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Friday, 22 July 2016

@SamsungSA Delivers #AirConditioning That’s Effective in #Summer and #Winter

Hi Guys, 

Samsung Electronics South Africa has vast experience in the development of air conditioning and has long been committed to creating cooling solutions that are both powerful and convenient, thereby ensuring optimum comfort for users. However, what many consumers are unaware of is the fact that Samsung air conditioners are equally effective at warming up a room and they can perform more efficiently than the average heater.

Although South Africa is renowned for its long, warm summers, when the winter hits, the cold can really affect internal living spaces. The traditional method of dealing with the cold is to utilise a bar or fan heater, but these products tend to work best as personal heating appliances and are less effective when attempting to warm an entire room.

Michael McKechnie, Director of Digital Appliances Group at Samsung Electronics SA, points out that Samsung’s air conditioners may have a reputation for being cooling appliances, but they are just as good when it comes to heating a room. 
Samsung Air Conditioners #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
“You simply cannot obtain the same amount of comfort or efficiency in heating from another source, as these appliances are designed to control the entire room’s temperature. Moreover, an air conditioner allows you to maintain your desired room temperature more effectively too,” says McKechnie. 

“Consumers may be concerned that an air conditioner will use more power, but even this is not necessarily the case. Our products have a built in inverter that sets the appliance to idle once the room reaches optimal temperature, switching on again only if the temperature drops below this level. A heater, on the other hand, is likely to remain on throughout the day in order to keep a room warm, so it clearly draws a lot of electricity.”

He adds that another, intangible benefit of using an air conditioner for heat is that by more consistently controlling the temperature of the room, you are less likely to get ill from constant changes in temperature. In addition, Samsung’s premium products have ‘Virus Doctor’ built into them. This technology promotes clean air through a simple plasma ion, which is able to kill more than 99% of germs in the air.

One concern consumers may have is that purchasing an air conditioner is a much larger investment than buying a simple heater. McKechnie suggests that it should be remembered that such an appliance will be useful throughout the year, heating rooms in winter but will also be able to cool them in the long summer months. 

“Furthermore, although for new customers an air conditioner may be more costly than a simple heater, Samsung distributors have a finance scheme in place that will allow individuals to buy an appliance at a set monthly rate that includes a warranty, as well as a maintenance plan. This means they can get a high quality product, capable of serving their needs for many seasons to come, at a reasonable price.”

“Ultimately, Samsung is committed to creating air conditioning solutions that are not only powerful and convenient, but that ensure optimum comfort in both winter and summer, all while delivering peak energy efficiency, which translates into lower electricity bills for consumers,” concludes McKechnie.

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Women Technical Programme Empowers 16 #Electronics #Technicians @SamsungSA

Hi Guys, 

In the electronics repair industry, a field where 99% of employees are men, Samsung Electronics South Africa has begun making inroads into these numbers with its Samsung Women Technical Programme. The first 16 graduates of what will be an ongoing programme have recently begun working at Samsung’s various service centres.

The Samsung Women Technical Programme is an initiative which started in November 2015, when 20 female students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds were chosen from a group of some 200 at the Samsung Engineering Academy in Ekurhuleni. These young women had already undergone training on Samsung’s various products and appliances and were then selected for the first ever training programme specifically for hand held devices.

“They were trained on how to repair various mobile device models, how to conduct updates to software, as well as the different aspects around fixing hardware. The idea was to turn these young women into qualified cell phone technicians,” says Samsung’s Director: SSA Service, Richard Chetty.
Women Technical Programme Empowers 16 #Electronics #Technicians @SamsungSA
“The 16 young ladies who graduated from this course are certified to work on Samsung cell phones and they have been placed at a number of our service centres, where they will undergo a year of practical work in order to gain necessary and valuable experience. Following a final assessment, they will be certified as technicians, which will open up a meaningful career path to them.”

Chetty adds that while similar training programmes have been established in the industry, there is also a tendency for the hosting company’s responsibility to end when the trainees start their careers. However, he indicates that Samsung believes in focusing on things for the longer term, which is why the organisation will remain closely involved in the future development and occupational paths of these graduates. 

“Most importantly, these young ladies are merely the trailblazers of what we hope will become a flood of young female technical learners in South Africa. We are planning to have three intakes every year for women, although each intake will cover a different product focus area,” he explains.

“For example, a course focusing on larger appliances will require the learners to have a valid driver’s licence. In this way, they will not only learn how to service the appliances, but will be trained and certified as in-home technicians.” 

Chetty states that Samsung is considering the bigger picture with courses of this nature. They are designed to develop skills and create jobs and will even include training in aspects of entrepreneurship, so that future graduates have the opportunity to set up small businesses of their own.

“As a leader in South Africa, Samsung is committed to our responsibility toward our community and our goal of positively impacting on people’s lives. Our Samsung Women Technical Programme proves that job creation, skills development and women empowerment can be achieved. We want to encourage other corporate organisations to contribute to the economy and job creation by getting involved in similar schemes. Samsung is leading the way and we hope others will follow,” concludes Chetty.

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

@SavannaCider Unleashes The Future of #SA #Comedy @ComicsChoice #SavannaCCA

Hi Guys, 

Savanna Premium Cider has set the scene for the discovery of the next big name in South African comedy with the announcement of the five nominees for the 2016 Savanna Newcomer Award.

This year’s finalists, Snooze Kambuwa, Farhan Esat, Ebenhaezer Dibakwane, Phil de Lange and Thabo “Summary” Kgaphola all have the apples to take on the comedy scene after strutting their stuff at the Savanna Newcomer Showcase, held at the Soweto Theatre in May. The Savanna Newcomer Award will be announced in September at the 6th Annual South African Comics’ Choice Awards®.
“Comedy in South Africa is a growing industry and Savanna understands what it takes to make it in the industry from the brand’s involvement with comedians for the past 20 years. Savanna certainly has the apples to help discover new talent and give them a leg up onto the big stage to launch their careers in comedy,” says Tania Kotze, Savanna SA Marketing Manager. 

A platform for new and undiscovered talent, the annual Savanna Newcomer Showcase helps newbie comics gain exposure amongst new and larger audiences as a kick-start to their comedy careers. Previous Savanna Newcomers who have become giants of South African comedy include Deep Fried Man in 2011, Dillan Oliphant in 2012, Schalk Bezuidenhout in 2013, Loyiso Madinga in 2014 and Yaaseen Barnes in 2015.
Thabo “Summary” Kgaphola #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
Thabo “Summary” Kgaphola
This year’s Savanna Newcomer nominees represent new, diverse stand-up acts. Thabo “Summary” Kgaphola is ready to take his act as class clown from the University of Johannesburg to stages around the country. He is also a nominee for the Savanna Audience Choice Comic Award, the only award open to public votes at this year’s South African Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards®.
Farhan Esat #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
Farhan Esat
Another Johannesburg nominee, Farhan Esat, was a semi-finalist at last year’s Swiss Montreux International Comedy Competition and is a co-host of the weekly GAS Comedy Show on CliffCentral. 
Ebenhaezer Dibakwane #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
Ebenhaezer Dibakwane
Apart from stand-up comedy, Ebenhaezer Dibakwane, also based in Johannesburg, is a sketch actor and writer, with TV-appearances on SABC2’s Bantu Hour and ANN7 sports show, Game On. 
 Snooze Kambuwa #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
 Snooze Kambuwa
Malawian born nominee Snooze Kambuwa, performed at Africa’s first Comedy Central International Comedy Festival last year, another Savanna sponsored event.
Phil de Lange #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
Phil de Lange
Cape Town nominee, Phil de Lange, cracks jokes while playing the ukulele on stages across the Mother City including the Savanna-aligned Cape Town Comedy Club.

The winner of the Savanna Newcomer Award will be announced at the 6th Annual South African Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards® on 3 September 2016 at the Teatro at Montecasino in Johannesburg. Voting for the Savanna Audience Choice Comic Award can be done via SMS to 37303 using the unique code available at www.comicschoice.com. SMS costs R1.50 per message and is limited up to 20 votes per mobile number.

For the latest updates on Savanna comedy action, visit savannacider.com/events or facebook.com/savannacider and follow @SavannaCider on Twitter, instagram.com/savannacider and YouTube.

More about the 6th Annual South African Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards®: 
For the love of laughter - The 6th Annual South African Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards® will be held at the Teatro at Montecasino in Johannesburg on 3 September 2016. The show, directed by well-known comedian and TV director, Rob van Vuuren, promises to be a hilarious variety show comprising sketches, stand-up, impressionists, celebrity performances and witty one liners delivered by SA’s top comedians.

The 10 award categories are:

The Savanna Newcomer Comic
The Intermediate Comic
The Comics’ Pen Award
The Comic of the Year
The Lifetime Achiever Award
The Flying Solo Comic Award
The Non-English Comic Award
Best Friend of Comedy
The Breakthrough Award (new)
The Savanna Audience Choice Comic (only category open to public vote)

For more information or tickets to the awards, visit www.comicschoice.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/sa.comics.choice.awards, Twitter: @ComicsChoice #SavannaCCA

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How #Training Has Been Affected By #Technology? @MioGlobalSA #TrainWithHeart

Hi Guys, 

Athletes everywhere are taking notice – training smarter is all about detailed tracking. To cater to these performance driven athletes and fitness enthusiasts, Mio Global introduced the Mio Fuse, an accurate heart rate monitor watch and activity fitness tracker that improves your performance and health. 

Long gone are the days when you trained for the sake of training and didn’t know if your body had properly recovered from a workout. That’s why all Mio performance wearables – from heart rate monitors to activity trackers – are designed to perform at the highest levels of accuracy. Whether it’s your first 5K or your 10th triathlon, Mio delivers the real-time data you need to get in the zone, enhance your training efficiency, and track down your fitness goals.
Mio Fuse #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra #TrainWithHeart
Training has been positively affected by technology on different aspects of physical activity and potential future applications. The Mio Fuse allows you to track steps, pace, distance and calories to provide a complete assessment of your daily effort. It also provides EKG-accurate heart rate data, with no chest strap required and connects to your iPhone and Android fitness apps. 

The Mio Fuse allows you to train with the right intensity level and help prevent injury caused by overtraining and improper pacing. The benefits of a heart rate monitor device is that it provides a real-time, dynamic representation of your body’s response to exercise. Therefore, training within your target heart rate zones can help to improve the efficiency of your workouts.

What makes Mio Global different from other brands offering heart rate monitor devices, is that it has introduced Personal Activity Intelligence called PAI. The PAI App is a metric which finally makes sense of heart rate data for the average consumer. The PAI App makes activity tracking simple, just keep your score above 100 to enjoy optimal health. Your score is based on a rolling 7-day window of activity, which allows people to fit their exercise into their schedule and meet their goals. 
Mio Fuse PAI App #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
By maintaining a PAI score above 100, it has been scientifically proven to help you maximize your longevity and reduce the risk of lifestyle-related diseases. The algorithms used in the PAI app are based on the largest health study ever conducted, using 20 years of activity data from 60,000+ people. 

“Mio Global offers performance wearables designed to obtain the best performance and activity results that lead to a stronger and healthier you. Everyone’s body responds differently to exercise and we are proud to be part of the journey to a healthy and balanced lifestyle for the ordinary consumer,” says Jason Theunissen, Brand Custodian for Mio Global South Africa.

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@Vodacom Brings An Array of #Smartphones in #July #VBDFamily

Hi Guys, 

Earlier this month Vodacom launched a new premium range of smartphones extending the range of branded devices on offer. With the launch of the Vodacom Smart platinum 7 and Vodacom Smart ultra 7 Vodacom now offers devices, not only in the entry-level smartphone and tablet category, but also in the premium mobile class as well. In addition to the high-quality premium smartphones, Vodacom also unveiled a new range of mid-to-lower entry level smartphones in order to give customers more choice. These include the Smart prime 7 (entry level LTE) powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 200-series processor, the Smart Mini 7 (mid-tier 3G), the Smart Kicka 2 and the Vodacom Smart tab 2 3G. 

Below is a summary of the new device offers as well as other ranges of smartphones available at Vodacom for the month of July. 
Vodafone Smart platinum 7 LTE Smartphone #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
Vodafone Smart platinum 7 LTE Smartphone
o Available to Vodacom customers in store and online from mid-July 
o The device is available on a Smart S plan for R399PMx24 months plus an additional 10GB of data once off, with an RSP of R8 509
o Colours: Black 
o Other Value adds: Customers that purchase the Vodafone Smart platinum 7 will get a Smart VR in box, plus free screen insurance as well as a free 1 year Office 365 (Office 365 features 60 free Skype minutes, 1TB cloud storage per user, one license for three devices, worth up to R1299). The Vodafone Smart platinum 7 has a Qualcomm snapdragon chipset.

Vodacom Smart ultra 7 LTE Smartphone 
o Available to Vodacom customers in store and online 
o The device is available on a range of packages including the uChoose Flexi 110 for R199PMx24 months plus an additional 10GB of data once off, with an RSP of R3 539
o Colours: Dark Grey
o Other Value adds: Customers that purchase the Vodacom Smart ultra 7 will get free screen insurance as well as a free 1 year Office 365 (Office 365 features 60 free Skype minutes, 1TB cloud storage per user, one license for three devices, worth up to R1299).

Vodacom Smart prime 7 LTE Smartphone 
o Available to Vodacom customers in store and online 
o The device is available on a uChoose Flexi 110 for R129PMx24 months plus an additional 5GB of data once off, with an RSP of R1 799
o Colours: Black 
o Other Value adds: Customers that purchase the Vodacom Smart prime 7 will get free 1 year Office 365 (Office 365 features 60 free Skype minutes, 1TB cloud storage per user, one license for three devices, worth up to R1299). The Vodacom Smart prime 7 has a Qualcomm snapdragon chipset.
Vodacom Smart Tab 2 3G #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
Vodacom Smart Tab 2 3G
o Available to Vodacom customers in store and online 
o The tablet is available on a 500MB Data price plan for R79PMx24 months with an RSP of R999
o Colours: Black 
o Other Value adds: Customers that purchase the Vodacom Smart Tab 2 3G from 07 July- 09 August will a Free 1 year Office 365 (Office 365 features 60 free Skype minutes, 1TB cloud storage per user, one license for three devices, worth up to R1299)

Vodacom Smart Kicka 2
o Available to Vodacom customers in store and online
o The device is available on a uChoose Flexi 55 for R59PMx24 months plus an additional 5GB data once-off with an RSP of R499
o Colours: Black 
o Other Value adds: Customers that purchase the Vodacom Smart Kicka 2 on prepaid will get R300 back in airtime* Valid for 7 days 

Vodacom Smart mini 7
o Available to Vodacom customers in store and online 
o The device is available on a uChoose Flexi 55 for R69PMx24 months plus an additional 5GB of data once off, with an RSP of R889
o Colours: Black 
o Other Value adds: Customers that purchase the Vodacom Smart mini 7 on prepaid will get R300 back in airtime* Valid for 7 days

LG K10 (Exclusive to Vodacom)
o Available to Vodacom customers in store and online 
o The device is available on a uChoose Flexi 110 for R199PMx24 months plus an additional 5GB data once off, with an RSP of R3 739
o Colours: Black Blue
o Other Value adds: Customers that purchase the LG K10 will get a free Smart Cover valued at R399

Sony Xperia X
o Available to Vodacom customers in store and online 
o The device is available on a Smart S plan for R499PMx24 months plus an additional 10GB data once off, with an RSP of R11 689
o Colours: Graphite Black, White and Lime Gold (Lime Gold colour is exclusive to Vodacom)
o Other Value adds: Customers that purchase the Sony Xperia X will get a fast charger valued at R699

Sony Xperia XA
o Available to Vodacom customers in store and online 
o The device is available on a uChoose Flexi 200 for R299PMx24 months plus an additional 5GB data once off, with an RSP of R6 089
o Colours: Graphite Black, White and Lime Gold

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#DisneyAfrica’s First Long-Form #TVSeries Production #SouthAfrica #DisneyCookabout @SABC2

Hi Guys, 

Disney Cookabout is a brand new weekly comedic adventure game-show that uses food preparation, cooking and outdoor exploration to showcase local ingredients and a fun-filled approach to healthy eating. This is the first collaboration between The Walt Disney Company Africa and SABC of a long-form series in South Africa. The show premieres on SABC2, Friday 05 August 2016 at 15:30.

Produced by Penguin Films, Disney Cookabout’s 26 episodes feature some of the best of South Africa’s locally-farmed, wholesome produce, giving a fascinating insight into the food children are used to seeing only in supermarkets and on their dinner plates. The show is fronted by home-grown talent including hosts Kirsten Mohamed (‘Chef Kirsten’) and her side-kick ‘Sous Chef’ Mthunzi Ntoyi who travel across the Western Cape with a dynamic group of young ‘cooktestants’, all in search of the freshest ingredients. 
Presenters Mthunzi Nyoti, Kirsten Mohamed #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
Disney Cookabout is presented by Mthunzi Nyoti and Kirsten Mohamed -  Photo by Anita Reed Photography. © Disney Enterprises 2016. All Rights Reserved.
Each week, the cooktestants will battle it out to take home the Silver Spoon, and eventually the Golden Trophy, as they carry out challenges at various locations. With supplies in hand, they will attempt to create the tastiest dish in the magical Cookabout Kitchen where anything can happen, from doors and drawers sliding open and appliances responding to secret voice commands. The hilarious Mickey Mouse animated shorts will also be added into the mix, creating an entertaining comedic interlude for viewers whilst the cooktestants’ creations are cooking.

Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa comments: “Disney Cookabout is inspired by The Walt Disney Company’s long-standing global commitment to inspire healthy living through imaginative and entertaining family content. We hope that viewers will not only enjoy the show but also be encouraged to acquire new skills to create their own nutritious, fresh meals from the abundance of wonderful ingredients South Africa has to offer.” 
#DisneyCookabout #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra An image from the first episode of Disney Cookabout featuring a visit to Farmer Angus’ Farm in Stellenbosch
An image from the first episode of Disney Cookabout featuring a visit to Farmer Angus’ Farm in Stellenbosch -  Photo by Anita Reed Photography. © Disney Enterprises 2016. All Rights Reserved.
Since 2006, Disney has been committed to helping families make healthier choices, using its stories and characters to make healthy living simple and fun. Since then, Disney has been looking at the different ways it can support families to live more healthily. This includes introducing robust nutritional guidelines for food and drinks as well as their advertising and offering content that positively focuses on healthier lifestyles such as the Disney Healthy Living Website (www.disneyhealthyliving.co.za), Aim High on Disney XD (2011 – 2014) and Disney Cookabout. 

Jacqui Hlongwane, Programme Manager for SABC 2 comments: “We are thrilled to be bringing Disney Cookabout, Disney’s first long-form series local production to our screens this August, taking South African children on a fascinating and entertaining adventure across our beautiful country. SABC2’s new channel pillars include Health and Education. Disney Cookabout directly speaks to our content strategy and we hope that this show will encourage young people to adopt a healthy life style from an early age. SABC2 is excited about its collaboration with Disney and is happy to be able to bring such an exciting, high-end, quality programme to one of the most important but sometimes overlooked audiences, our children. 

A dash of exploration added to a large cup of humour, sprinkled with brain-tingling facts and stirred with tasty recipes, Disney Cookabout is served every Friday at 15:30 on SABC 2 from August 5th. Fans can visit www.disneycookabout.co.za from August 1st and share in the excitement on www.facebook.com/DisneyinAfrica and #DisneyCookabout.

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#Johannesburg Prepare Your #Palates for the ‘Fresh’ @GoodFoodSA #GFWS2016 @TicketproDome

Hi Guys, 

It is next stop Johannesburg for the revitalised Good Food & Wine Show which will be bringing a menu bursting with delicious offerings and innovative experiences to the Ticketpro Dome from Friday, 29 to Sunday, 31 July 2016. 

“Our aim this year, with revamping the Show’s look and feel, is to provide a more interactive, informative and entertaining offering packed with a profusion of immersive experiences to enjoy and trends to uncover,” says Maria Chieppa, Managing Director of Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa – new owners of the show. “We struck gold with this recipe in Cape Town and will be dishing up more of the same at the Johannesburg show.” 
#Johannesburg Prepare Your #Palates for the ‘Fresh’ @GoodFoodSA #GFWS2016 @TicketproDome
Curator Hannerie Visser, has designed a show that allows visitors to explore and enjoy the latest trends in lifestyle and design, and experience a number of unique sensory experiences associated with good food and wine. What’s more, the Show, in its new format, is a platform at the disposal of the industry. “It’s a space to connect, share and to enjoy one of the best things in the world – food,” says Visser. 

Come see for yourself why some were calling the Cape Town edition the ‘GREAT Food & Wine Show’ with highlights such as a Sensorium capturing the scents of Cape Town from Kalk Bay’s fish and chips to Cape Malay masala, the Wine Wall enabling wine lovers to see and smell some of the best South African and international wines and a pop up cinema giving visitors a comfy space in which to take a breather and watch their favourite foodie movies.

The best part for many show goers is the free entry into all but one of the eight themed theatres, enabling more opportunities to interact with local and international chefs the likes of George Calombaris, Siba Mtongana, Sarah Graham, Jenny Morris, Neill Anthony and J’Something. Joining them at the Johannesburg show will be Australian chef, restauranteur, author and judge on The Great Australian Bake Off, Matt Moran as well as private chef, Neill Anthony.

On his upcoming Johannesburg Good Food & Wine Show experience Calombaris says: “I had such a great time in Cape Town, I am really looking forward to sharing recipes from my new cookbook GREEK and meeting and mingling with MasterChef fans in Johannesburg. It’s been a few years since between visits there so looking forward to it!”

The introduction of eight exciting focus areas to explore ensures that there is something to cater to every palate. These include Wellness; Lifestyle; Wine; Beer & Alcohol; Market & Street Food; Kids; Baking and Gourmet. Under each, audiences get to interact with exhibitors, find out about the latest food trends and take part in entertaining and informative hands-on experiences.
#Johannesburg Prepare Your #Palates for the ‘Fresh’ @GoodFoodSA #GFWS2016 @TicketproDome #TheLifesWay
After wowing Cape Town crowds, it’s now Johannesburg’s turn to get a taste of the ‘Fresh’, new Good Food & Wine Show. Tickets will be available from TicketPro and at the door at the following prices:

· Early Bird Special: R126 (10% discount until 26 July. Ticket for one entrance only, valid for either Friday, Saturday or Sunday.)
· Adult: R 140 (valid for one entry only on any of the days)
· Senior Citizens over 65 years: R100 (Free on Friday - valid with proof of ID card)
· Student: R100 (Valid only with proof of student card)
· Age 13 - 18: R50 
· Age 0-12: Free
· Weekend Pass: R190 incudes entry on Saturday and Sunday only and excludes wine glass and tasting 
· Wine Combo Ticket: R170 (Includes general admission entry, wine tasting glass and wine tastings valued at R30 on wine tasting card – each wine tasting from R5) 
· Wine Glass & Tastings: R50 (Includes tasting glass and wine tastings valued at R30 on wine tasting card – each wine tasting from R5) For additional tastings, recharge the card at the wine glass sales desk.
· Chefs Table: 90 – 120 minute session with a chef, maximum 40 people per session, includes Q&A, photos and tastings of food demonstrated and book signing (excludes book)
o Chefs Table for George Calombaris and Matt Moran is R800 per person 
o Chefs Table for Jenny Morris, Siba Mtongana and Sarah Graham is R300 per person

For more information about the Show, please visit www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za and follow Facebook, Twitter and InstagramThe Good Food & Wine Show is brought to you in association with SABC3.

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Get Ready For #SlipperDay2016 @ReachForADream #Stickers @Wimpy_SA @PicknPay

Hi Guys, 

To launch Slipper Day, its biggest annual fundraising day, Reach For A Dream, together with partners Wimpy and Pick n Pay, hosted a launch event at Wimpy in Mall of Africa on 29th June 2016.
Reach For A Dream children smile for a photo with representative from the organisation
Reach For A Dream children smile for a photo with representative from the organisation
A fun-filled morning with breakfast, an enchanted castle and dragon cake, and clowns kept Reach For A Dream children entertained, while members of the media and celebrities such as DJ Sbu, Mark Pilgrim, Natalie du Toit and Ashley Hayden showed their support by attending and participating in the event. 
Wimpy’s Molla Bonnet cuts the cake with Reach For A Dream chairman and CEO
Wimpy's Molla Bonnet cuts the cake with Reach For A Dream chairman and CEO
On a serious note, Dr Cecil Levy spoke about the importance of granting hope to young patients with life-threatening illnesses, and guests were addressed and inspired by chairman of the foundation, Mervyn Serebro, and South African gold-medallist swimmer, Natalie du Toit. 
 Reach For A Dream’s chairman, Mervyn Serebro, looking ‘cool' in his slippers
Reach For A Dream’s chairman, Mervyn Serebro, looking ‘cool' in his slippers 
The highlight of the the morning was listening to young Reach For A Dream survivor, known affectionately as Yoyo, share her story and perform three songs to express her journey. Through Slipper Day, which takes place on August 5th, the foundation aims to sell 650,000 stickers and raise almost double the funds from last year, which will substantially increase the number of dreams and projects that can be fulfilled in the near future.
Mark Pilgrim with Natalie du Toit and CEO of Reach For A Dream, Julia Sotirianakos
Mark Pilgrim with Natalie du Toit and CEO of Reach For A Dream, Julia Sotirianakos
Stickers can be purchased directly from Reach For A Dream branches nationally, and from Wimpy and Pick n Pay stores nationwide. So have some fun with your feet and help Reach For A Dream make more dreams come true! 
Yoyo shares her story and expresses her journey through an emotive performance.
Yoyo shares her story and expresses her journey through an emotive performance
And remember to visit Wimpy on August 5th (wearing your sticker and slippers) for a free cup of coffee. #SlipperDay2016
Dr Cecil Levy speaks about his involvement with the foundation and how granting dreams gives hope to young patients
Dr Cecil Levy speaks about his involvement with the foundation and how granting dreams gives hope to young patients
This is one charity that we should all encourage our family and colleagues to support. Even with every Pick n Pay purchase if we buy some #ReachForADream stickers we can make this goal achievable and bring about a dream in the lives of those who sincerely would love to have one dream amidst all life threatening illnesses they are facing. Looking forward to all your support for +reachforadream 

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

‘India’s Finest Films’ 16th July Onwards Every #Saturday 10 PM @ZeeClassic #Movies

Hi Guys,

Three hours of entertainment. Some songs, dance, action and comedy. Sounds familiar?

Bollywood movies have always been the most popular mode of entertainment in India. We are all familiar with the on-screen running around the trees, high-octane action sequences, twins separated at birth reuniting decades later with a sprinkle of romance and lots of mirch masala. We leave the theatres after watching these movies wanting our lives to be a perfect film story with a happy ending. Each and every movie lingers with us for the some days as we leave the theatre and some of them have something unique which brings us back to them again and again or simply said, they are timeless pieces of art. 

Sometimes we want to experience something historical, contemporary, something more deep rooted and intense. This is when we wish to watch movies which leave a greater impact on the society as they entertain leaving an impactful message that concerns all of us living together in a society. Some of these movies actually change our mindsets while some fill us up with emotional turmoil and some others, give our life a new direction. Indian Cinema, over the years, has beautifully transformed and re-invented itself. From socially relevant topics of child marriage, dowry, female feticide, re-marriage to a simple love story, film-makers have done it all.
With its proposition of ‘Woh Zamaana, Kare Deewana’, Zee Classic is India's only Hindi movie channel that endeavors to recreate the magic of iconic classic and new age cinema by showcasing not just the films that shaped Indian cinema, but also acquaint viewers with the creative talent who were a part of that timeless era. Zee Classic boasts of an outstanding library of Indian cinematic classics and it has recently associated with National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC). Starting 16th July, every Saturday at 10 PM, Zee Classic will premiere ‘India’s Finest Films’, a distinguished property showcasing masterpieces like ‘Mirch Masala’, ‘Ek Doctor ki Maut’, ’27 Down’ and ‘Salaam Bombay’ amongst many other such gems from the NFDC library. These movies mark the debut of icons like Irrfan Khan, Pankaj Kapur, Naseeruddin Shah and many more. This festival has already kickstarted with ‘Salaam Bombay!’ directed by Mira Nair on Saturday, 16th July at 10 PM.
A little bit of information about the movies which deserves the status to be said as India's Finest -

Gandhi 
The name says it all! 
Gandhi (1982) was produced and directed by Richard Attenborough and written by John Briley. Starring Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Roshan Seth and Martin Sheen, it is one of the most iconic films of all times. 

Gandhi is the highest Oscar winning film of all time – claiming eight awards from 11 nominations, including Best Film – although it almost never got made! The late director Richard Attenborough revealed in of his interviews "It took me 20 years to get the money to get that movie made. I remember my pitch to 20th Century Fox. The guy said: 'Dickie, it's sweet of you to come here. You're obviously obsessed. But who will be interested in a little brown man wrapped in a sheet carrying a beanpole?' I would have loved to have met that guy after the Oscars!” 

Attenborough knew that he would be telling one of the 20th-century's most remarkable stories, that of the Indian lawyer who returned from racially segregated South Africa to drive the British out of his home country through successive acts of non-violent protest.

Mirch Masala 
For some Ketan Mehta will always remain the man who made Mirch Masala. An attention grabbing film, it rotates around the gender divide in the society. It is the story of Sonabai (Smita Patil) and her struggle to protect her sanctity from the evil Subedar (Naseeruddin Shah) and a village full of sexist men. The dusty and dried surroundings of Kutch shown in the movie probably are an illustration for the values of a male and class-dominated Indian culture. 

Amongst other things Mirch Masala has gone down in history as one of Smita Patil's finest performances with Forbes including her performance in the film on its list, ‘25 Greatest Acting Performances of Indian Cinema’. 


Ardh Satya 
Ardh Satya is directed by the very talented Govind Nihalani. The film is based on a short story by D.A. Panvalkar and the script is written by Vijay Tendulkar. It has Om Puri, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and Sadashiv Amarpurkar in lead roles. It is the story of Anant Welankar, son of a retired constable in Maharashtra Police, who is forced to let go of his dream of pursuing an MBA and join the Police force. 

After Aakrosh, Ardh Satya is the second film made by Govind Nihalani. It is brutally honest in the depiction of the trials, tribulations, character and conflicts of its protagonist. In times when everything and everyone has a price, it is a hard hitting journey of an honest man… a part of which remains back to haunt you long after the credits have rolled.

Mammo 
Mammo (1994), a film by Shyam Benegal, is the first film in the series of Muslim trilogy including Sardari Begum (1996) and Zubeidaa (2001). 

The film portrays the flinching truths frequently confronted by the powerless, post-partition. It reminds of the emotional torture of being torn far from one's roots over and over; in spite of one turning a blind eye or making a noise for change in the circumstances which they have no control over. It makes one appreciate something which is frequently is taken for granted until it is lost or gone for good. The character of Mammo (Farida Jalal), abandons her family and home behind for love and moves to Pakistan. They live in peaceful co-existence until her husband leaves Mammo defenseless and desolate. 

Even though the motion picture is named after Mammo, the film tells two stories, one of Mammo, obviously, and other of youthful Riyaaz…His life and companions, his trysts with cigarettes, adult films, his shame that he is not as affluent as his companions, him trying to find himself, his bothering on seeing a stranger trying to be a part of his family and his ambition of turning into an author in the future. 

This movie is also the recipient of National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance by Farida Jalal and National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress by Surekha Sikri.

Pestonjee
Pestonjee is a film directed by Vijaya Mehta, starring Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi in lead roles. The film is an intimate look into the life and mannerisms of the Parsi community especially those living in the city of Bombay (now Mumbai) in the 1950s and 60s. 

‘Life is for living, not for complaining.’ says the cover to ‘Pestonjee’. Phirohshah aka Phiroj (Naseeruddin Shah) and Pestonjee aka Pesi (Anupam Kher) are the best of friends. They are almost like twins. There is no life without one another and they also hope to get married at the same time. But destiny has something else stored for them.

Massey Sahib
Massey Sahib is a 1985 film directed by Pradip Krishen, featuring Raghuvir Yadav in the main role. It was Pradip Krishen's first film, and was based on a novel Mister Johnson written by Joyce Cary in 1939. The film also has stars like Arundhati Roy, who was yet to pen down her first novel and win the Man Booker Prize, alongside Barry John and Veerendra Saxena.

This story revolves around a man who is stuck in the crossfire where British Frontier principles smothered Indian freedom and colonializes it. This is a story told from an Indian perspective. Francis Massey (Raghuvir Yadav) works as a secretary for a British government officer in central India. Francis tries to out-do his employer in an attempt to be more British than him. He dresses British and even has a church wedding. He is not the most productive or gifted specialist, and his supervisor, the Commissioner Charles Adam (Barry John), regularly mediates on his benefit. But, Massey's unexpected fate is entirely past the Commissioner's mediation.

Even though Raghuvir Yadav has never won a National Award…he did win two International Awards for the Best Actor for Massey Sahib, FIPRESCI Critic's Award, Venice Film Festival, 1986 and the Best Actor Silver Peacock, IIFI, 1987.



Qissa 
All of us have grown up with different kinds of stories that were narrated to us. Some of them will be overlooked while some will be lost with the passage of time. But, the story of Qissa is timeless. Irrfan Khan as Umber Singh, Tisca Chopra as Mehar, Tilotama Shome as Kanwar Singh, Rasika Dugal as Neeli are the main protagonists of the movie. 

Anup Singh's Qissa is a powerful, haunting, superbly crafted film about the complexities of character and sexuality. Does personality stem from a society or nation you were conceived in, your sex, sexuality or just the environment you were brought up in and situations that formed you? The film packs these profound inquiries into a simple story.

The Good Road
The Good Road is a 2013 Indian drama film written and directed by Gyan Correa. The film won the trophy for Best Gujarati film at the 60th National Film Awards. Also, it was the first Gujarati film ever chosen to represent India at the Oscars. The motion picture is described in a hyperlink arrangement, where a few stories are interwoven, with the focal point of the story being an expressway in the country terrains of Gujarat close to a town in Kutch.

A family on a holiday lose their child… A truck driver's last rid… A young lady in search of hope… This is an adventurous journey, across a national highway, and into the heart of a concealed India, where demonstrations of extraordinary sympathy are shown to outsiders.

Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan
Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastan (ADKAD), a film dear to Saeed Akhtar Mirza's heart, was a masterpiece of the parallel silver screen development that was a tribute to Indian producers. The motion picture revolves around the internal clashes of a person born and brought in a city, who battles to comprehend the significance of his life and those encompassing him, including family and companions. It stars Shreeram Lagoo, Rohini Hattangadi, Satish Shah, Suresh Oberoi (in a cameo), Om Puri and Dilip Dhawan.

Arvind Desai (Dilip Dhawan) is a single child of a rich specialist (Shriram Lagoo) who deals in extravagant luxury handcrafted products. His has conflicting emotions for his dad. While he detests his commanding nature, he respects his aura, power and sharp mind. He has long examinations on workmanship and governmental issues with a Marxist companion (Om Puri). Much against his desires, his marriage is orchestrated to a young lady from a high-class family who has quite recently returned from Paris.

It's a film about the trans-generational exchange of qualities and the repercussions of the prevalent legacy influencing the value system in the future.

Each and every film in this collection is unique and worthy of your time too. To acquaint the youth of India with parallel cinema and enhance their movie-viewing experience, Zee Classic has also curated an hour long special feature called ‘India’s Finest Films – A Parallel Journey’. It includes views of stalwarts of Indian cinema like Shyam Benegal, Mahesh Bhatt, Saeed Mirza, Kundan Shah, Rohini Hattangadi amongst others. It is available on the Zee Classic YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDRbplMpfOI ). Audiences can also catch it on television as a prelude to ‘India's Finest Films’. Excerpts of this feature along with additional exclusive interviews will be showcased during the telecast of movies on Zee Classic. 

~Watch ‘India’s Finest Films’ every Saturday at 10 PM only on Zee Classic~

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Friday, 15 July 2016

Artist Profile - ORLANDO JONES @TheOrlandoJones "Stand Up and Laugh" #SouthAfrica

Hi Guys,

Orlando Jones is coming to South Africa with his new Stand-up comedy show on 22 and 23 July 2016, Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace, Johannesburg named "Stand Up and Laugh". Here is a brief about the artist -

From his unforgettable role in the classic football film, The Replacements, to the hugely successful Drumline, to performing in the Broadway revival of The Wiz, Orlando Jones’ versatility is well documented. Orlando has created memorable characters while working with some of Hollywood’s most successful directors.

Jones’ career began working behind the scenes as a writer on NBC’s A Different World and Fox’s Martin. He then worked alongside top Hollywood heavy-weights to launch FX network into 18 million homes. Orlando later combined his writing and acting talents when he was handpicked by Quincy Jones to join Fox’s sketch comedy franchise, MadTV.
Artist Profile - ORLANDO JONES @TheOrlandoJones "Stand Up and Laugh" #SouthAfrica
Orlando Jones
The LA Stage Alliance nominated Orlando for an Ovation Award for his performance alongside Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett in the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Fences.

On the big screen, Orlando has featured in films such as Magnolia, Bedazzled, Say it isn’t so, Double Take, Evolution and the 2016 release, Devil and the deep blue sea, alongside Jason Sudekis and Jessica Biel

He has also starred in various roles on our TV screens including Sleepy Hollow, Rules of Engagement and the lead in Evidence.

Amongst his many talents, Jones was also the producer and writer for the 2009 award winning documentary, The Music Lesson, which won Best North American Documentary at the Women’s International Film Festival.

Follow Orlando Jones on these Social Media channels:
Twitter - @TheOrlandoJones
Instagram – theorlandojones
Snapchat – theorlandojones

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