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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!

MTN Bushfire 2015 Is Coming

 

Africa’s most diverse world music and arts festival announced its main artist line-up at the official  launch event held in Swaziland on Wed March 25thMTN BUSHFIRE returns on May 29 – 31st 2015 with the most eclectic and star-studded line-up to date.

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Popular acts featured in the highly anticipated line-up include, Switzerland pop artists Kadebostany, Poni Hoax from France and from Madagascar, Jjoby in addition to Swaziland’s  Tlale Makhene.

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MTN BUSHFIRE is also thrilled to welcome back to the main stage South African acts The Soil, Freshlyground and international rock super-stars, The Parlotones. Other top South African acts to feature for the first time this year includeBongeziwe Mabandla and BCUC.

 

These newly announced artists will take their place alongside Grammy winning MTN BUSHFIRE 2015 headliners, Les Nubians. Other artists also previously announced include top South African acts Shortstraw, Australia’s Black Jesus Experience, as well as Mozambique’s Banda Kakana amongst many others.

 

 

The three full days of live musical perormances are complimented by a range of cultural and family-oriented activities which include The Barn, an interactive art, dialogue and performance space, the Global Food Village, the Handcraft and Design Marketplace  and the Kidzone hosting a dedicated programme for families

 

The main stage line-up for MTN BUSHFIRE 2015 reflects a truly global and diverse range of musical genres– hailing from as far afield as Australia, Turkey and Austria complimenting the many artists performing from African countries closer  to home..

 

MTN Bushfire 2015 Artist Line-Up

 

123 (Turkey)

 Since their formation in 2004, the Turkish indie pop band 123 has been dazzling audiences with their intriguing stories and dreamy melodies.

123 are supported by the Turkish Embassy of Mozambique.

Amandla Freedom Ensemble (South Africa)

An urban arts music collective of young jazz musicians dedicated to the advancement and preservation of the South African music legacy.

Banda Kakana (Mozambique)

Banda Kakana is a leading representative of a new generation of Mozambican bands, following in the celebrated footsteps of groups like Ghorwane, Eyuphuro and Orquestra Marrabenta Star of Mozambique.

Bashayi Bengoma  Ensemble (Swaziland)

An ensemble of traditional Swazi music, performed by artists from across Swaziland will gather to perform old and news songs, with lyrics poetically speaking about life, love and beauty.

BCUC (South Africa)

Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) consists of seven musicians from Soweto, South Africa. BCUC moves the audience both physically and emotionally with a sound derived straight from our ancestral lineage and demystifies the general worldviews about modern Africa.

Black Jesus Experience (Australia)

Black Jesus Experience blend traditional Ethiopian music  along with modern hip-hop and funk grooves.  Their rhymes & chimes deliver the musical strength and beauty of Africa through the vocal prism of hip-hop and the freedom of jazz.

Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa)

Two-time SAMA nominee, Bongeziwe Mabandla has been making waves at home and overseas with his blend of urban-African folk. He has performed at festivals in Germany and Spain, as well as opening for the likes of Joss Stone during her South African tour.

Culoe de Song (South Africa)

Top South African DJ and producer, Culoe de Song brings his energetic deep house set to the main stage of MTN BUSHFIRE 2015.

Swazi DJ’s 

Once again MTN Bushfire brings together the finest selection of Swazi DJ’s. MTN Bushfire presents: DJ Zoe, DJ Cream, DJ Mseto, DJ Mkay, DJ Peace and DJ Mixmash.

DJ Danger Ingozi (South Africa)

The ever-progressive DJ Danger Ingozi has been flexing his electro active polymers with a high voltage selection of forward thinking dance music, often infused with African, Baile, Balkan, Reggae, Tropicana and other World Beats.

DJ Okapi (South Africa)

DJ Okapi digs up South African “bubblegum/disco” gems from the late 80’s and early 90s.

Freshlyground (South Africa)

Freshlyground is on home ground! One of South Africa’s most treasured acts, at MTN BUSHFIRE They will perform old favourites as well as some brand new material. Fronted by the diminutive but dynamic Zolani Mahola, the band exudes a live performance energy that has been the bedrock of their success. Although hailing from diverse backgrounds, between them the band’s members weave a musical magic that is highly infectious and undeniably groovy.

Haja Madagascar & the Groovy People [Madagascar/ Congo/ Mozambique/Swaziland]

Charismatic guitarist, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Haja Madagascar collaborates with some of Africa’s finest musicians including; celebrated Congolese bass player Michel Lumana, drummer Stelio Mondlane from Mozambique and vocalists Spirits Indigenous from Swaziland.

This one off musical project of collaborating artists, are brought together by African Synergy and will be touring the 2015 Firefest route.

DJ InviZable & the Champions of the Sonarverse (South Africa)

A master of staging creative Guerrilla performances, DJ INVIZABLE, brings together the champions of the sonarverse for a mind-blowing experience.

Jaojoby (Madagascar)

Jaojoby is commonly recognised as the most popular singer in Madagascar and the Indian Ocean islands and is widely referred to as the “King of Salegy”. His success has earned him such honors as Artist of the Year in Madagascar for two consecutive years (1998–1999) and the role of Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund in 1999.

Jaojoby Firefest route tour is support by the Alliance Francaise.

Joana Serrat (Spain)

Inspired by American roots musicians including Roy Orbison, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, singer-songwriter Joana Serrat, from Barcelona, Spain, joins us this year to showcase her original blend of folk music.

Joana Serret is supported by the Spanish Embassy of Mozambique.

Kadebostany (Switzerland)

New colonists of the pop empire, Kadebostany have swiftly catapulted themselves into the spotlight with their irresistible blend of pop music. Their latest single, is featured as the theme song for the Blockbuster film, 50 Shades of Grey catapulting them into the global spotlight supported with an extensive world tour.

Kadebostany’s Firefest route tour is supported by ProHelvetia, South Africa.

Les Nubians (France)

Les Nubians are one of the most successful French speaking bands, best known for their Billboard R&B Single “Makeda” from their Grammy-nominated album Princesses Nubiennes.

LES NUBIANS’ newest album, NU REVOLUTION, perfectly sums up their Pan-African approach and ethos.

Nomsa M (Swaziland)

Nomsa M, has established herself a leading female Swazi vocalist. She’s best known for her traditional African jazz ‘Pop sound, delivered on stage with strength, passion and charisma.

The Parlotones (South Africa)

The Parlotones are one of the biggest rock bands to come out of South Africa. Having recently returned from a stint in the US,-The Parlotone’s share their latest material at MTN Bushfire 2015.

Poni Hoax (France)

French electro-rock band Poni Hoax, uniquely feature two keyboard players who are complimented by a traditional pop rhythm section. They are expected to deliver a distinctly retro inspired set at MTN BUSHFIRE 2015.

Poni Hoax are proudly supported by IFAS.

Ras Reggie & Ras Ritchie Project (Swaziland)

Ras Reggie, Co-Founder of the veteran Swazi Reggae group Imphandze and Black Roses teams with Ras Ritchie in an all-star Swazi line-up- Expect sweet reggae tunes!

Safeguard Young People Project (South Africa)

Imagine what it would be like if all adolescents and young people in South Africa are healthy, productive and empowered.

The UNFPA aims to contribute to this vision by uniting seven of the regions young, influential artists to communicate themes of social behaviour change.

Artists include KRTC (Swaziland) Zeus (Botswana) DJ Kaliwa (Zambia) The Dogg (Namibia) Bryan K (Zimbabwe) Stlofa (Lesotho) and Gwamba (Malawi).

Shortstraw (South Africa)

Having taken South Africa by storm with a series of radio hits, Johannesburg based indie-pop band, Shortstraw’s infectious summertime music is sure to deliver ideal festival vibes.

Sweet Sweet Moon (Austria)

Sweet Sweet Moon, features multi-instrumentalist Matthias Frey. His traditional singer songwriter approach has evolved, integrating a diverse musical skillset. On stage, expect bold orchestral style arrangements led by his violin and loop pedal.

Sweet Sweet Moon, is supported by the Austrian Embassy of South Africa.

Tlale Makhene (Swaziland)

Swazi groove master Tlale Makhene is recognised as Swaziland’s leading percussionist/composer. His prolific career has included producing and performing on over 300 jazz and world music album collaborations.

Tiale Makhene will be joined on stage with acclaimed musicians Helder Gonzaga   (Mozambique) Erik Paliani (Malawi) Bernice Boikanyo (SA)  and Thando Matsebula (SA). This regional music collaboration is sponsored by ProHelvitica..

Tonik and friends (South Africa/Swaziland)

TONIK present silent performances! Introducing headphones for individual members of the audience with personal volume control, a concert by TONIK is a revolutionary and immersive experience.

This year Tonik are set to perfume with Swazi musicians Smiles Makhama and Ralph Smit.

Transito (Mozambique/ USA/France)

Projecto TRANSITO is an acoustic journey of discovery between musicians of varied musical and cultural origins using traditional instruments from around the world.

True Vibenation (Zim/Australia)

Made up of African/Australian twins, this Australian band has developed a solid reputation for their electric live shows. True Vibenation bring a fresh approach to hip-hop, blending elements of afro-beat, jazz, dubstep, soul and Latin music to create a global sound.

The Soil (South Africa)

Platinum selling acapella trio, The Soil, are back by popular demand to the MTN BuUSHFIRE main stage. The group are best known for performing in a melodic township style, which they call Kasi Soul.

MTN BUSHFIRE 2015 TICKETS

Early bird tickets are available until March 31st from  the MTN BUSHFIRE website, www.bush-fire.com.

From April 1st physical tickets will be available from the MTN BUSHFIRE website and outlets in Maputo, Johannesburg and Swaziland. In Johannesburg, the Lucky Bean restaurant in Melville.

In Maputo, Bairro Bistro. In Swaziland, at the All Out Africa Internet Café  MTN service centres in Riverstone Mall and Corporate Place, as well as at Shak’s Gables, Rob’s Matsapha and E-Top Up in Bhunu Mall.

Make sure you are one of the 20,000 music and arts fans who “BRING THEIR FIRE” to the scenic farmlands of the Malkerns Valley to experience this unique event.

For more information and to purchase tickets: www.bush-fire.com  Also visit: www.facebook.com/MTNBushfire @BushfireFest

 

Musicians Touring South Africa

 

Musicians Touring SA

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Hip hop star Da L.E.S. will be doing a nationwide album tour for ‘Mandela Money’

You can catch him at the following spots

Cape Town (COCO) 30th Jan

Durban (47th Ave) 7th Feb

Johannesburg (Taboo) 27th Feb


 

Ben Howard will headline Jozi‘s Sowing the Seeds Music and Lifestyle Festival and perform at Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch Gardens.

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For the last few years Ben has toured relentlessly and each concert has been sold out.  Look out for his album ‘I Forgot Where We Were.’

The Sowing the Seeds Music and Lifestyle Festival started in Cape Town in 2008 by Seed Experiences as a teaser event to the hugely popular Rocking the Daisies Festival and quickly grew in stature. Since the phenomenal growth of Rocking the Daisies in the Western Cape, Seed Experiences saw a demand from people in the Jozi area who wanted a similar minded music and lifestyle festival closer to home. On Saturday 21 March next year, the 3rd edition of Sowing the Seeds in Jozi, will be held at Emmarentia Dam over one full day and promises to be bigger than ever before while still maintaining its appealing boutique festival status.

Local acts confirmed so far include Desmond and the Tutus, as well as afro-folk singer and performer Bongeziwe Mabandla. For more information, local lineup announcements

visit:  www.sowingtheseeds.co.za or Facebook.com/SowingtheSeedsSA

The Cape Town event at the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens will be a picnic-style setup on Wednesday the 18th of March 2015, headlined by Ben Howard and supported with one local act. For more information about Ben Howard Live in Cape Town visit: www.facebook.com/seedexperiences

Tickets for both Sowing the Seeds and Ben Howard Live in Cape Town will go on sale on Tuesday 9th of December via Webtickets.co.za

SOWING THE SEEDS:

On sale: From 9 December via webtickets.co.za

Date: Saturday, 21st March 2015

Venue: Emmarentia Dam, Johannesburg

Tickets: R495 (note: children pay full price)

Gates open 10h00 and ends at 18h00

#STS2015

 

Ben Howard Cape Town:

On sale: From 9 December via Webtickets.

Date: Wednesday, 18th March 2015

Kirstenbosch Gardens

Tickets: R465 (note: children pay full price)

Gates open 17h00 and ends at 22h00

#BenHowardSA

 

This edition by Fred Felton

Twitter @fredfelton

 

Mobile Web Africa Is Coming

 

Mobile Web Africa returns to Johannesburg and promises to drive progress and raise the bar again

 

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Mobile Web Africa is returning to South Africa in a few weeks’ time. The organisers, All Amber, have announced numerous new measures, key partnerships and organised a superb venue, all of which support the objective of setting a new standard of excellence for technology conferences on the continent. Mobile Web Africa will be held on 10 and 11 September at the spectacular Randlords in Johannesburg.

In October 2009 Mobile Web Africa first cemented its position in the then relatively undeveloped conference market in South Africa. Five years on, and All Amber founder Matthew Dawes is keenly aware of the need to deliver an exceptional conference experience.

“It’s remarkable looking back five years to when Mobile Web Africa was first launched. The events industry in SA has developed massively since we put together that event. For me, it’s important to see that my objective back in 2009 to facilitate the growth of the mobile data, services and products industry across the continent has come to fruition. I hope that the 15 events All Amber has organised across Sub-Saharan Africa have contributed to that growth. Mobile Web Africa 2014 is all about showing the progress the region has made,” says Dawes.

“Bringing Tomi Ahonen back to Jo’burg is a massive plus for the conference. He’s a global mobile industry rockstar and will be delivering material looking at the next stage of growth. The range and breadth of the contributors is outstanding. We have confirmed individuals such as Gustav Praekelt, Emma Kaye and Chika Nwobi (who is coming in from Lagos specifically for the event); Robert Lamptey from Saya in Ghana is an incredible presenter; Nanjira Sambuli from the iHub in Nairobi is going to discuss ICT4D and innovation; and then you’ve got market leading organisations including Standard Bank, Junk Mail, KPMG, Mahindra Comviva, Yahoo! and Deloitte.

For Thursday lunch we’ve brought together Intel, AppCircus and Mobile Monday South Africa for a mobile app competition. Africa’s leading app developer will win the chance to represent the continent on the world stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  Intel is also generously providing complimentary tickets for 10 leading start-ups and developers.  Another feature that we introduced at our 2014 events in Kenya and Nigeria is the “Leaders of Mobile” keynote session. This will be brought to the Johannesburg event, and will kick-start the conference and tackle the core issues that need discussion to enable further progress.”

In addition, Mobile Web Africa will be hosting the inaugural Standard Bank MMA SMARTIES™ Awards on the evening of 10 September. This will be an evening highlighting the work that is leading the industry in taking mobile marketing to the next level, and represents an ideal collaboration.

Year-on-year the event has delivered crucial business development opportunities and Randlords is the perfect environment for Mobile Web Africa 2014. Attendees will receive table service during sessions so that the market leading organisations and the current and future industry leaders are able to focus entirely on the matter at hand: developing the industry even further.

The Mobile Web Africa 2014 agenda is available to view online at the event website: www.mobilewebafrica.com. As is normally the case with All Amber conferences, it has been split into eight distinct sessions over two days. Sessions include: The leaders of mobile; thought leader interview and address; the landscape for digital entrepreneurs across Sub-Saharan Africa; driving thought leadership in mobile marketing; the debate around the future of mobile money; smart cities and smart living; mobile content, users & consumption; and showcase presentations.

About All Amber

All Amber was founded in 2009 by Matthew Dawes to produce interactive, discussion-based events specifically aimed at high-level strategists in mobile technology across Africa. To date, All Amber events are industry-leading and highly acclaimed.

All Amber events provide abundant networking opportunities, which have been proven to lead to growing business and new partnerships. This is achieved by:

  • A highly interactive roundtable seating format to facilitate genuinely constructive discussion and networking
  • Creating intimate and stimulating environments by using the best venues on offer
  • Networking sessions designed to encourage maximum interaction between attendees

For more information please visit http://allamber.co.uk

 

About Mobile Web Africa

Back in 2009, there simply weren’t many conferences in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially ones that focused purely on mobile data, products and services. When you combine the prevalence of the mobile handset with the extraordinary potential of the web and apps then what you’ve got is a game changer.

Since 2009 Mobile Web Africa, and its sister events Mobile West Africa and Mobile East Africa, have become the leading mobile technology, business-to- business, conferences on the continent. The conference brings together the best brains in the African mobile ecosystem.

For more information please visit http://mobilewebafrica.com

This edition by Molly Dimpho