The Life's Way - A Lifestyle and Technology Blog By Aashish Rai 

Monday, 16 September 2019

@MonitorAudio Gold Series - Artistry in Craftsmanship @Homemation #Audio #LoudSpeakers

Hi Friends, 

Homemation, are the proud distributors of Monitor Audio in South Africa, a leading-edge loudspeaker brand since 1972, renowned for exemplary speaker cabinet construction and finishes.

Monitor Audio recently launched their New Gold Loudspeaker Series. They have melded the finest materials and decades of loudspeaker know-how to lovingly create their new Gold series of loudspeakers. Rich in both tone and build quality, the speakers have been carefully crafted to last a lifetime.

Every detail of the design has been refined to create an exquisite range of loudspeakers that bring a sense of luxury to any room. Painstakingly assembled by Monitor Audio’s team of craftsmen, each Gold speaker is beautifully finished to ensure that their combination of premium audio technology and class-leading build quality delivers a compelling hi-fi and home cinema listening experience.
@MonitorAudio Gold - Artistry in Craftsmanship @Homemation #Audio #LoudSpeakers
The rounded vertical edges of the cabinets combined with the sharp profile of the horizontal lines give a classic and timeless appearance. A soft touch panel on the top of the speakers (stand mount and floor standing) adds a further sophisticated appeal to the Gold series. With a choice of ultra-smooth premium finishes (dark walnut or ebony real wood veneer and piano gloss black or satin white), the loudspeakers exude a graceful style wherever they are positioned.

For the first time, Gold features the technology used in Monitor Audio’s flagship Platinum II loudspeakers. The Platinum II drivers have been especially re-developed and honed for Gold and they are secured inside the well-damped cabinets using Monitor Audio’s renowned single bolt mechanism to give a clean appearance.

With their stunning looks, premium feel and high-end sound, the Gold series offers fulfillment for the senses. Their performance is articulate, clear, smooth and easy on the ear. Everything that one would expect from a Monitor Audio speaker.

Priced from R29 990. 
@MonitorAudio Gold - Artistry in Craftsmanship @Homemation #Audio #LoudSpeakers
About Monitor Audio
Monitor Audio Ltd is a British owned and managed global specialist in hi-fi loudspeaker design. For over 40 years they’ve been incorporating stereo and surround sound systems and a range of sonically matched architectural speakers for ultra-discreet high-quality sound around the home and outside.

Their success is not simply a matter of excellent sound quality, although expert listeners around the world will testify to that. It's more about how they deliver the sonic superlatives. By consistently refining and applying their technologies, Monitor Audio has become the world's foremost expert in developing metal dome drivers. Metal is not the easiest material to shape, which is why many competitors choose paper or plastic. But it does have amazing properties for more life-like sound reproduction when treated correctly.
@MonitorAudio Gold - Artistry in Craftsmanship @Homemation #Audio #LoudSpeakers
Monitor Audio continues to demonstrate the power of high quality, high-performance loudspeaker brand that serves every application, taste, and budget - and every possible desire.

Homemation is the exclusive suppliers of Monitor Audio high-performance speakers locally. 

Homemation is a specialist supplier of premium branded audiovisual, home automation and home theatre products. The brands in their stable offer some of the most advanced and sought-after home automation, AV and sound technology in the world. Homemation has the exclusive distribution, in Africa, of global leading brands such as Control4, Definitive Technology, Denon, Heos, Klipsch, Monitor Audio, Polk Audio, Steinway Lyngdorf, Stewart Filmscreen, SVS, and Lutron.
@MonitorAudio Gold - Artistry in Craftsmanship @Homemation #Audio #LoudSpeakers
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Sunday, 15 September 2019

#AfricaCom #AFest2019 Turns Up The Heat @MafikizoloSA @DJZinhle @EarlyB_Music

Hi Friends, 

AfricaCom 2019 gets off to a cracking start with the 4th hopping AFest powered by UMG Live, on Tuesday 12th November 2019 at the Shimmy Beach Club. AFest 2019, AfricaCom’s official and premier networking party, will feature three of Africa’s hottest acts - Mafikizolo, Early B and DJ Zinhle - who will share the sounds of Afro-pop, rap beats, hip-hop and house music with accredited delegates who attend the highly anticipated gig on the opening night of the world’s largest Africa-focused technology and telecommunications event.

Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza are the dynamic duo that make up Mafikizolo. The multi-award winning group have been entertaining fans for over two decades with their unique fusion of Afro-pop, kwaito, marabi and kwela and an occasional sidebar of blues and a little swing, that has global appeal. As well known for their stage costumes and fashion as much as their feet tapping, body swaying music, Mafikizolo will bring a touch of music glamour to AFest this year – note to self, this event is the ideal place to look good!
#AfricaCom #AFest2019 Turns Up The Heat @MafikizoloSA @DJZinhle @EarlyB_Music
Ghoema award-winning Port Elizabeth-based rapper, Early B, is well versed in telling musical stories with his witty sense of humour and heartfelt social commentary, that is at once infectious, encouraging and jumping. Early B’s lyrics combined with his particular flavour of hip-hop beats make him a sought after performer at local and international festivals. 

Spinning the decks and really getting the party going, is the gorgeous and superbly talented, DJ Zinhle. Hailing from KZN in South Africa, DJ Zinhle has become one of the most celebrated female house DJs in the country.
Trained as a TV presenter, she fell in love with mixing music thanks to her brother Zak, who owned a sound equipment rental company. This power-play has achieved much in the decade or so since her musical discovery, including producing a woman empowerment television show – ‘It takes a Village’ – co-authoring a best-selling book ‘Meeting Your Power’ and becoming the new judge on SABC 1's talent search show, 1's and 2's where she worked alongside Ayanda MVP and Prince Kaybee. Catch her live at AFest Powered by UMG Live.
#AfricaCom #AFest2019 Turns Up The Heat @MafikizoloSA @DJZinhle @EarlyB_Music
Corporate hospitality gets 5-star treatment
AfricaCom is the most influential tech and telecoms event on the continent, making it the best place to meet the people driving Africa’s digital evolution and do good business. As a premier networking event, AFest Powered by UMG Live provides the industry elite with a ready-made hassle free opportunity to meet new like-minded individuals, start conversations that set the scene for the event days ahead, enjoy fine wine and dining, and all while enjoying the stylish and sophisticated surroundings of one of Cape Town’s most happening locations. 

AFest Powered by UMG Live has excellent sponsorship and hospitality opportunities for forward thinking brands who understand the influence of urbane client entertainment. These include a VIP Experience on a luxurious VIP deck; hosting clients at a selection of private areas that could even include a private whisky tasting or, booking a VIP Lounge with seating for up to 10 guests, with views of the stage and private beach. There are plenty of stylish options from which to choose.
#AfricaCom #AFest2019 Turns Up The Heat @MafikizoloSA @DJZinhle @EarlyB_Music
How to access AFest Powered by UMG Live:
Being such a popular event, security will be tight. Organiser ask would-be party goers to please take note of the following: Delegate passes at AfricaCom include access to AFest. If not attending as a delegate, then AFesters will need to register for AfricaCom as a free visitor and then purchase a ticket at a cost of $40. 

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Building a Sustainable Africa at #AfricaCom 2019 @ICAfrica50 @Connects_Africa #A50ichallenge

Hi Friends, 

AfricaCom is synonymous with the coming together of great minds, the generation of new ideas and the showcasing of innovation. This year, AfricaCom goes one step further to ensuring the progression of the African continent towards a digital democracy with the support of a number of causes that will focus on providing the space, skills and access to the Internet to make it all possible.

AfricaCom’s chosen sustainability partners include Code for Cape Town, Mellon Educate, and Africa50, via the Africa50 Innovation Challenge.

Tom Cuthell, Event Director at Informa, organisers of AfricaCom, expressed his pleasure at being able to provide a platform for these three deserving initiatives: “AfricaCom is delighted to be able to partner with these initiatives, a first for us as an event. Each organisation addresses a particular technological and communication need and by bringing them together in one place, we are hoping that delegates and visitors, will visibly connect just how important it is that we all work together to ensure digital inclusivity becomes a reality for everyone on the continent.”
Building a Sustainable Africa at #AfricaCom 2019 @ICAfrica50 @Connects_Africa #A50ichallenge
Code for Cape Town (Code4CT) - will have a prime position at AfricaTech, which is co-located with AfricaCom - is a community of young female tech leaders who are advocates for encouraging more women to enter the technology industry, and who place coding at the heart of their skills development outreaches. Diversity is needed in the technology space, with currently, only one in five women represented as global IT executives. 

Of the opportunity to participate at AfricaCom 2019, Emma Dicks, Founder of Codespace the social enterprise that powers the multi-award winning Code4CT, said: "Code for Cape Town addresses the lack of diversity in the tech industry by creating a space for high school girls to learn to code and explore potential career paths in the tech industry. Ultimately, our goal is for young women to choose to include coding as part of their tertiary education. 

Building a Sustainable Africa at #AfricaCom 2019 @ICAfrica50 @Connects_Africa #A50ichallenge“An event such as AfricaCom, is a fantastic opportunity for our community of young coders to see the scope of opportunity offered in the tech industry and connect with future employers. At the same time, our young coders can pass on their love of coding to delegates at the event. We are hoping to be able to engage with companies who share our mission to create a more diverse and inclusive tech industry." 

Don’t book your seat home just yet…stay and help build a school
Skills development is one thing but, what about the practical spaces to come together for education? Niall Mellon and his organisations are no strangers to Africa, having built many homes for people over the years, but through Mellon Educate UK, corporate teams are encouraged to get involved in a seven day school Building Blitz. Team building at its best - a sign-up for the next November Building Blitz challenge, which will take place immediately after AfricaCom this year, will be open at AfricaCom for all delegates/enterprises and their colleagues, to participate in, learning new skills, developing radical insights into the living and schooling conditions of ordinary Africans and even making new friends, in the process.

Niall Mellon – Founder of Mellon Educate explains why they are involved this year: “On behalf of Mellon Educate, we welcome our valued partnership with AfricaCom and look forward to each and every one of you helping change the lives of many less fortunate than us. I’ve always wondered why somebody didn’t do something and then I realised I am somebody and with the power of the collective we can achieve anything.

“As Nelson Mandela once said – “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world,” and with the support of AfricaCom you have that opportunity to do just that by joining our Building Blitz ! Thank you AfricaCom for getting behind Mellon Educate ! 

Two schools in the Mfuleni Township, Cape Town, will benefit this year, thanks to the generosity of all involved.
Building a Sustainable Africa at #AfricaCom 2019 @ICAfrica50 @Connects_Africa #A50ichallenge
Have what it takes to get Africa connected?
Skills development and education hubs need access to the Internet to make the dream of an inclusive and economically thriving Africa a reality, and this is where the third initiative that AfricaCom will profile in 2019, comes in - The Africa50 innovation Challenge.

This is pan-Africa investment platform Africa50’s exciting crowdsourced initiative seeking ICT experts, engineers and innovators to help them find a sustainable solution to Africa’s most pressing infrastructure needs. Over 75% of Africans still do not have access to the Internet and Africa50 is hoping that AfricaCom can provide it with access to the brains trust required to help them ensure that affordable and reliable last mile connectivity can be rolled out to all under-served communities across the continent. 

Individuals and organisations with a strong passion for developing innovative solutions are encouraged to apply. Submitted solutions to the Challenge will be reviewed by a group of experts in ICT, investment, and international development. Finalists will be invited to present their solutions at AfricaCom in November 2019 in Cape Town.

The winning solutions will receive cash prizes and/or will be considered for project development funding. Projects will be rolled-out in Rwanda as the pilot country, with the objective to scale them up to other countries in Africa.

With the recent signing of Africa’s intra-continental free trade agreement, the time is ripe for more than just conversations around inclusivity, it’s a time for action, and with the showcasing of the above three initiatives, AfricaCom hopes to be the catalyst for true and sustainable system change. All delegates and visitors are therefore encouraged to visit each of the above and make it their business to know more, and even, sign-up to be a changemaker.

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Have Your Submitted Your Entries for #AfricaCom Awards 2019? @Connects_Africa #ConnectingAfrica

Hi Friends, 

A little magic will take place at the AfricaCom Awards this year, with the return of old favorites and the addition of several new categories, all exemplifying Africa’s digital progression. Entries are now open for organizations to submit their best work conducted or implemented over the past 12-months. The deadline for entries is 4th October 2019. No late submissions will be accepted.

The annual celebration not only recognizes the achievements of the best organizations, solutions, products, and people in the telecommunications and technology sector, but it is also an ideal opportunity for networking – not to mention, being the perfect occasion to kick back and relax. 

This year, over 450 guests will be treated to a 3-course feast, along with plenty of live entertainment, under the theme of an ‘enchanted forest’, all in the safe hands of former Springbok rugby great, Bryan Habana who will emcee the evening. 

PCCW Global, who supported the event in 2018, confirmed their involvement for 2019, saying: “PCCW Global is delighted to sponsor the AfricaCom Awards which recognize the sterling works performed by companies and personalities that are developing solutions and products to improve connectivity that will drive Africa into the fourth industrial revolution. Good luck to all who enter.“

For a seat at the table, here are the categories for 2019 – a detailed description of each, can be seen here:
  • Connecting the Continent Award (new)
  • Delivering Excellence in Customer Service
  • "Everything as a Service" - Best Cloud or Application Solution (new)
  • Changing Lives Award
  • Best Digital Entertainment Innovation
  • Security Product or Service of the Year (new)
  • Best Network Management Software (new)
  • Best Connected Consumer Device (new)
  • Best Innovation for Enterprise (new)
  • Most Innovative Service "The Business of Tomorrow"
  • Government Leadership Award (new).
In addition to the above, prestigious accolades will also be bestowed on the 'CXO of the Year' and 'Enterprise CXO of the Year' Awards’, both of which awards are voted for by the industry.
Have Your Submitted Your Entries for #AfricaCom Awards 2019? @Connects_Africa #ConnectingAfrica
The CXO of the Year will be an Africa-based telecom, ICT and enterprise leader, who is prioritizing telecoms innovation, embracing disruptive technology and elevating the continent’s digital economy. In 2018 this Award was presented to Abdikarim Mohamed Eid, CEO of Telesom.

The Enterprise CXO of the Year Award celebrates an enterprise leader who excels at prioritizing telecoms innovation, embracing disruptive tech and elevating the continent's digital economy. In 2018 this prestigious accolade went to Priya Thakoor, Chief Digital Officer for Coca-Cola South Africa.

To get a head start, here are some tips for submission:
  1. Choose wisely – Focus on what you are most proud of and choose the category that best represents your submission.
  2. Time & Preparation – Set aside enough time to plan and prepare. Standards are extremely high and judges can spot last thoughts. 
  3. Ask questions – If you have any queries about what to include or how to use the online entry system, or contact the Awards organisers. 
  4. Make it appeal – Make your submission a compelling read to stand out from the rest.
  5. Prove it – Fact or fiction? Expert judges will be looking for evidence for any assertions of success
  6. Fit the criteria – Ensure you read the guidelines and judging criteria carefully and then answer all the questions, in full. 
  7. Include Endorsements – Independent feedback, especially from clients or industry participants, can be very persuasive.
  8. Supporting materials – Check the category requirements and If you have something relevant, include it. 
  9. Proofread – You may have great content, but ensure that your entry is well written and doesn’t contain mistakes. 
  10. Review – Make sure you have included all the supporting information required by your entry and get an independent party to review.
The 2019 edition of the AfricaCom Awards is sponsored by PCCW Global and Intelsat who also support the Changing Lives Award. The event will take place in Cape Town at The Lookout, in Cape Town’s famous Waterfront on Wednesday 13th November 2019, followed by the legendary after-party. Delegate Registration: Visitors please register for AfricaCom 2019 here

About AfricaCom 2019
AfricaCom is part of the Connecting Africa series of events that expose delegates, the media and the savvy, to the latest advancements and opportunities in technology and the digital ecosystem. Taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 12 -14 November 2019, AfricaCom is now in its 22nd year. AfricaCom is Africa’s largest technology, media and telecommunications conference & exhibition. The conference program covers the most strategic issues affecting companies in Africa’s digital market - services, efficiency, profitability, customer experience, partnerships, policy and more – and features several co-located events: AfricaTech, 5G Africa, Video Exchange Africa, The AI Summit Cape Town and IoT World Africa and more.

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Are You Registered for #AfricaCom 2019? 12-14 Nov #ConnectingAfrica #Tech #Telecoms

Hi Friends, 

Africa’s largest and most influential telecoms and technology event, AfricaCom, has opened visitor registrations for AfricaCom 2019. Taking place in Cape Town, South Africa between 12- 14 November, this year’s conference and exhibition will also introduce AfricaTech. As the telecommunications and technology sectors have grown and with it, the convergence of the ICT industry, so has the need for dedicated space and content focused on enterprise digital transformation, which AfricaTech addresses. 

AfricaTech is the part of AfricaCom dedicated to IT and enterprise digital transformation. Designed to help attendees successfully navigate their digital transformation journeys, AfricaTech will take over the whole of CTICC 2 and include an exhibition area split into dedicated technology zones, as well as play host to tech-focused tracks and features including AI Africa, Fintech, IoT Africa and new for 2019, Data Centres Africa.

AfricaCom, in CTICC 1, remains the home of connectivity and communications, featuring the biggest ICT exhibition on the continent and industry-defining conference tracks such as 5G Africa, Wholesale Telecoms Africa, Video Exchange Africa, Connecting Africa and more.

The 2019 edition of this global event is expected to attract 15 000 attendees, 450 speakers, and an impressive 500 exhibitors. In addition to the significant amount of expert free content on offer for visitors, AfricaCom and AfricaTech will present a series of premium content, targeted exposure to industry verticals, as well as, an all-access pass for paying delegates, which also includes entrance to the AfricaCom’s very own music festival, the AFest.
Are You Registered for #AfricaCom 2019? #Tech #Telecoms #ConnectingAfrica
AfricaCom headliners will return in 2019 and are once again completely free to attend. Speakers already confirmed include the likes of; the Hon. Mohamed Rahman Swaray, the newly appointed Minister of Information and Communications for the Republic of Sierra Leonne; Ahmad Ahmad, President at Confederation of African Football (CAF), Calvo Mawelo CEO at MultiChoice Group and Isabel Dos Santos, Chair at Unitel.

Tom Cuthell, Event Director at Informa, organizers of AfricaCom and AfricaTech, is enthusiastic about the possibilities for this year’s visitors and delegates, confirming that plans are well underway for a show-stopping event: “AfricaCom has grown significantly in the past few years. With that, we have seen a correlating expansion in the type of organization that exhibits and attends, especially as the telecoms and ICT industries converge. 

“We have therefore geared AfricaCom 2019 towards this nexus and believe that we will offer unparalleled content, networking and business opportunities for everyone attending this year. It is an interesting time to be in telecoms and technology and we look forward once again to providing the platform to facilitate Africa’s digital growth.” 

Other show favorites due to return are the AHUB, Leaders In Africa Summit and of course, the AfricaCom Awards that recognize the sterling efforts and innovation organizations and individuals are doing to realize Africa’s full digital potential. 

As always, AfricaCom presents a compelling proposition for those in both the telecommunications industry and the technology sector. More than just an event where knowledge is transferred and insightful discussions that shape our future take place, AfricaCom also represents significant business opportunities for participants. There have been many exceptional deals introduced and concluded as a result of the superior networking opportunities the event facilitates. 2019 will be no different.

For over 20 years, there has been no better place to meet everybody who’s anybody in African connectivity and communications, than at AfricaCom. AfricaTech will ensure that the same now applies to enterprise digital transformation.

Registration: Visitors please register for AfricaCom 2019 here

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Thursday, 12 September 2019

A Memoir - This Month Last Year - Sep 2018 #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra #1800thPost

Hi Friends, 

September is the start of the Spring season in Johannesburg, South Africa and it's the best season with pleasant weather and greenery all around. It's my 1800th post which I always wanted to cross since a long time and finally, it's happening today on 12th Sep 2019. 2019 has been a wonderful year so far and I am totally in love with myself and in 2018 - I had too much to work with those brands which didn't give me anything back for all my hard work and efforts. This year my decision to do only those brands which values me back is going ok, no so good as I wanted but I am happy with this decision as I continue to hold the same. 

1. The Importance of Hygiene for your Mobile Device with #Whoosh! @Gammatek - -  I have been using the product since it's launch and the way this thing cleans your phone is amazing. All the marks and dust just gets wiped off and the phone is again in mint condition literally. 

2. Get Ready for SA’s First AI Four Camera Smartphone @HuaweiZA #HuaweiMate20lite - - I won this phone at the Huawei P30 launch event and my wife started using the same but soon she didn't like the camera that much as compared to mine P20 so switched the same for mines. I gave this phone to my daughter who was struggling with my old HTC One M7 which was my 3rd HTC smartphone since Google G1. A cheap smartphone will remain cheap unless you are using the top version of the available model and I don't like using value for money smartphones. These smartphones are not my cup of tea. 
A Memoir - This Month Last Year - Sep 2018 #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra #1800thPost
Aashish Rai with Reyansh at Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden, Johannesburg, South Africa
3. @Gammatek Puts Fun back into Collecting with Funko! #ComicConAfrica #rAgeExpo2018 - - Funko toys are gaining the ground just like fidget spinner was available with each and every kid on the planet two years back. Even companies were giving Funko Pops away as a part of launch events, online contests and everywhere you go, you will find Funko stalls. I have got 2 Funko pops and 2 Funko keyrings with me in my collection. 

4. Off The Shelf And On Trend @SamsungSA #QLEDTV #2018QLEDtv - - I love my old 2015 Samsung UHD TV since today so thinking of how great will be the QLED TV is beyond my imagination. I have not seen the actuals as I have stopped going to the electronics retail stores as I am going towards minimalism. Thanks to Samsung for bringing the latest tech to the market all the time. 

5. @CanonRSA Revolutionises The Future of Photography and Filmmaking #EOSR #Liveforthestory - - Canon launched their revolutionary product EOS R camera and I heard the new one is also in the making and soon will be launched to the world. I have not used this camera ever but I do love my Canon 77D camera and share all my shots with the world on my Instagram channels. 

I have been a little bit lazy in posting on my social media channels but now I have decided that I will do what I love most and passionate about. Whatever anyone else has to say can say and I won't be bothered by anyone? They were not there during my struggles and wins, how can they tell me what to do when I never asked for their opinions and judgments. 

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@MSCcruisesSA Adds Second Ship to #SouthAfrica 2020/2021 Cruise Season #MSCMusica #MSCOpera

Hi Friends, 

MSC Cruises – the number one cruise line in South Africa, Europe, South America, and the Gulf – has announced that the Company will be bringing two ships to South Africa’s shores for the 2020/2021 cruise season. This will mark the first time that two different class MSC Cruises’ ships (Lirica and Musica Class) will be deployed in the country simultaneously and will mean that 50,000 additional cruise passengers can discover why cruising in South Africa is booming.

From December 2020 to March 2021 MSC Opera, which will be homeported in Cape Town, will join MSC Musica homeported in Durban.

“Our decision to increase the number of ships for the South African cruise season in 2020/2021 is due to the significant growth in demand we have seen in our guest numbers over the past few years,” explains Ross Volk, MD for MSC Cruises South Africa. “Our most recent season saw a 25% increase in guests compared to the same period in 2017/2018. MSC Cruises has been bringing bigger and better ships to this country and enriching our itineraries as more South Africans are realizing that a cruise is an affordable, convenient and exciting holiday option.”
@MSCcruisesSA Adds Second Ship to #SouthAfrica 2020/2021 Cruise Season #MSCMusica #MSCOpera
An exciting new Southern African itinerary for cruisers
MSC Opera, which can host approximately 2,500 guests and completely refurbished in 2014 as part of the Company’s Renaissance Programme, will offer 22 cruises next season alongside MSC Musica. MSC Musica can cater to approximately 3,200 guests and will offer 40 cruises. The ships will alternate routes, providing South African cruisers with a wider choice of options to suit their holiday needs. This means that both Cape Town and Durban ports of embarkation will get to experience the leading cruise line’s elegant and diverse product offering and enjoy more cruise destinations and packages than ever before.

One highlight of the 2020/2021 cruise itinerary is MSC Cruises’ 14-day New Year cruise around Southern Africa. The cruise will depart from Durban on 26 December and will incorporate destinations including Portuguese Island; Nosy Be, Madagascar; followed by Port Victoria, Seychelles; and then Port Louis in Mauritius, returning to Durban on 9 January. What makes this cruise particularly special is that it will be the first time that Port Victoria has been included in the cruise offering from Durban outside of MSC Cruises’ Grand Voyage.

Guests wishing to experience the delights of an MSC Cruises holiday in the 2019/2020 season can book onto MSC Orchestra, who will make her maiden voyage to South Africa in November, offering three-, four- and five-night sailings around the South African coastline until April 2020.

Highlights of these itineraries include Pomene Bay in Mozambique – a marine safari experience complete with its own beach club – Portuguese Island, and Maputo.
@MSCcruisesSA Adds Second Ship to #SouthAfrica 2020/2021 Cruise Season #MSCMusica #MSCOpera
Cruises as popular holiday ‘destinations’
Cruises are increasingly becoming an appealing holiday choice for South Africans as they offer an all-inclusive vacation – all food, accommodation, and most activities are included in the cruise fare. The diversity of the offering also appeals to tourists; local cruises can last from anywhere between three to 14 nights, including a variety of destinations, and cater for all types of holidaymakers and people of all ages.
@MSCcruisesSA Adds Second Ship to #SouthAfrica 2020/2021 Cruise Season #MSCMusica #MSCOpera
Continued investment in Africa’s tourism industry
MSC Cruises’ plan to bring two ships to South Africa in 2020 is part of the company’s commitment to investing in African tourism. This investment has included infrastructure development in Mozambique – a popular cruising destination for South Africans – and continued collaboration with the Namibian government, as Walvis Bay, is one of the ports that MSC Cruises sails to. There are also knock-on benefits for the tourist industries in the destinations that MSC Cruises sails to, which have been enhanced by increased passenger volumes.

MSC Cruises’ commitment to improving South Africa’s tourist infrastructure has been particularly noteworthy in its development of the Durban port terminal over the past few years. The most significant of these is its investment of over R200 million in the construction of the new world-class Durban Cruise Terminal as part of the KwaZulu Cruise Terminal Consortium (KTC).

“This multi-user terminal will make Durban an even more desirable destination for cruise ships from all over the world,” explains Volk. “It will substantially boost tourism numbers, create thousands of jobs and lead to supplier development. The construction of this state-of-the-art terminal is an exciting project that MSC Cruises is proud to be a part of. All the partners in the initiative will shortly sign off the final design of the terminal and groundbreaking is scheduled to begin in November this year. The design phase took a little longer than we anticipated, but it was vital that we got this right as we want the Durban Cruise Terminal to be an iconic destination. We hope the new port will be operational by January 2021.”
@MSCcruisesSA Adds Second Ship to #SouthAfrica 2020/2021 Cruise Season #MSCMusica #MSCOpera
Angelo Capurro, Global Executive Director at MSC Cruises, says, “South Africa is an important market for MSC Cruises and reflects our broader growing investment in cruising globally. We have committed to launching 13 next-generation ships between 2017 and 2027, which will bring our fleet total to 25 and see our passenger capacity more than triple. Our total investment in these ships amounts to approximately R200 billion.”
  • MSC Opera will sail from homeport Cape Town from December 2020 to March 2021.
  • MSC Musica will sail from homeport Durban from November 2020 to April 2021.
For more information on MSC Cruises, visit

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Celebrate with @Lorns_Maseko #CelebrateWithLornaMaseko @DeliciousFestSA @Timesquareza

Hi Friends, 

September brings in Lorna Maseko’s much-anticipated cookbook "Celebrate with Lorna" Not only that but you'll be happy to know that the international celebrity Chef Lorna Maseko will be part of the Fire & Feast Festival, Appetite Festival, and the DStv Delicious Festival. It is indeed foodie festival season and they are all back with with a bang and ready to tickle your taste buds because Lorna is taking the experiences to new heights. 

In Celebrate with Lorna Maseko, the former professional ballet dancer and well-known TV personality shares her food journey in a love letter to you. She takes you to the township of Alexandra and tells where her love for food came from. She remembers how she enjoyed a burger and chips when she participated in the Prix De Lausanne ballet competition; how she fell in love with Asian food when she visited Hong Kong; how she participated in MasterChef South Africa and made one of her mom’s favorite chicken dishes; the role Chef Carlos Gayton played in her love for fish and Mexican food; how traditional dishes can be recreated using a bit of imagination; how she learned to prepare the perfect steak in chef’s school; how traveling exposed her to international food cultures ...

Lorna will not only be involved in these festivals as an exclusive but she'll also be cooking recipes from her much-anticipated cookbook which will also be available on sale for the very first time at each of these festivals at a reduced price, to make the news sweeter, Celebrate is currently available for pre-order on and on shelves from the end of September just in time for a beautiful festive gift or plated meals for your guests.
Celebrate with @Lorns_Maseko #CelebrateWithLornaMaseko @DeliciousFestSA @Timesquareza
These three foodie extravaganza festivals promise to be even bigger than the previous fiestas. From the 6th to the 8th of September we had the third annual Fire & Feast Meat & Food Festival which was held at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, providing that local isn’t only lekker, but truly world-class tips, tricks, and tools of the trade that you need to serve up your food in style.

Along with that, we have the Appetite Festival which has added an extra day to give visitors more time to explore and treat their taste buds, this spectacular event will be taking place at the Sun Arena, Time Square Casino from the 13th of September to the 15th of September where a wide range of exhibitors will showcase a wide variety of artisan food producers, premium drink brands and award-winning wineries, offering a bounty of the country’s finest foods and drinks to test-taste and purchase.

Last but definitely not the least, this year, the team at DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival have outdone themselves by adding even more flavor and a world-class line-up to celebrate the Heritage Weekend at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit on the 21st and 22nd of September, with the Ambassador Luxury Suite hosted by our lovely Chef Lorna Maseko.

Be sure not to miss out on these gastronomical experiences and spectacular entertainment as we Celebrate with Lorna. All Tickets are available at Computicket.

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Goodbye #Winter Blues, Hello Even Tone @Shield_ZA #ShieldReady #Spring

Hi Friends, 

Following a cold three months, warmer days are upon us again and there’s no better way to step out this Spring and continue moving with confidence than with the new Shield Even Tone – goodbye dark marks, hello even tone.

Now that Spring is here, South Africans can proudly show off their underarms, and say goodbye to dark underarm marks in just 7 days! New Shield Even Tone has been specially formulated with Vitamin B3 and moisturizing ingredients which through continuous use, work together to reduce the appearance of dark underarm marks in just 7-days while still providing 48-hour protection.

Vitamin B3 Complex works with the skin to reduce the dark marks from deep within the skin, while the moisturizing ingredients such as sunflower seed oil and glycerin serve to nourish the skin, reducing dark marks and uneven tone.
Goodbye #Winter Blues, Hello Even Tone @Shield_ZA #ShieldReady #Spring
“Working alongside our Research and Development team, we at Shield are passionate about creating products that are tailored to our consumers’ needs and allow them to step into each day trusting that our product will provide them with ultimate protection throughout the day. The Shield Even Tone innovation is one we are particularly excited about because it’s a product that truly answers our customers’ needs and helps them to be more confident in showing their underarms,” says Gareth Marshall, brand manager for Shield South Africa.

Put new Shield Even Tone to the test this spring and welcome the new season feeling and looking your best #ShieldReady.

The Shield range includes a full spectrum of aerosols and roll-ons tailored to meet the various needs and preferences of male and female consumers. The range is available at all major retailers:

• Shield Even Tone roll-on (RSP R18,99)
• Shield Even Tone aerosol (RSP R24,99)

For more information about Shield Even Tone and other product ranges, visit join the conversation on social media, follow Shield on Instagram (@Shieldza), Facebook (@ShieldZA) and Twitter (@Shield_ZA).

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Monday, 9 September 2019

#TheLifesWayReviews - The Spy @NetflixSA Mini-TV Series #Thriller #TrueEvents #TheSpy

Hi Friends, 

Netflix launched The Spy on 6th Sep 2019 based on the actual story of Israel's Eli Cohen who went to Syria during 1960 turmoils and passed on the sensitive military information from the country where he knew no one. It's a 6 episode series which showcases Eli's personal and espionage journey in a country unknown to him. The character is played by Sacha Baron Cohen and what a performance in this thriller drama from Netflix once again. He really came out on the top in all kinds of scenes from comedy to action. He really showed Eli's struggle inside his heart and mind and courage to do something great for his country.

I binged the series and completed the same in a single sitting and the tv series totally kept me on the edge of my seats. Though the end will be known to the world as Eli got caught in his last trip and was publically hanged in Syria. Since today his remains are not yet returned to Israel despite several efforts by his family, wife, and government.
#TheLifesWayReviews - The Spy @NetflixSA Mini-TV Series #Thriller #RealLife #TheSpy
The Spy is written and directed by Gideon Raff and Max Perry. Sacha himself produced the series with Raff. The mini-tv series gives an insight into the life of Mossad Spy who ventured into a country and sacrificed his life for the same. The series shows how he made contacts with the biggest military chiefs, political leaders, influencers to make inroads into getting information for his country. He really climbed up the ladder from a normal clerk to a rich influential businessman Kamel and stayed focused on his goal to send information back home. He was not only street smart but the best in his trade until he got caught. Israel treats him as a great hero because they won several wars because of his provided information. 

This Netflix TV series will keep you glued to your mobile or TV screen with each episode around 47-62 min totaling 319 minutes of entertainment waiting for you this weekend. Nadia Eli's wife role is played by Hadar Ratzon-Rotem and Noah Emmerich as Dan Peleg who recruited him as a spy to go to Syria. It's a span of 4 years in 6 episodes but really inspirational as to what an agent does for his country.

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Luxuria Lifestyle’s Glitz & Glam #SpringInTheCity Event @bmwSouthAfrica Dealership #Midrand

Hi Friends, 

On Saturday, 7 September, leading Luxury Magazine, Luxuria Lifestyle South Africa hosted the first of its kind Spring In The City Event at the BMW Auto Bavaria Dealership in Midrand, which saw celebrities, media and influencers lined up to explore this auspicious event.

With 430 guests and 30 luxury showcases, Luxuria’s partner brands and guests enjoyed a superb evening of luxury, networking, forming new business alliances, creating new sales and marketing opportunities for both guests and brands. Also on the night, South Africa’s only commercial classical radio station, Classic FM broadcast live from the event and guests were served with the finest food and beverages, the brand’s clients, influencers, VIPs, celebrities.
Nicole Capper (CEO) and Kyle Clark (MD)
Nicole Capper (CEO) and Kyle Clark (MD) - Photo cred: Clint Austin Photography
The #SpringInTheCity goers were also treated to an eco-terra fashion showcase by South African born Yihan Brönn, a modern-classic, stylish but edgy, couture designer, that has a heartfelt passion for taking people out of the mundane, South African singer-songwriter and Winner of Season 13 Idols South Africa, Paxton Feilies, and Josh Ainsley star of upcoming Rock of Ages theatre production, while they also enjoyed a taste of luxury champagne, cognac, and delicious gourmet food - all in the name of leisure.
Paxton at #SpringInTheCity
Paxton at #SpringInTheCity - Photo cred: Clint Austin Photography
“We are excited to have hosted our first major showcase with BMW and the extent of support from our guests was immaculate,” said Nicole Capper Luxuria Lifestyle South Africa CEO. “South Africa has long followed global trends of marketing, especially in the Luxe sector. We want to redefine luxury in the African context with a strong emphasis on authenticity. This means combining local niche brands and international mega brands. It is a creative space of collaboration and inspiration. With all our events we aim to create an immersive experience; a breeding ground for business connections; and a targeted, elevated brand awareness for our valued partners,” Nicole added.

Luxuria Lifestyle is one of the world's leading digital magazine groups, with offices strategically positioned in 10 countries around the world. The magazine provides an all-encompassing guide to the affluent lifestyle, including informative and interesting articles on the world's most luxurious products and services, together with industry news, reviews, features, and exclusive business to consumer events for connoisseurs of luxury, corporate businesses and wealthy consumers from around the globe. 
Yihan Bronn at #SpringInTheCity
Yihan Bronn at #SpringInTheCity - Photo cred: Clint Austin Photography
“There is no time to rest in order to foot forward the luxury market in South Africa; we are the pioneers of luxury here, and we are bringing it to the forefront and making it relatable,” said Kyle Clark, Managing Director of Luxuria Lifestyle South Africa. “We are ready and in full swing for our next event, and it’s going to be absolutely epic. We have a very good standing with our partners and the amazing brands who are looking for getting on board as this one was an absolute success,” concluded Clark.

For more information, visit or follow @luxuriaza on social media.

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The World of #Robotics is Coming With A Bang @Vodacom @rAgeExpo #comeandplay #rAgeExpo2019

Hi Friends, 

Already one of Joburg’s biggest and most exciting interactive events showcasing the best in gaming, cosplay, geek culture, tech and esports, Vodacom rAge 2019 has added another first to its growing list of exciting attractions. For the first time, the World Robotic Olympia SA (WRO SA) will be setting up shop to host their top teams.

The World Robotic Olympiad (WRO) is a global event incorporating all things science, technology, education and robotics, which brings together young people from all over the world to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills through this challenging and educational robotics competition. The robotics bug has truly bitten SA in a big way, and since its inception in 2009, the WRO SA has grown from 30 teams to a staggering 800! This year, there have been 5 provincial events across the country, with the top 9 qualifying teams who win the finals across the different categories getting the awesome chance to compete at the WRO international in Hungary!

The exciting news for Vodacom rAge is that the finals of the provincial events will be taking place over the course of the weekend and the public is invited to come to watch as teams literally battle it out for glory as their robotic creations come to life. The global theme of WRO for 2019 is “Smart Cities”, and we can guarantee that some of the smartest and most mind-blowing robotics projects are going to be coming alive as the city watches!
The World of #Robotics is Coming With A Bang @Vodacom @rAgeExpo #comeandplay #rAgeExpo2019
Friday afternoon will see the WRO SA National Explorer Competition teams coming out with some of the most interesting creations the WRO has seen to date. This category is not part of the international finals but is rather a category that allows juniors to be a part of this technological phenomenon that is taking the world by storm. These teams are made up of outreach robotics learners who, with the help of WRO SA and the Department of Science and Technology, have the awesome opportunity to be involved and potentially move up the ranks into the International finals and one day take their creativity and skill to compete overseas. This category showcases age-appropriate challenges on tabletops in which teams design, build and program a LEGO Mindstorms robot to solve a solution.

Over the course of Saturday, the WRO SA National Competition finals will take place where teams will have to have all their robotic guns blazing to ensure that they take top honors in the advanced robotics categories. This is where the stakes are really high because winners over the categories have the chance to take their teams and all their tricks to the world final in Hungary. There is also a football round-robin where 10 teams of two robots play autonomous football against each other using an infra-red ball and seekers plus a compass sensor – a supercharged and adrenaline-fueled tournament to test the builders!

Sunday is the day for all corporate teams to show their robotics chops in the Corporate Inter-Company Challenge. Teams can win awesome prizes by programming a robot to solve various challenges on a competition table. Truly a fun and interactive experience for any corporate teams who might be interested in getting their coding on!

The entire event across the weekend will be open for spectators to support the teams and get a taste of what the world of robotics is all about. Depending on the challenge, spectators can watch from the bleachers and cheer their favorite teams to glory or will be able to engage with the teams, get up close and personal with finalists and get a good look at all the action as it’s happening.
The World of #Robotics is Coming With A Bang @Vodacom @rAgeExpo #comeandplay #rAgeExpo2019
“Being able to showcase the work that WRO SA is doing at an event like Vodacom rAge is extremely exciting for us,’ says Danie Heymans from WRO SA. “Our teams are made up of coders and programmers who are immersed in the world of robotics – a category with a massive overlap into the world of gaming. A lot of these contestants are going to become a pivotal part of the future of gaming in SA and for them to have exposure across this platform is phenomenal. We are also looking forward to getting the public involved in what we are doing to give them a taste of what the robotics landscape is all about.”

Vodacom rAge is going to be jam-packed with games to play, the latest gaming hardware to try out, esports, locally developed games, show specials, competitions, and giveaways, so what are you waiting for? Come #escapetoplanetrage #comeandplay. Seriously, it’s going to blow your mind.

Corporate teams who are interested in participating in the Corporate Challenge should contact Danie Heymans on 082 659 1404, or email

For more details check out and come along to Vodacom Planet rAge – You don’t want to miss this!

#rAgeExpo2019 #comeandplay #17yearsofawesome #agalaxyofgeek

When is Vodacom rAge 2019?
Friday 27 September – 10h00-18h00
Saturday 28 September – 09h00-18h00
Sunday 29 September – 09h00-16h00
Where is Vodacom rAge 2019?
The TicketPro Dome, Johannesburg
How do I buy tickets to Vodacom rAge 2019?
Tickets to Vodacom rAge 2019 are on sale via or at TicketPro outlets
Day Pass – R160 per person (ticket valid for entry for one day only)
Weekend Pass – R320 per person (ticket valid for entry for all three days)
Children under 6 are free
The following tickets are only available to purchase at the door:
Family Pass – R540 per family (ticket valid for one day for 2 adults + 2 children aged between 6 & 18)
Student Pass – R110 per person (ticket valid for Friday only upon presentation of valid student card)
How do I stay connected?
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Thursday, 5 September 2019

#TheLionKing Roars Past R106m at South African Box Office @DisneyLionKing #DisneyAfrica

Hi Friends, 

This past weekend (30 Aug-1 Sep 2019), after 7 weeks at the top of the South African Box Office and over 1.2 million attendances, Disney’s The Lion King passed R106 million, becoming the third film in history to do so.

With over R106m in local box office takings, the all-new film joins the R100m club that already features last year’s Black Panther and this year’s Avengers: Endgame, both from Marvel Studios. Together with 2018’s Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, Walt Disney Studios releases now account for the top 4 films of all time at the South African Box Office.

Directed by Jon Favreau, and Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way, Disney’s The Lion King boasts an all-star cast that includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon and South Africa’s own Dr. John Kani as Rafiki. Local music legend Lebo M features on the breath-taking soundtrack as does Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Tim Rice, and the cast.
#TheLionKing Roars Past R106m at South African Box Office @Disney #DisneyAfrica
“We are thrilled at the overwhelming response that South African audiences have shown The Lion King, a story grounded on the continent that celebrates so much of the creativity and beauty of what Africa has to offer,” says Christine Service, Senior Vice President of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “We are equally delighted that the stories from our studios, whether they be Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios or 20th Century Fox, continue to resonate with local audiences to this extent – we look forward to sharing more upcoming releases in 2019, including Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in October as well as Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this festive season.” 

This past weekend also saw the culmination of The Lion King Screening Programme whereby The Walt Disney Company Africa, in collaboration with Hyundai Santa Fe, FNB and Attacq Foundation saw up to 10 000 high school learners from under-served communities across the country experiencing the ground-breaking new film at Ster-Kinekor Theatres. Disney’s The Lion King is currently in cinemas.

Hashtag: #TheLionKing

About the Film:
Disney’s The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau, journeys to the African savannah where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy, and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

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Witness The End of IT: CHAPTER 2 - In #Cinemas 6 Sep19 #ITChapter2 @EmpireEntAfrica

Hi Friends, 

Sometimes what we wish was forgotten… 
What we tried to leave in the past… 
Won’t stay there. 
Sometimes, IT comes back for you. 
—Mike Hanlon

IT: CHAPTER TWO is a follow-up to 2017 critically acclaimed and massive worldwide box office hit “IT”. Both redefining and transcending the genre, “IT” became part of the cultural zeitgeist as well as the highest-grossing horror film of all time. 
Witness The End of IT: CHAPTER 2 - In #Cinemas 6 Sep19 #ITChapter2 @EmpireEntAfrica
Think the first film was terrifying? CHAPTER TWO starts there and quickly transports beyond that to an even DARKER, MORE VISCERAL, LONG-LASTING FEAR of the HORROR ICON, PENNYWISE and now 27 years later the adult Losers are forced to fulfill their promise to Come Home to Derry to face their deepest fears as the nightmarish reign of Pennywise begins again. This Fall, get ready to face your fears because no matter your age, you CANNOT run from IT.
Witness The End of IT: CHAPTER 2 - In #Cinemas 6 Sep19 #ITChapter2 @EmpireEntAfrica
DIRECTOR: Andy Muschietti (IT)
CAST: James McAvoy (“Split,” upcoming “Glass”) stars as Bill,
Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Mama”) as Beverly,
Bill Hader (HBO’s “Barry,” “The Skeleton Twins”) as Richie,
Isaiah Mustafa (TV’s “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”) as Mike,
Jay Ryan (TV’s “Mary Kills People”) as Ben,
James Ransone (HBO’s “The Wire”) as Eddie,
Bill Skarsgård returning in the seminal role of Pennywise. 

Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club in a return to where it all began with “IT Chapter Two,” the conclusion to the highest-grossing horror film of all time.
Witness The End of IT: CHAPTER 2 - In #Cinemas 6 Sep19 #ITChapter2 @EmpireEntAfrica
Twenty-seven years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise, he has returned to terrorize the town of Derry once more. Now, adults, the Losers have long since gone their separate ways. However, kids are disappearing again, so Mike, the only one of the group to remain in their hometown, calls the others home. Damaged by the experiences of their past, they must each conquer their deepest fears to destroy Pennywise once and for all...putting them directly in the path of the clown that has become deadlier than ever.

The film is Muschietti’s follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed and massive global box office hit “IT,” which grossed more than $700 million worldwide. Both redefining and transcending the genre, “IT” became part of the cultural zeitgeist.
Witness The End of IT: CHAPTER 2 - In #Cinemas 6 Sep19 #ITChapter2 @EmpireEntAfrica

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