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MTV Shuga: Down South

MTV Staying Alive Foundation Hosts Round Table Discussion of ‘MTV Shuga: Down South.’

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Hard hitting contemporary youth drama sparks conversation about the unspoken.

Love, teenage pregnancy, HIV and contraception are just some of the topics that MTV Shuga: Down South sparks.

Not just women should be responsible for birth control.  LGBQTI and other topics are brought up by this show.

Legato Walaza, the actress who plays Zamo on MTV Shuga: Down South, confesses that many of the young girls in her school fell pregnant at 15 and 16.  ‘My cousin was one of them and I saw the stigma which rose from that,’ she says.

MTV Shuga: Down South can be viewed on MTV Base on Wednesdays at 21h30 and on SABC 1 on Fridays at 22h00.  The series is also available on the MTV Shuga You Tube Channel, http://www.mtvshuga.com/show/ .

MTV Shuga: Down South is supported by the South African government’s Department of Basic EducationPEPFAR (The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief)Marie Stopes International, ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action MSM & Transgender Programme, CIFF (Children’s Investment Fund Foundation) and FHI 360 (Family Health International).

MTV Shuga: Down South is produced on behalf of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and MTV Base by Quizzical Pictures.

To continue the conversation about MTV Shuga: Down South, please go to http://www.MTVShuga.com, like MTV Shuga on www.facebook.com/MTVShuga, or follow MTV Shuga on Twitter or Instagram @MTVShuga using the hashtag #MTVShugaDS.

 

Thinking of travelling over Easter?

Just when you thought you were over the festive season madness and settled into a work, home and school routine again, it’s time to start all over again.

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If you’re brave enough to repeat the exercise so soon, Nthabiseng Motsepe, General Manager, Corporate Communications gives some advice on travelling during South Africa’s Easter exodus.

Along with the end of year festive season, Easter is one of South Africa’s most celebrated holidays. Though coming hot on the heels of our last big break, most of us feel the urge to make the most of the long weekend – perhaps even extended to a week or two depending on how we can wangle our leave.

It’s not all chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies, though. Like December, it can be a stressful time as people take to the roads again. Perhaps to attend a religious festival, to visit family and friends, or for some fun in what’s left of the summer sun.

 

  1. Put safety first

 

Whether your trip is long or short, don’t become a statistic.

More than 1,700 people died on South Africa’s roads during last year’s festive period. About 10 percent were children below the age of four.

Despite these concerning statistics, this remains a serious issue on our roads.

Make sure your car is roadworthy, drive responsibly and observe the rules of the road.

Make it non-negotiable that every adult and child is buckled up.

Keep the joy and every family member alive at Easter.

 

  1. Plot your route carefully

If you’re venturing far from home, it’s wise to check the state of the roads on your planned route.

Our recent weather extremes have caused lots of potholes and uneven surfaces on many national and provincial roads.

It might be best to make a detour even if it adds time to your journey. You don’t want to be held up with a puncture or more severe damage to your vehicle. This is when Nissan’s 24hour Roadside Assist comes in handy, getting you back on the road or towing you to the nearest facility.

Your aim is to keep on the move, protect your vehicle, and ensure your family’s safety.

While we’re on the subject of potential road hazards, be on the lookout for pedestrians and animals, especially when you’re off the beaten track.

 

  1. Enjoy the thrill of an off-road trip

Families wanting to get as far from the madding crowd as possible will most likely opt for an off-road trip.

There’s plenty of scope in South Africa and further afield for an off-road adventure, a game viewing experience, or traversing some of our vast national parks.

It’s also a chance to put the features of your 4×4, SUV or crossover to the test, away from asphalt roads and the grind of city driving.

If you are in the market for a 4×4, visit your nearest Nissan dealership for all the information on the recently launched all new Nissan Navara. It’s rugged and redefined for that boys trip away or an offroad adventure for the entire family.

If you are going to be fairly isolated, there are a few necessities that you really should consider packing along. An excellent navigation system.

A compressor and air pressure gauge to adjust tyre pressure as necessary.

Fuel reserves. not to mention a plentiful supply of food and water.

 

  1. Explore your surrounds

If you’re not in the mood to travel far, you’d be amazed at how much there is on your own doorstep. Whatever the family enjoys for recreation you’re sure to find something that everyone can enjoy quite close to home.

It could be museums or music, action or animals, or just a leisurely stroll through the park.

Make a day of it with a picnic and incorporate some fun activities like an Easter egg treasure hunt.

Find time to put your feet up. A bit of pampering will also help to relax you and recharge your batteries. So if you’re already feeling the strain, don’t feel guilty about booking some time at a nearby spa!

 

  1. Check out local activities

 

Have a look at your local newspaper for a calendar of Easter activities. There’s usually something special on at this time of year.

We’re gearing up for our annual hosting of the Nissan Easter Festival. This year it runs from 8th to 17th April at Kyalami Equestrian Park in Gauteng.

There are the usual equestrian events, as well as a non-stop programme of activities for the whole family. Plus the chance to test drive our amazing range of family, work and recreational vehicles.

Whatever you get up to and wherever you drive, make the most of the welcome downtime.

 

Happy Easter!

Opportunity for African Writers, Directors and Film Critics 2017

The 38th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, with support from Berlinale Talents, is proud to announce the opening of applications for the 10th Talents Durban taking place 14 – 18 July under the theme “Perspectives; Seeing Things Differently”.

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This year,Talents Durban opens submissions to African writers and directors with fiction, documentary and hybrid projects in development. Talents Durban will again welcome projects of all media formats such as film, television series, web series and content for mobile platforms. As part of the 10year celebration, this year’s programme is also opened to alumni of Talents Durban, building on sustainable networks and opening doors for collaboration. As before, Talents Durban will host mentorship and hands on training for emerging film critics. The Talent Press programme is a co-operation with FIPRESCI and the Goethe-Institut.

Talents Durban is also excited to include a new discipline in Animation and Visual Effects. The Animation Studio,will be launched as part of the programme to keep Africa at the forefront of current and new cinematic technology. Here, Talents of this discipline can share their ideas with fellow participants and experts, take part in various hands on programmes, excursions, and discuss and improve their aesthetics and mechanics of their own work under the tutelage of renowned mentors and experts.

How to apply

Applications are now open, visit www.berlinaletalents.de/bt/durban/ap/info/index  or www.durbanfilmfest.co.za

For more information contact; Lungile Ngubelanga (+27) 31 260 3586

Or email talentsdurban@gmail.com

DEADLINE: 5 May 2017

A Tasty New Year’s Day Lunch

SA’s top chefs inspire with Stone Fruit for the festive cheer

With New Year’s Day Lunch looming and if you’re stuck for some new ideas, why not incorporate some locally grown stone fruit into your holiday eating plans as created by celebrity chefs. Here is a fabulously divine, yet easy, three course menu and recipes from three of South Africa’s top chefs: Jenny Morris, Justin Bonello and Reuben Riffel.

A light and airy seafood starter, a crispy and delectable pork dish as a main and a peachy sweet treat to round it off perfectly.

This menu would be suitable for lunch or dinner and is bound to impress and delight your loved ones.

STARTER

Jenny Morris’ Prawn and Nectarine filled Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Makes 8

The filling

8 dried rice paper rounds

2 firm ripe nectarines diced

1tsp lime zest

3 tsp chopped mint

1tbls chopped fresh coriander

5 chopped basil leaves

1 chilli finely chopped

1 whole spring onion with tops chopped

1/2 English cucumber deseeded and cut into thin

match sticks

Shredded lettuce

Finely Shredded red cabbage

16 steamed tiger prawns halved lengthways

Dipping Sauce

1 tsp grated ginger

1 clove garlic finely chopped

½ cup rice vinegar

¼ cup boiling water

½ cup castor sugar

1 Tbs fish sauce

2 small chillies, chopped

1 Tbs chopped fresh coriander

1 tsp sesame oil

1Tbs finely diced fresh cucumber

Mix together the nectarines, lime zest, mint, coriander, basil, chilli and spring onion.

To make the spring rolls, place one rice paper at a time in a bowl of warm water to soften it slightly.

Remove to a flat surface and place a little of the nectarine mixture onto the centre of the rice paper,

top with a little shredded lettuce, then red cabbage and lay two prawn halves onto that.

Now fold in the sides of the rice paper and gently roll up nice and tight. Do the same with the

remaining rounds of rice paper. Pack onto tray with enough space between them so they don’t stick

together, and cover with a damp clean cloth. When you are ready to serve, slice the rolls in half

diagonally, place on a plate and serve with dipping sauce.

Make the dipping sauce first. Place the ginger, garlic, vinegar and water in a saucepan over

medium heat and add the sugar, stirring to dissolve. Bring to the boil and let it bubble away for a few

minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the fish sauce and chillies. Stir in the chopped coriander,

sesame oil and diced cucumber too, when cool and set aside.

I sometimes make these with shredded duck breast, rare thinly sliced beef fillet, shredded

chicken breasts, or even leave out the meat and go vegetarian. If you can lay your hands on some

Vietnamese mint please add a leaf to your roll.

Tip: You can make these up to 2 hours ahead just cover them with a clean damp cloth to prevent them from drying out!

© Jenny Morris 2015 All rights reserved

 

MAIN

Justin Bonello’s Pork Belly & Plums

For the Belly

1.5 kg Free‐Range Pork Belly, skin scored

A decent glug of Olive Oil

A large pinch of Maldon Salt

Cracked Black Pepper to taste

For the Marinade

Big chunk of Ginger, grated

5 Garlic Cloves, crushed and chopped

5 tablespoons of Soya Sauce

3 tablespoons of Dry Sherry

2 tablespoons of Rice Wine Vinegar

Big squeeze of Honey

Juice of half an Orange

Start by mixing all the marinade ingredients

together, cover the belly liberally and marinate in

the fridge overnight, turning it a couple of times before you go to bed.

The next day, take the belly out of the fridge, allow to return to room temperature and preheat

your oven to 220°C. Next it’s time to get the belly into the oven. Shake the excess marinade off the belly, dry the skin side with paper towel and rub the top and underside

with olive oil, salt and pepper. Heat a large roasting pan in the oven and once hot, place the

pork skin side down and roast for about 15 minutes until the fat has caramelised (but be

careful not to burn it!) Next, flip the belly around, reduce the oven heat to 160°C. Sprinkle the top of

the belly with extra salt and slowly roast until you have beautiful crispy crackling.

For the Plum Sauce

Decent glug of Olive Oil

1 Red Onion, finely chopped

2 Garlic Cloves, crushed and chopped

1 Red Chilli, seeded and finely chopped

a big chunk of ginger, finely chopped

a pinch of Ground Coriander

1 Star Anise

100g Caster Sugar

2 handfuls of ripe Plums, quartered and pitted

Big splash of Soya Sauce

2 teaspoons of Fish Sauce

Small handul of coriander finely chopped

Check that the belly is crisping up in the oven, then about 20 minutes before you think it’s going

to be ready, start making the plum sauce. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over a high heat, then add

the onion, garlic, chilli, ginger, ground coriander and star anise. Once everything is sizzling away,

add the sugar and stir until the onions have caramelised. Next, add the plum quarters, reduce

the heat and simmer until the plums are soft –about 15 minutes. Take the onions and plum

mixture off the heat then add the soya sauce, fish sauce and chopped coriander. Pour into bowl and

allow to cool.

Serve the pork belly drizzled with the sauce and scattered with fresh coriander.

DESSERT

Reuben Riffel’s Peachy Pancakes with Ice Cream and Salted Caramel Sauce

Ingredients

4 South African peaches or nectarines, pitted and sliced

30g caster sugar

1tsp vanilla extract

125g plain flour

Pinch salt

2 medium eggs

250ml milk

1tbsp vegetable oil

Salted caramel sauce:

80g butter

80g light or dark muscovado sugar

80g golden syrup

Generous pinch sea salt flakes

Vanilla ice cream, to serve

  1. Put the sliced South African peaches or nectarines into a saucepan with the sugar, vanilla extract and 150ml water. Heat and simmer gently for 5‐6 minutes. Meanwhile, sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Add the eggs and milk and beat with a wire whisk to make a smooth batter.
  1. Heat a small pancake pan or heavy‐based frying pan and add a few drops of oil. Pour in a thin stream of batter, tilting the pan so that it flows evenly across the surface. Cook over a medium heat until set, then flip over to cook the other side. Cook 8 small pancakes altogether, adding a few drops of vegetable oil each time. Keep them in a warm place as you cook them.
  1. To make the salted caramel sauce, put the butter, muscovado sugar and syrup into a saucepan and heat gently until melted, then simmer for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and add the sea salt. Taste and check, adding a little more salt if needed. Serve the pancakes, topped with the peaches, scoops of ice cream and the salted caramel sauce.

For more amazing recipes made with our gorgeous stone fruits you can visit the Beautiful County, Beautiful Fruit website and be inspired.

Be sure to head over to our South African Stone Fruit Facebook page too.

Warcraft in IMAX 3D

SCI-FI FANS GET READY FOR WARCRAFT IN IMAX 3D

By: S’nenhlanhla Mnqayi

The sci-fi fans are assured of a great and maximum movie experience following the release of the feature film Warcraft in Ster-Kinekor’s immersive IMAX theatres.

Warcraft a product from Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures presents an epic adventure based on a video game series on Blizzard Entertainment and novels set in the world Azeroth.

Looking to escape from his dying world, the orc shaman Gul’dan utilises magic to open a portal to the human realm of Azeroth. Together with the fierce fighter Blackhand, Gul’dan creates the orc clans into a conquering army called the Horde.

They unite to protect Azeroth from these invaders and as the two races collide, the leaders start to question if war is the only answer for them to solve this issue.

The film carries an age restriction of 10-12 PGV and the length of it is 2 hours and 4 minute.

The film, directed by Duncan Jones, stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper, among others.

The IMAX release of Warcraft will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of An IMAX 3D Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology.

The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

The film released on Friday, 10 June, countrywide, it can also be seen in the luxury of Cine Prestige 3D cinemas at select sites and in 3D and 2D at all Ster-Kinekor cinemas.

Ster-Kinekor’s IMAX theatres are at the following cinema complexes: Gateway in Durban, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth, Cape Gate in Cape Town, The Grove Mall in Pretoria, Cradlestone Mall in Krugersdorp, at Eastgate Shopping Centre in Johannesburg, and at the newly opened Mall of Africa in Midrand.

For more information on Warcraft in Ster-Kinekor, IMAX® and Cine Prestige cinemas, download the Ster-Kinekor App on your smart phone for updates and to book tickets from your mobile.

To find out what other exciting promotions Ster-Kinekor has on offer, visit http://www.sterkinekor.com or sterkinekor.mobi. Follow @sterkinekor on Twitter or Ster- Kinekor Theatres on Facebook. For queries, call Ticket line on 0861 MOVIES (668 437) or book at the box office.

If you want to view the trailer of Warcraft, you can visit think link below:

http://www.sterkinekor.com/#/trailer/8144/IMAX%203D%20-%20Warc


FNB ACCOUNT FEES TO REMAIN UNCHANGED

By: Pamela Sibiya

FNB customers have until June 2017 to continue enjoying using their accounts without increased charges.

This is relevant on the bank’s most popular accounts including the Easy, Gold, Encore Gold and Premier Bundle accounts. This is part of the bank’s strategy to migrate customers to ditigal and electronic channels.

FNB Pricing Executive, Jo-Ann du Plessis said that they are determined to offer free services on most of their services and accounts.

“FNB is determined to continue offering the lowest priced entry level full-service account with our Easy Account, especially when customers consider they can conduct all their banking using our free transactions such as free card swipes, cash withdrawals at till-points, free internal debit orders and transfers as well as free EFTs into our accounts,” he said.

The bank also offers free cash at till withdrawals, free inContact, free subscriptions to Online Banking, FNB Banking App, and Cellphone banking, as well as free Cellphone banking mini-statements, and free FNB ATM, Cellphone Banking and Banking App balance enquiries.

du Plessis also added that the new features include streamlining of their accounts.

“We now offer two accounts, Easy and Gold, which significantly simplifies our entry and mid-level offerings. The Easy Account offers two pricing options for customers to choose from based on what will best suit their banking transactional behaviour; Pay as You Use for the low transactor and the Easy Bundle (previously the Smart Value Option) for the medium transactor,” he added.

CEO of Premium and Business Core Banking, James Fowle said that there is a slightly different approach with the Premier Bundle Account.

“In the Premium segment, we have maintained monthly fees for our Premier Bundled Account at previous levels and reduced overdraft fees for customers in good standing. We have further increased the value of free ADT deposits for these customers. We have announced a small increase, the first in two years, in our Private Clients monthly fee,” he said.

With these changes, FNB is determined to remain one of the most innovative banks in SA.


 

ENTERTAINMENT LEGEND HONOURED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

By: Pamela Sibiya

Entertainment veteran and living legend Roger Lucey was bestowed with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award by the South African Music Awards on Saturday.

Lucey, 62, was honoured with the prestigious prize at this ceremony dedicated to paying tribute to great musicians in the country held anually at the Albert Luthuli ICC . This veteran is greatly admired for his rebellious nature, which he displayed through his anti-apartheid music and protests song in the 1970s

To add to this huge achievement, Lucey is also this years’ ambassador for Moshito, a premier South African music industry event which will happen later in the year. He, together with fellow ambassador, new kid on the bock and female emcee Gigi Lamayne, are flying the flag for this seminal conference happening in early September.

Lamayne has also made a name for herself as she has stormed her way into the male dominated industry and has scooped many awards from various reputable ceremonies such as the South African Hip Hop Awards, winning Best Female for two consecutive years (2013 and 2015), as well as winning Best Mixtape and Best Newcomer in 2013 .

The Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition is set to take place between 7-10 September at the SABC Radio Park in Auckland Park.

 

 

The Hunt For South Africa’s Greatest Steakhouse

WHO WILL TAKE THE TITLE AS THE WOLFTRAP STEAKHOUSE CHAMPIONSHIPS HUNTS FOR SOUTH AFRICA’S GREATEST STEAKHOUSE

By: S’nenhlanhla Mnqayi

The anticipation among people of South Africa is at its peak as the 20 finalist of the best steakhouse are in and they are set to compete for the national champions for 2016.

Every year the Wolftrap Steakhouse Championship runs a competition to find South Africa’s best steakhouse and this is their fourth year running this game.

The first round has been completed. This was a public voting phase to identify the best steakhouse in South Africa.

The 20 steakhouses are as follows, Cattle Baron, Mossel Bay in Southern Cape, Cattle Baron, Tableview in Western Cape, Havana Grill in Durban, Hillside Tavern, in Pretoria , HQ in Cape Town, Jayz Grill, Pietermaritzburg, Karoo Cattle and Land, Irene, Pretoria, Little Havana, Umhlanga Rocks, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bloemfontein, Milhaus, Kyalami, Midrand, Johannesburg, Milhaus, Olympus, Pretoria, Pioneer’s Butcher and Grill, Hazyview, Mpumalanga, Texas Grill, George, Southern Cape, The Butcher Restaurant, Camps Bay, The Cricketer, East London, The Godfather, Centurion, Pretoria, The Grumpy Griller, George in Southern Cape, The Hussar Grill, Rondebosch, Western Cape, The Local Grill, Parktown North, Johannesburg and Woodstock Grill&Tap in Western Cape.

The Local Grill held the title for two years, which was in 2013 and 2014, whilst Little Havana were last year’s champion.

These steakhouses have made it to the judging round, where a team of expert judges, along with a well-known MasterChef judge, Pete Goffe-Wood will visit the Top 20 to test the field.

According to the judging panel they stated that the steakhouses will not be aware of the visits they will surprise them on the spot.

“The steakhouses don’t know when the judges will arrive and each will be assessed on a score-sheet that is designed to separate the good from the great-looking at the total experience but focusing on the quality of the steak.”

The judges also said that there will be a certain way in which they will choose the best steakhouse and the decision will be made according to the score-sheet as they will look at other things too that accompany the steaks.

“Judges rate the steakhouses according to a wide-ranging, standardised score-sheet which examines all aspects of dining out and encompasses the total experience, but focuses on the quality of the steak and the side dishes that are part of the steak meal.”

The announcement of the new champions will take place at the Awards Ceremony on 21 June, at the current Steakhouse Champion, Little Havana in Umhlanga Rocks.

 


 

Parkade eventing- it’s a thing!

By Pamela Sibiya

The Musgrave Shopping Centre has created a sustainable economic growth programme through the re-use of existing facilities from the mall.

The centre has repurposed the mall’s parking lot as a hot venue spot and has made quite an impression to masses of people. Affectionately dubbed as “Level 5”, indicating the parking floor, the venue has paved it’s success through the events they’ve hosted.

The Roof Top Night Market is one of the highlight events which brings in large crowds and ultimately creates large publicity and high return on marketing investment.

Marketing manager for Musgrave Shopping Centre, Donald Mclellan said this was an existing opportunity which they chose to utilise.

“A growing trend in the retail industry and in the country is to repurpose things and areas and it makes a lot of business sense for both the mall and companies utilising the untapped space,” he said.

Level 5 has also hosted events such as the uShaka Marine World peagant, which transformed the parkade area into a talent show setting.

Mclellan added that the team dedicated to the venue is always prepared for all sorts of events and transforming the client’s ideas to life.

“The centre management tea has the marketing expertise to work with any events company and suggest an advertising mix which will help in the process of hosting a successful event,” he said.

Seychelles and South African tourism boards sign MoU for better cooperation

Better cooperation and exchanges are expected in the field of tourism between Seychelles and South Africa after the two countries’ respective tourism boards signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the INDABA trade fair last week in Durban.

The MOU was signed on behalf of Seychelles by the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St Ange and Sthembiso Dlamini, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the South African Tourism Board.

 

Several talks and discussions were held between the two bodies in the past year, leading up to the realisation of this agreement which now covers numerous areas of prolific cooperation between them.

In the presence of several representatives of both tourism boards, the agreement was signed and toasted to as both Minister St Ange and Ms Dlamini said they look forward to further strengthen ties and enhance cooperation between the two countries.

The agreement promotes promotional efforts and collaboration in developing the tourism industry of both countries as they seek to: jointly position Seychelles and South Africa as touristic destinations and increase their market profiles as preferred destinations; collaborate on marketing activities, tourism campaigns and travel trade promotions aimed at increasing the market share of both countries; provide access to each other’s pool of marketing intelligence especially to increase the marketing efficiencies of both countries; collaborate on efforts to increase the countries’ exposure in the global market and improve communication between the

two parties in order to foster a closer working relationship.

 

Minister St Ange, who has been instrumental in pushing for such an agreement between the two bodies, reiterated of why he felt ‘Africa should work with Africa’, if the continent is to move forward and be a more attractive product on the international tourist market.

“South Africa has been and remains a strong source market for Seychelles and it is a country with which we share excellent relations. But there are more we can do for each other and this agreement will lead the way to better cooperation and exchanges between the two parties, which will help to position both destinations at a new level on the international tourist market,” he said.

 

Ms Dlamini also spoke of the need to work together in order to develop a common approach to developing the two countries’ tourism plan and strategies.

“Collaboration is central to all we eandevour to do as SA Tourism to grow and support the tourism industry in the country, and on the continent. We are very excited that our initial discussions with the Seychelles have borne fruit in the form of this MOU. We are looking forward to future engagement to realise our shared vision of taking our destinations to new levels of success.”