela said, “We are absolutely proud of the chosen shapers. Our vision is to change, build and inspire active citizenship therefore we have the utmost confidence in their ability to fully represent the concerns of the young people of Durban.”

The World Economic Forum may seem elusive for some to attend, but the Durban Global Shapers invite the Durban community to attend the Open Forum discussion event taking place at the Durban City Hall, Wednesday 3 May at 9am. This free-to-attend event will tackle two themes, Leadership, “Rising Up When Leadership Fails” and Entrepreneurship, “Unemployed and Unemployable.”

Justice Matarutse, Policy and Advocacy Manager at the Durban Chamber of Commerce, said “It’s a great honour to be part of the most important global gathering, to discuss the African economy. After this, we hope to come out with a clearer perspective of how we can be active in building a thriving city.”

 The Durban Global Shapers will engage WEFA17 delegates over the three day programme through a series of activities, these activities include:

–          Welcoming the other Global Shapers at the King Shaka Airport

–          Host a closed cruise trip around the Durban Harbour

–          Made In Africa – Fashion Exhibition & Pop-Up Market, 3-5 May at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Shapers have secured 5 stands, for the display of proudly South African arts, fashion & culture.

–          Accompany global shapers on the scheduled city tours

–          Lobby Global Shapers to attend business breakfast hosted by BrandSA.

–          Host the WEFA Global Shapers social gathering at the Chairman Lounge in Point Waterfront

The overall theme for the WEFA meeting is, ‘achieving inclusive growth’, the global shapers will put a spotlight on how the city can strengthen economic resilience and achieve inclusive growth for all.

For more information about the Durban Global Shapers, please contact Mandisa Ntombela, 082 614 8451, or visit You can also Like their Facebook Page – Durban Global Shapers Twitter: @DBNGlobalshapers Instagram: durbalglobalshapers

Image caption, L-R: Justice Matarutse – Policy and Advocacy Manager at the Durban Chamber of Commerce, Amanda Mathe – Managing Director Ndlovukazi Online Media & Simthe Sibhayi – UKZN Masters Candidate, Community & Development Studies

Inanda 88.4 FM’s Indlovukazi Mapule Successfully Graduates at The Durban Christian Centre Bible Institute

Inanda 88.4 FM’s uMama weSizwe, popularly known as ‘Indlovukazi Mapule’ to her followers has Successfully Completed 4 Hours of In-House Ministry Training at the Durban Christian Centre Bible Institute.

Former Educator of Sthembile Primary, eQinisweni combined & Manager of The Mbongeni Ngema Academy Indlovukazi Mapule, who has been hosting the program ‘Asilungiseni’ on Inanda 88.4 FM Sundays 6-am says talking to people and teaching them about spirituality is something that has always been a part of her life and it was about time she enrolled at a Bible Institution to continue spreading the word of God and uplifting the nation.

“I have always known that I am unique and destined to do what Jesus did on Earth – to be able to do this I have to feed myself with knowledge. I haven’t stopped, there’s still a long way to go – Umuntu ufunda aze afe ezintweni zika Mdali

Indlovukazi Mapule is a Public Speaker, Founder of Esigodlweni seZiNdlovukazi (a women’s network organization) Co-founder of Stone Communications & Inanda 88.4 FM’s Marketing and Sales Manager.

Easter Season in KZN

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is getting ready to welcome over 500 000 domestic holidaymakers for the Easter season.

The Easter season which,  will span over a two- week period, is expected to also attract international travellers in the region of 65 000 from United Kingdom, Germany, United States of America, France, Netherlands and India. This season is expected to generate over R675 million for the economy of province from both domestic and international travellers.

The Chief Executive Officer of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Ndabo Khoza said “The Easter season is a very important season for us.  We get a lot of holidaymakers from our key source markets like KZN, Gauteng and inland provinces keen to enjoy the last days of summer ahead of the winter season. Our hotels, particularly those along the coast, enjoy high occupancies during this time.”

KwaZulu-Natal remains a firm favourite with holidaymakers and it continues to be a great value-for-money destination that offers excellent service and activities suitable for the whole family.

“This year, we are also expecting more international tourists with a number of airlines that now fly directly to King Shaka International Airport. We are projecting an increase of 18.7 % on our international arrivals. We are con

fident that they too will fall in love with our destination and keep coming back in the future”, concluded Khoza.

TKZN has joined forces with KZN Liquor Authority, Department of Health, Sanral, South African Police Services, Road Accident Fun, Road Traffic Inspectorate and many others as part of a multi-stakeholder campaign to promote KZN as a safe destination during the season. The “Driver Wellness Easter campaign” kick started at Port Edwards on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 will be followed by smaller activations on the N3 Southbound on 14 and 15 April 2017.

Holidaymakers will be spoilt for choice as the province will host a number of events across KZN to ensure that visitors have a truly exceptional holiday experience. Some of the events are:

  • Easter Indian Shopping Festival, Moses Mabhida Stadium, 7 – 27 April
  • Splashy Fan Music Festival, Underberg, 13 – 16 April
  • Ubunye Easter Weekend Bang at Muzuvukile Sports Ground, 14 April
  • The Gwara Nation, KwaNdengezi Sports Field, 15 April
  • Durban Picnic Day, Moses Mabhida Stadium, 16 April
  • Cothoza, Nongoma Gardens, 16 April
  • 6th Annual Uvukile Gospel Festival, Ugu Sports ground, 16 April
  • Indidane Maskandi Festival Pomoroy Stadium, 16 April
  • Handles Messiah, Opera Theatre, The Playhouse, 16 April
  • Greatest Zululand Music Festival, The George Hotel, Eshowe, 20 April
  • South Coast Bike Festival, Margate, 27 April
  • UMhlathuze Music Festival, Imbizo Hall Empangeni, 28 – 30 April
  • Durban Ski-boat Club Festival, Durban Ski-boat club, 28 – 30 April
  • Amabhubesi Rally 2017, Hazelmere Dam Verulam, 28 April

TKZN would like to urge holidaymakers to always use graded and registered establishments when booking a holiday in the province to ensure that they truly have an exceptional time and their holiday is not marred by unscrupulous characters.  Those who have not finalized their plans yet, can visit the Tourism KZN website, to book accommodation in over 100 establishments in real-time.

Inanda 88.4 FM’s Sthabiso Nyaba – A Liberty Radio Awards ‘Bright Star’

At the Liberty Radio Awards Gala Banquet on 22 April at the Sandton Convention Centre, acknowledgement will be made of people who have made a significant contribution to the radio industry as well as of the young Bright Stars who will play a substantial role in the industry’s future.

Inanda 88.4 FM’s Sthabiso Nyaba is amongst the eight future leaders of the industry who will be inducted as ‘Bright Stars’.

“I nominated sthabiso Nyaba because of his loyalty to me and the station – ever since he joined the station in 2008 he worked tirelessly with dedication to ensure that my dream comes true… The dream of ensuring that INK community has its own effective communication tool helping them to participate vocally in their own development” says Station Manager Thandeka Msani Ngobese.

A NEMISA alumni who first joined Inanda 88.4 FM as a newsreader then went onto presenting and now at age 28, Sthabiso works behind the scenes but his work rate is felt across all departments. He has a fundamental understanding and affection for the medium & Inanda 88.4 FM strongly relies on him, his services and creativity.

“Being someone who had no experience or knowledge of radio when I started working at Inanda 88.4 FM, I’m very grateful that today I am being recognised the Liberty Radio Awards ‘Bright Star'” – Sthabiso Nyaba



Being one of the acts to watch out for in 2017 according to MTV Base Africa’s hot list, the highly-anticipated music video for Laylizzy’s single, “Forever” which was released on Valentine’s Day is finally here.

The visuals deliver a great mood and depiction of the relationship drama described on the song as Laylizzy pours out his feelings through the music.

“You want me to stay, that’s why you misplaced my keys today to the Mercedes, but you can keep that car, doctor, doctor, you can’t keep my heart…”

Through interpreting the lyrics, Laylizzy seems to very much unapologetic while simultaneously encountering mixed feelings about the dilemma that he’s experiencing.

Creatively visualized and directed by Mazi C.I. Jizzle and George Beke, the video exclusively premiered on MTV Base South this morning, do catch it again this afternoon at 4pm.

Super jumbo Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft makes its largest ever delivery to Dube TradePort

On the 31st of March 2017 Dube Cargo Terminal witnessed its second landing of an Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft, as part of the delivery of 80 tonnes of highly specialised spools, which forms part of the main furnace at the local oil refinery. The components ranged from 4 to 16 meters in length, 1 to 3 meters in width and 2 to 4 meters in height.  Due to the oversized nature, weight and value of the cargo, Sebenza Forwarding and Shipping, the company contracted to deliver this essential equipment for the refinery, felt that it necessary to charter an Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft.

Mr Justin Naidoo, Airfreight Controller, Sebenza Forwarding and Shipping said, “Due to the enormity of this cargo, not to mention the monetary value of the shipment, extreme care and caution had to be taken in ensuring that the transportation and disembark from the aircraft, as well as loading onto the specialized low bed trucks, was carried out with the utmost precision and precaution.

‘The need for specialized cranes, rigging crews and equipment that best suited the low bed trucks needed to accommodate this cargo really demanded the input of personnel with years of experience, as well as planning down to the tiniest detail – needless to say, this was all done successfully.”

The spools that were delivered by the aircraft are critical components for the production of fuel at the oil refinery. It was essential that the delivery of these replacement parts, which are of higher grade material, be expedited as efficiently as possible. The landing rights were secured a few weeks prior to the Antonov’s arrival as the cargo was sourced from Germany. The aircraft took two and a half days to reach Durban’s King Shaka International Airport, leaving Leipzig Airport on the 27th of March 2017, with two rest and refueling stops in Cairo and Mombasa.

“The necessary motivation for the need to bring in this type of aircraft was key to having this permit (landing rights) issued, needless to say, Dube TradePort provided sufficient motivation to have this expedited accordingly and receiving a flight of this nature was welcomed by King Shaka International Airport,” continued Mr Justin Naidoo.

An Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft has the carrying capacity of 120 to 150 tonnes – the biggest series heavy lifter in the world. It is a military spec aircraft that is built specifically for the transportation of heavy and oversized cargo, which even includes other aircraft and industrial equipment. In 2013 Dube Cargo Terminal saw a smaller load on an Antonov An-124 airlift a 54-tonne acid cooler for a mine in New Caledonia; this second landing of this aircraft certainly positions Dube Cargo Terminal as a world-class facility capable of handling heavy lifts.

“Dube Cargo Terminal has invested in a specialised outsized cargo handling facility which is equipped with hoists, mobile cranes and conveyor systems to handle bulky or outsized shipments such as large pipes, outsized machinery, motor vehicles, large animals and 20-foot ocean containers,” said Mr Ricardo Isaac, Manager of Dube Cargo Terminal.

“The infrastructure to handle outsized cargo allows us to be flexible in enabling more specialised charter flights as well as growing cargo throughput by facilitating sea to air connections via the increased cargo capacity from the air services that already fly directly to Durban.  By doing so, we are confident that we will continue to stimulate more growth in the local market. In the last 12 months we have seen a steady growth in excess of 20% in cargo throughput.”

Mr Aubrey Veeran, Director of Sebenza Forwarding and Shipping added, “We have chartered smaller aircrafts in the past but nothing like the Antonov An-124. This is a milestone and we are very excited to be a part of this project. We believe there is certainly lots of potential to have charter flights come in (to King Shaka International Airport).  We have an airport that is able to handle major aircraft and the fact that we have received an Antonov An-124 is really major. Durban has more than enough potential and capacity to see and successfully handle many more freighter charters in the years to come.  It was a fantastic experience being part of a project of this magnitude.”


About Sebenza Forwarding and Shipping
Sebenza Forwarding and Shipping (PTY) Ltd (SFS) started in 1997 as the first Black Empowered clearing and forwarding company in the industry. SFS is 55% owned by the Makana Investment Company and 45% owned by Bidvest.

Makana is the investment company of Makana Trust, a trust that was formed by the late former President, Nelson Mandela, to look after the families of over 50 000 former political prisoners. Bidvest is one of South Africa’s big diversified groups, listed on the JSE.

Sebenza employs 90 people in the 3 major cities of South Africa, namely Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town and has global networks in over 250 countries in the world.

Sebenza is a member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA). Sebenza offers a range of logistics solutions including international forwarding; customs clearing; warehousing; transportation; insurance and credit facilities.

As Sebenza we pride ourselves for being client-centric, which means we adapt the way we work in order to fit into the client needs. We keep our clients informed about the status of their goods at all stages in order to give our customers a peace of mind.


MTV Base sets the tone for a new season of Lip Sync Battle Africa, with a sizzling face-off between Jozi rap queen Nadia Nakai and tabloid vixen Khanyi Mbau.

Lip Sync Battle Africa returns to our TV screens on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Thursday 6 April 2017.

Season 2 promises more bops, more booty hops, more mic drops, more shade thrown and more sultry poses for viewers to savour, as celebrities and entertainers from South Africa and across the continent dance, dab and diss to a soundtrack of chart-topping hits –          all while striving to earn the Lip Sync Battle Africa winner’s belt.

This time around, more than 30 of the continent’s hottest celebrities and entertainers face off for the ultimate prize: to be crowned as the Lip Sync Battle champion.  Among the contestants are rapper Da Les, actress Thembi Seete, DJ Sbu, DJ Xclusive, Twins on Decks, Locnville,Tekno, comedian Donovan Goliath, and actors Natasha Thahane and Vuyo Dabula.   As is customary, the stars will be joined on stage by dancers and decked out in the most outrageous outfits, wigs and props imaginable.

Irresistible screen queen Pearl Thusi returns home to resume her hosting role for a second season, aided and abetted by flamboyant Nigerian TV star, and former Lip Sync Battle Africa contestant, Denrele Edun.

Lip Sync Battle Africa (season 2) premieres on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Thursday 6 April 2017 at 21:30 CAT.

Shakespeare should fall from school curriculum – Professor

Cape Town – The Bard will fall. To be or not to be in the SA schools curriculum is the question that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga had to answer when asked about the “decolonisation” of the country’s education system.“Therefore, the consideration of the works of Shakespeare is an aspect of the overall literature review process targeted for 2020 and thus concrete work on this shall only begin in 2018,” Motshekga said in reply to a parliamentary question.

“In response to issues raised by the committee on decolonisation, clarification was given of how the curriculum review process since Curriculum 2005 has included the need for transformation,” Motshekga said.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga expressed her thoughts on Shakespeare work in the schools’ curriculum. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi

Professor Chris Thurman from the English department at Wits University, who teaches Shakespeare, had said in a previous report that William Shakespeare no longer had relevance for South African children.

“I’m not a school teacher, but it seems to me there is already an element of choice at school level. There are already learners who don’t encounter Shakespeare within the curriculum at high school and that is fine.”

“I’m not particularly anxious if Shakespeare were to fall off the curriculum at school level, particularly if that means there are South African, African or more accessible world literature writers who can be placed in that curriculum,” Thurman said.

Tshepo Motsepe from Equal Education shared their approval of the idea to remove the works from the curriculum. “In our previous teaching and learning summit held in July 2016, we drafted an education charter which called for a review of the curriculum.”

“We recognised the current curriculum as reinforcing colonial teaching and learning while neglecting African literature in particular when looking at what is being taught in our schools. This also applies to the history curriculum. South African and African history has taken a back seat and our learners are not taught the rich history we have as a nation.”

The Western Cape Education Department responded to an inquiry by saying: “The curriculum is set at national level. The Western Cape Education Department’s curriculum experts will provide their input as part of the envisaged review process.”

Cape Argus

Mango Groove are special stars of Free Concert

Cape Town – As huge fans of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, iconic South African Afro-pop band Mango Groove are “thrilled” and “honoured” to be one of the headline acts at the Free Concert on Greenmarket Square on Wednesday.

Claire Johnston, whose distinctive vocals which along with the kwela, marabi, pennywhistle and big band brass sounds make Mango Groove so familiar to South Africans of all ages, said: “We’ve never performed at the festival. We’ve performed in Cape Town a 100 times or more and Cape Town is always amazing.

Claire Johnston, lead singer of Mango Groove, who will be performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee

“The festival is an incredible event, so we are thrilled to be involved in two of the events. We perform at the Free Concert with En Vogue and then at the Manenberg stage (on Friday),” she said.

Mango Groove’s roots in African jazz will be a “good jumping off point for jazz fans to understand what our music is all about”, said Johnston.

“For me jazz really is about mixing things up, making things interesting, and of course, Mango Groove does that, in a strange way,” she said.

The band sticks to song structures but there are a couple of tracks built for improvisation where the brass section, the guitarist and drummer will sometimes “go a bit nuts in a song or two”, where they “can lose their minds and express themselves”, said Johnston.

Founding member of the 11-piece band, John Leyden said their sound has always been a “bit poppy with bitter sweet sounds, the sounds of kwela”.

“If you listen to our latest album, Faces to the Sun, it is very much the same sound, a bit rooted in history but at the same time affected by what is influencing us right now, a sort of eclectic pop sound.

“We have always been very, very strongly South African. Musically and lyrically, what we reflect about being South African is a celebration of it, the whole ethos,” Leyden said.

Jazz fans can expect to hear Johnston’s voice at the “best she has ever sounded” as it has “improved with her confidence and her experience through the years and her range has increased with it, which is fantastic”, he said.

Around for 33 years, the band will showcase some new songs and many of their old standards “which people know and love” like Special Star, Dance Some More or Moments Away, when they take to the stage next week, still very much themselves, said Leyden.

Billed as the CTIJF Free Community Concert which in the past attracted some 13 600 fans, the rest of Wednesday’s line-up includes R‘nB USA band En Vogue, Mozambican reedman Moreira Chonguica, espYoung Legends winner VuDu, SACTWU talent winner Danielle Jacobs and the developmental All Star Band.

* The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) takes place on Friday March 31 and Saturday April 1 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The weekend passes are already sold out, but day passes remain on sale at R690 each.

Cape Argus

UK banks given new stress test scenarios

The UK’s biggest banks have been told to prepare for a wide range of challenges, as part of the Bank of England’s latest stress tests.

One key test will be to prove they can manage any sudden slowdown in foreign interest in UK assets.

The banks will have to show they have sufficient resources in place to cope with any shocks.

The seven major lenders taking part are Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS, Santander UK, Standard Chartered and Nationwide.

Last year, RBS had to bolster its finances by about £2bn after failing the last stress test.


The vote by the UK last year to leave the EU triggered a sharp drop in the value of the pound.

Setting out the stress test scenarios, the Bank of England said: “As highlighted in recent financial stability reports, the United Kingdom’s large current account deficit creates a vulnerability to a reduction in foreign investor appetite for UK assets and increases in funding costs for real-economy borrowers.”

The background against which it wants banks to test themselves includes “a sudden increase in the rate of return investors demand for holding sterling assets [which would mean higher interest rates on government bonds] and an associated fall in sterling”.

Under its annual cyclical scenario, banks must show they can cope with a recession in the global economy and in the UK, interest rates peaking at 4%, and with house prices falling by a third.

The Bank’s key interest rates currently stands at 0.25%.

Lenders have also been set a biennial “exploratory” scenario, which assumes “severe and synchronised” stress to the UK and global economy.

This second scenario assumes weak global trade, UK interest rates being cut to 0%, and increasing competition for the major lenders from smaller, challenger banks.

‘Not our business,’ says ANC of Gordhan’s recall

Gwede Mantashe (Deaan Vivier, Netwerk24)

Gwede Mantashe (Deaan Vivier, Netwerk24)

Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma’s recalling

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan from an overseas trip has nothing to do with the African National Congress, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday.

The ANC knew nothing about the decision as it was a government matter, he told reporters at a briefing about the ANC’s national executive committee meeting.

Earlier, the Presidency said both Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas had been instructed to return from an investor roadshow trip to London, Boston and New York. No reason was given.

The move fuelled speculation that Zuma was preparing to reshuffle his Cabinet.

Mantashe said they had yet to have their weekly meeting with the ANC’s top six officials to get a

Bafana’s Record-Breaking Run

Bafana Bafana set a new record for the South African national team on Saturday following their victory over Guinea-Bissau.

Owen da Gama’s troops beat the African Wild Dogs 3-1 thanks to goals from Kermit Erasmus, Percy Tau and Andile Jali, making it 16 games without a defeat as they bettered the record set between 1994 and 1996 by the eventual Africa Cup of Nations champions.

The breaking of the 21-year-old record is thanks to Shakes Mashaba, Thabo Senong and Da Gama, all of whom have taken charge of games during the run that started back in October of 2015. Bafana went the entirety of 2016 without losing a game.
There have been youth sides and ‘B’ teams that have turned out for Bafana since the first win over Angola, however, it is the squad that beat Guinea-Bissau and faces Angola tomorrow that has excited people the most.
Nine wins, seven Draws, a penalty shootout victory – 31 goals scored and 14 conceded.
The Record-Breaking Run:
Angola 2-1 (CHAN qualifier) – 24/10/15 (A)
Angola 3-1 (World Cup qualifier) – 13/11/15 (A)
Angola 1-0 (World Cup qualifier) – 17/11/15 (H)
Cameroon 2-2 (AFCON qualifier) – 26/03/16 (A)
Cameroon 0-0 (AFCON qualifier) – 29/03/16 (H)
Gambia 4-0 (AFCON qualifier) – 05/06/16 (A)
Lesotho 1-1 (COSAFA Cup) – 18/06/16 (A)
Swaziland 5-1 (COSAFA Cup) – 22/06/16 (A)
Botswana 3-2 (COSAFA Cup) – 25/06/16 (A)
Mauritania 1-1 (AFCON qualifier) – 02/09/16 (H)
Egypt 1-0 (Friendly) – 06/09/16 (H)
Burkina Faso 1-1 (World Cup qualifier) – 08/10/16 (A)
Ghana 1-1 (Friendly) – 11/10/16 (H)
Senegal 2-1 (World Cup qualifier) – 12/11/16 (H)
Mozambique 1-1 (Friendly) – 16/11/16 (A)
Guinea-Bissau 3-1 (Friendly) – 25/03/17 (H)

Health workers’ strike leaves Limpopo patients in the lurch

The NEHAWU strike has resulted in a shutdown of various health services in Limpopo.
Image by: Willem Law / Willem Law

Services ground to a halt at various government departments in Limpopo as officials affiliated to the National‚ Education‚ Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) embarked on a protest action over a pay dispute.

Patients had to be turned away from several hospitals as striking workers‚ including nurses who render essential services‚ joined in the protest action.

The unprotected strike started on Wednesday and culminated in a total shutdown of services in the departments of health‚ education and social development on Thursday.

Patients who came from various areas to get treatment at the Polokwane Hospital were left frustrated as they could not access the institution as a result of the strike.

Calvin Ngobeni‚ 40‚ a cancer and tuberculosis patient from Botlokwa‚ was found sitting outside of the premises of Polokwane Hospital while still wearing the patients’ uniform from Botlokwa Hospital.

A visibly-frustrated Ngobeni said‚ “I came to Polokwane Hospital by ambulance hoping to be checked and given medication. And now I may not know what my condition is because there are no services rendered due to the strike”.

Another patient‚ Salphy Molokomme‚ from GaMachaba village in Senwabarwana‚ said she had come on a referral from Helen Franz Hospital to be treated for her severely burnt right hand.

“I came all the way hoping to get help‚ including changing bandages on my hand. Now that government employees are on strike I do not know where I will get another referral letter‚ because the one I have was only meant for one day‚” said the 34-year-old woman.

Nehawu is demanding payment for monies owed to its members since 2012. The union’s chairman at the provincial department of health‚ Tonny Rachuene‚ said the system used to pay bonuses was divisive.

“For instance‚ if 100 people got scored five in their performance agreements‚ only 10% of those employees are entitled to bonuses and the rest are not paid anything‚” said Rachuene.

Spokesman for the provincial department of health‚ Derrick Kganyago‚ said it was regrettable that some of the officials rendering essential services had embarked on “an unlawful” protest action.

“We call on our officials to respect the rights of patients and to remember the oath that they made with us‚” said Kganyago.

He added it was “unfortunate” that they had to seek the intervention of the courts by applying an interdict which was granted against Nehawu and the striking members.

He said they expected the striking workers back at work “with immediate effect” and failure to comply the striking workers will be in contempt and will be subjected to disciplinary measures.

“We had to go that route because patients’ lives were at risk and at the same time we continue to engage with the union to find a common ground‚” Kganyago said.

– TMG Digital/SowetanLIVE

Ramaphosa: Skills development vital for SA’s growth

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says skills development should be at the centre of South Africa’s national agenda.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the National Skills Conference at St George’s Hotel and Conference Centre in Pretoria. Picture: GCIS.

DJ Sbu to launch own radio station

Former Metro FM DJ Sibusiso Leope is set to complete his comeback to the big league with the launch of his own online radio station next month.

Leope, who currently hosts a breakfast show on private radio station Rise FM, also aims to bring in some of Mzansi’s big names in the entertainment industry as presenters and DJs.

While he would host the new station’s breakfast show, former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs star Jabu Mahlangu and musician and TV presenter Zola are understood to be in the line-up.

What is going to set Leope’s station apart from established online stations such as Cliff and Touch Central is that his will target taxi commuters and will offer them free Wi-Fi to have access to the Internet.

Sunday World understands that the station is named MassivMetro with Mahlangu being its sports presenter.

Mahlangu will present his sports show in the same Kasi flavour that he is popular for as an analyst on SuperSport 4 where he gives his expert opinion during PSL matches.

According to sources, Zola had been roped in to present an afternoon drive show.

Zola said he could not speak to us without getting permission from Sbu. Mahlangu confirmed that he was working on a project with Sbu but refused to provide more details.

DJ Sbu confirmed that he was working on an online radio station project which he called ” innovative free Wi-fi radio”.

“Yes I can confirm that I’m working on such a project and it’s going to be launched on April 3. It’s an innovative radio platform which aims to cover the taxi industry through free Wi-Fi,” he said.

He said that they had already secured “beautiful talent that appeals to the masses of South Africa”.

However, he said it was too early to reveal the names of those who will be behind the mic and pleaded with his fans to wait for the official launch.

“The project is done in partnership with Massiv Media, Leadership 2020 and Times Media Group (TMG). TMG is only a partner on the breakfast show,” he said.

Leope said they were currently targeting 1000 taxis which will deliver a joint listenership of 700000.

Steve Kekana: from cattle herder to pop superstar

Singer Steve Kekana is one of the first black performers to have his music played on a white radio station in South Africa, at a time when apartheid was still in force and the music industry segregated along racial lines. He went on to become one of South Africa’s most celebrated musicians. But his success was even more remarkable because music wasn’t the obvious career choice for him as a child: at the age of five Steve became blind because of an illness and worked as a cattle herder. He tells Outlook’s Mpho Lakaje his story.

Image: The blind South African musician Steve Kekana performing on stage
Credit: Caitlin Clerk