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

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

#TheLifesWayGoals @Walkthetalk_ #MTN702WALK #Target25km 28Jul19 - Week 5/6/7 #HuaweiHealthSA

Hi Friends, 

It really requires a strong will power to continue and leave aside your regular tasks and lifestyle to carry on to some new goals in your life. I have been missing on my goal for which I was getting prepared and as I thought that I am going good, I relaxed my will power to focus on watching Netflix TV series and posting a lot of blog posts on my blog and other social media channels which I was not able to do when I was walking every alternate day as  per my schedule. Another idea hit me in Week 4 that I shall walk daily rather than stretching myself on Tue and Thu and Sat and do some regular walking to save on time and put regular effort daily. That is the worst idea as daily it's almost impossible for me to go out and with weather fluctuating in Johannesburg, South Africa my body is always looking for some reasons to not go out. 
#TheLifesWayGoals @Walkthetalk_ #MTN702WALK #Target25km 28Jul19 - Week 5/6/7 #HuaweiHealthSA
After 3 weeks of TV watching including all the cricket matches and Lucifer Season 1, Designated Survivor Season 3 and many other movies I can surely say that Entertainment and Fitness can't go hand in hand for me. I have to sacrifice one at the expense of others and now since the past 3 weeks, my body is not keeping well as compared to when I was walking regularly. I am again committing myself to the schedule and going to enhance my walking in a month left to the race day. Time flies and the race day will be much nearer than I thought as I wasted first 3 weeks of June in stuff which I wanted to do but was postponing so it's a win-lose situation but I am ok about it. 

I have been looking for my shoes and wanted to experiment with the PUMA ones I have but those seem to be unlucky shoes as I didn't walk in those more than 3.18km on 4th June 2019. I shall return to my old, dusty and torn shoes from New Balance as they are my heart and they love me and I love them. They are the only lucky ones which kept me on track for such a long time on anything. Let's start with them again and walk till the end in those only, who cares. It's a race for myself and my body and nobody else cares about that. I have this problem from the start of my life that I need to have all the resources ready for me to start something which is always a wrong strategy. You shall always start and resources come on the way! Let's try to change it and build towards a healthier future Aashish Rai Jain! Amen!

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#TheLifesWayGoals @HuaweiZA #MTN702WALK #Target25km 28Jul19 - Week 4 #HuaweiWatchGT

Hi Friends, 

Week 4 saw me down with cough and cold catching up with me and I was at the verge of falling sick and when I started my walk on 4th Tuesday, I could not go further than 3km and it took almost 40 min to complete the same too. 

Let's focus this post on Huawei Watch GT and what it brings on the table for me for this walk, some key points are explained as below - 
  1. Battery Life: Now I can forget that my watch is digital smartwatch as the battery life of Huawei Watch GT is huge. It can easily go for more than 1 weeks with my exercise regime but for most people, it will easily cross 2 weeks with a single charge.
  2. AMOLED Display: On Huawei Watch GT Active edition I have its 1.39 inch AMOLED 454 x 454 HD screen and it's super awesome to watch in direct sunlight too.
  3. Gestures: The AMOLED screen supports slide and touch gestures as the dial is fixed, unlike Samsung watch which needs 2 fingers to operate. 
  4. Charging: The watch gets charged fully in less than 2 hours on the Magnetic charging thimble which comes in the package. 
  5. Water and Dust Resistance: It's 5 ATM water-resistant and the whole casing is secured with only charging pins out in the open. The watch keeps sending notification as you put on the charging cradle that keeps these pins are dry and without any water. 
  6. Lovely Straps: The watch is easy to wear with its new design of straps which are comfortable on your wrist even when you wear them day in day out. I really loved my Orange Fluoroelastomer Strap which I wear while sleeping in the night too and only take out while taking a bath and when the watch is getting charged. 
  7. Watch Case: I have got the 46.5 mm case in Titanium Grey Stainless Steel which is made up of Metal, Plastic and Ceramic. Please don't go by the name of the look as the case is not Stainless Steel. 
  8. Buttons: Power button and Function Buttons are the only buttons other than the touch screen to do all the functions required. 
  9. No Auto Pause and Auto Start - Huawei Watch GT doesn't offer the auto start and pause when you stop during the workout which is the case with earlier Samsung Gear S2 watch I was using. In this, you have to manually do the same by just clicking a button on the top side. 
  10. No Floors Measurement: Despite having an altimeter, the Huawei Watch GT is not showing the floors walked in its software. This might come as a feature later in this watch. 
  11. No Music Player: Huawei Watch has no music player built into the same, hence it will remain a watch and can't control your music and you will have to carry your mobile always. 
  12. 786MB RAM: is very less and it can only take very less number of Watchfaces, unlike my earlier watch Gear S2 which has a 4GB memory to accommodate songs as well as apps and 100s of watch faces.  
So these were some of the things from the top of my mind about the Huawei Watch GT! My performance for the week remains good as I completed my first 15km in about 2-3 minutes less than the last race I participated last year in Pretoria for Spring Walk - 15kms. 
#TheLifesWayGoals @HuaweiZA #MTN702WALK #Target25km 28Jul19 - Week 4 #HuaweiWatchGT

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Friday, 21 June 2019

Gamers, Geeks and Fantasy Freaks – This Is Your Time To Shine! @RushCoZA #rushesports2019 #connected #vodacomfibre

Hi Friends, 

The annual Rush Esports event is quite literally upon us, and esports enthusiasts are gearing up, locking down and putting on their game faces for one of South Africa’s most thrilling events on the esports calendar. The multi-tournament, multi-platform celebration of all things competitive gaming will be exploding into life on 28, 29 and 30 June 2019, at the Sun Arena, Time Square, Pretoria.

It goes without saying that the variety of tournaments being hosted is enough to get you firing on all cylinders - FIFA 19, CS:GO, DOTA 2, StarCraft, Hearthstone, Fortnite and Tekken 7. But it’s the list of prizes up for grabs that are truly going to blow your mind. The prize pool for Rush, sponsored by Vodacom 4U and Samsung, includes cash prizes, product prizes, and overseas trips, totaling over R450,000.

The stakes have never been this high, the tournaments never this grand and the prizes never before this sensational!

“At Vodacom 4U, gaming and esports are one of the key strategic pillars that support our brand strategy,” Says Ulanova Visser, Marketing Director at Vodacom 4U. “Last year we were very excited for the opportunity to partner with Rush Esports South Africa and offer massive prizes for three gaming titles. The success of this partnership has led to us upping the ante for 2019 by doubling the number of gaming titles to six - as well as substantially increasing the overall prize purse that will be up for grabs to the competitors.
Gamers, Geeks and Fantasy Freaks – This Is Your Time To Shine! @RushCoZA #rushesports2019 #connected #vodacomfibre
“Because Vodacom’s Youth Franchise Channel is fluent in “gaming speak”, it’s only logical that Vodacom Fibre will be providing all the connectivity for the event to ensure that our gamers can enjoy serious uninterrupted gaming while competing during the weekend. Through Vodacom Fibre, we are able to offer our customers finance options to purchase gaming consoles and other products by simply adding on to their monthly contract commitment. We are also thrilled to be supporting a Fortnite Cosplay category competition at the event.”

Aside from competing, Rush offers the perfect opportunity for all ages and skill levels to get a taste of esports – even if they’re just watching. Big screens and live commentary will be giving visitors throw by throw rundowns of the tournaments, guaranteeing maximum audience thrills.

This year entrance tickets to Rush also include entrance into GeekFest - a complete weekend invasion of all things geek including Sumo Wrestling, a Dance Dance Revolution setup, Robowar competitions, a Gladiator Ring, cosplay and a LARP tournament.

To say this a jam-packed entertainment lineup is an understatement. Rush has pulled out every single stop, and then some, to ensure maximum gamer and geek immersion across the whole weekend.

Tickets to Rush are on sale now at Ticketpro and include full access to GeekFest. GeekFest tickets also include full access to Rush.

When is Rush? - 28, 29, 30 June 2019
Times: Friday 10am – 8pm | Saturday 10am – 8pm | Sunday 10am – 5pm
Where is Rush? - Sun Arena, Time Square, Pretoria
How do I buy tickets to Rush? - Tickets to Rush are on sale via
Day Pass: R120 (valid for one day only on any of the three days)
Weekend Pass: R300 (valid for all three days)
Player Pass: R250 (valid for all three days for players competing in tournaments)
How do I stay connected? - To stay up to date with all the Rush announcements and additional info, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or go

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Thursday, 20 June 2019

P(hone) In On Your Holiday @HuaweiZA #HuaweiP30Series #RewriteTheRules #MobilePhotography

Hi Friends, 

Our phones are an integral part of many aspects of our daily lives and we use them hundreds of times a day for communication, entertainment and information, both at work or school and at home. 

Our phones have become especially important for those family trips. From keeping the kids occupied on those long drives to avoid the irritating “Are we there yet?” Questions, to preserving invaluable holiday memories through photos and videos, phones are something we now simply can’t do without when on vacation. 

Going the distance 
As phone technologies have progressed over the years, so too have their features that enable us to make the most of our family getaways. One of these is our phones’ navigation tools, powered by a long-life battery. There is no longer a need to buy multiple map books for a holiday, or even bring along a separate GPS device to chart your route. These days, you simply use your phone’s GPS app. Of course, a battery life that goes the distance is imperative for this feature; no one wants to spend the start of their holiday going miles out of their way because their phone battery (and sole navigation tool) has died on them. 

For the tots 
We all know the little ones can get a bit (sometimes more than a bit!) restless, especially when traveling long distances cooped up in a confined space, such as in cars or planes. Luckily, many phones now come built in with advanced gaming technologies with revolutionary graphics, thankfully redirecting kids’ attention from getting on their parents’ nerves to winning their games. Couple this with extended battery life capabilities, and we’re good to go for quite a few uninterrupted hours of peaceful traveling. 
P(hone) In On Your Holiday @HuaweiZA #HuaweiP30Series #RewriteTheRules #MobilePhotography
Photo by Pixabay from Pexels
Say what? 
For those trips abroad, smartphones now enable us to completely dismantle language barriers through their advanced translation features. Bus schedules, street signs, and restaurant menus no longer have to be a source of unnecessary stress and confusion, allowing us to achieve that much-needed state of peace and relaxation that the holiday was intended for. 

In retrospect 
Regrettably, holidays have a habit of flying by all too quickly, and before we know it we’re back at our desks again. Luckily, post-vacation blues can be combatted by looking back on our memories on our smartphone, allowing us to relive those precious times with loved ones. 

Thanks to increased storage space on smartphones, no moment has to go uncaptured, which lets us reflect on every single moment of our holidays from start to finish. That high-definition video depicting your young son running on the beach, or that image of the family all huddled around a cozy fire in the bush become a great source of escape from the doldrums of everyday life. 

Fit for purpose 
The new Huawei P30 Pro provides users with all of these features. Its 4200mAh battery lasts roughly two days when fully charged, so you don’t have to worry about your phone dying on you midway through navigating around the Karoo. With its Leica Quad Camera System, which includes a 40MP primary camera with the HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor, the Huawei P30 Pro provides users with the ability to capture extraordinary photos and videos. Its 8MP camera with a periscope design allows for incredible zooming capabilities – without affecting the quality of the image – while the ultra-wide 20MP unit enables you to capture the most beautiful wide shot images of mountains and shorelines. Lastly, the phone’s 32MP selfie camera invites you to snap those silly holiday-mode selfies in high quality, adding even more vivid memories to the photo gallery – all of which can be stored on the phone’s 256 GB storage space. 

To keep the kids busy, the new Huawei P30 Pro boasts beautiful high definition graphics for gaming and a GPU turbo 3.0. This optimizes the performance of games through an AI SIM Switch, which means no more stuttering or lag while gaming (and no more whining from the kids). When the signal in SIM 1 is poor, the system automatically switches to SIM 2 to secure a stronger network. This is ideal for traveling, as we all know phone signal can often change quite drastically when we’re on the go. 

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Calling All Geeks - Go Big in Japan in 2019! #GeekFest2019 @RushCoZA @GeekFestSA

Hi Friends, 

Geeks are taking over! And they’re doing it Big in Japan style! That’s right, all things Geek are about to be unleashed on JHB and Pretoria with the 7th Annual GeekFest, brought to you by The Dark Carnival. Taking place for the first time at the awe-inspiring Sun Arena, Time Square in Pretoria, the event is set to be a complete invasion of all things Geek and all things gaming over one stellar weekend.

Gaming Geeks and Fantasy Freaks can draw inspiration for this year’s GeekFest from the birthplace of Anime – Japan. But because we’re Geeks, we definitely don’t do understated and we definitely do over the top, so it’s a Godzilla-sized Big in Japan theme, and we are challenging all Geeks out there to bring on all thing’s anime, manga, and Otaku (Japanese for geek). The entire focus of the 3-day weekend will be on Japanese culture and gaming so Gēmusutāto! (Game on)
Calling All Geeks - Go Big in Japan in 2019! #GeekFest2019 @RushCoZA @GeekFestSA
The Cosplay arena is going to be one that is super-sized this year, with events across all levels, so you can either take a beginner’s bite-sized chunk or make a masterful meal of this imagination-busting sub-culture. There will be four competition categories, namely:
  • Junior – Open to all entrants who will be under the age of 15 at the time of GeekFest. In order to qualify, at least 50% of their costume must be handcrafted.
  • Beginner to Genin – Open to newbies who are interested in breaking into the cosplay universe. This includes first-time entrants or those who have very little experience. In order to qualify, at least 50% of their costume must be handcrafted.
  • Intermediate-Chuunin – Open to those slightly more experienced cosplayers who have taken part in these kinds of competitions before. In order to qualify, at least 75% of their costume must be handcrafted.
  • Masters-Kage – Open to the semi-professional and professional cosplayers – those who live and breathe the sub-culture and have placed at major competitions before. In order to qualify, at least 90% of their costume must be handcrafted.
Each of the above categories will have a first, second and third place winner with fantastic sponsored prizes up for grabs. In addition to the category tournaments, there will also be a masquerade for those who don’t want to compete, but who want to simply strut their colorful stuff and be a part of the fun. To register visit

In partnership with the Rush esports event, there will also be a Vodacom 4U sponsored Fortnite- inspired category. This is the chance to dress to impress as you channel one of your favorite Fortnite characters. The winner of the Vodacom 4U Fortnite cosplay will walk away with R10,000, so ramp up your creative juices and enter now! 
Calling All Geeks - Go Big in Japan in 2019! #GeekFest2019 @RushCoZA @GeekFestSA
A whole range of other fantastic activities will send you into a spin, including Sumo Wrestling, a Dance Dance Revolution setup, Robowar competitions, a Gladiator Ring and a LARP tournament. Watch epic Japanese animated films Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, an animated science fantasy adventure film and Pop in Q, an animated dance film - BUT these won’t be any ordinary screening experience, you’ll get to watch these at the uber-cool Noodlebox Cinema! Kick back and relax with a box of noodles whilst watching your movie in silence with your very own headphones.

Die-hard fans of old school cool are in for a serious treat, because not one, but two iconic cars from two iconic teams from the 80’s will be on display at the event. The unforgettable king of talking technology - KITT - the real star of the KnightRider series, and the truly awesome Ghostbusters Wagon. Who you gonna call? Your friends to join you of course…

To say this a jam-packed entertainment lineup is an understatement. GeekFest 2019 has pulled out every single stop, and then some, to ensure maximum Geek immersion across the whole weekend.

And when the hunger pangs strike, fear not intrepid soldiers, there is a host of food and drinks available to reboot yourself back to full power.

From merchandise exhibitors to a full-on Geek-inspired market; to gaming highlights and tabletop games; to Pokémon GO tournaments, Japanese martial arts, and Anime movies and a Geek Quiz… There is something for every single member of your Geek family to do. You can even go and get your gaming on as GeekFest tickets include all access entry into Rush Esports too.

For more information on GeekFest 2019 and the cosplay, competitions visit

When is GeekFest 2019? - 28, 29, 30 June 2019
Times: Friday 10am – 8pm | Saturday 10am – 8pm | Sunday 10am – 5pm
Where is GeekFest 2019? - Sun Arena, Time Square, Pretoria
How do I buy tickets to GeekFest 2019? - Tickets to GeekFest on sale via Ticketpro
Day Pass: R120 (valid for one day only on any of the three days)
Weekend Pass: R300 (valid for all three days)
GeekFest tickets include all access into Rush 2019

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Is It Time To Replace Your Phone Battery? @HuaweiZA #Smartphone #WowWay #HuaweiService

Hi Friends, 

Although phone batteries have come a long way in the past few years, they are still not built to last forever. While smartphones have advanced at a rapid rate, no longer falling prey to underperformance after passing their second birthday, phone batteries can’t offer the same performance over time, simply because they are a consumable component. Like all rechargeable batteries, phone batteries hold less power, and become less effective as they age, which usually starts happening after about 18 to 24 months. Most smartphone batteries offer about 300 to 500 charging cycles.

Here are a few signs that it might be time to replace your smartphone battery:
  • Is your phone losing its charge a lot quicker than it used to? If you used to still be at 60% around midday, even after extensive use, and you’re now at 40% while chewing on your lunchtime sarmie, then it might be time to say cheers to the battery you’re using.
  • Is your phone losing about 10% of charge within 20 minutes after unplugging it from the charger? A few percentage points of battery drop are okay, but a more significant drop might be signs of a bigger problem.
  • Is your phone refusing to charge completely, no matter how long you leave it in the charger? This might mean it’s time for out with the old (battery) and in with the new.
  • Does your phone feel hotter than usual while charging? This is because a deteriorating battery generates heat. If this is happening, then it’s definitely time to get a new battery.
Is It Time To Replace Your Phone Battery? @HuaweiZA #Smartphone #WowWay

Huawei’s battery replacement offer 1 – 30 June
For Huawei smartphone users, an easy battery replacement is within their reach, with Huawei’s special battery replacement promotion from 1 to 30 June.

If your Huawei phone is out of warranty, Huawei is giving you the opportunity to replace your phone battery for just R199. If your phone is covered by Huawei’s two-year warranty, Huawei will also replace the battery – for free. Both offers include a free labor charge of R400; these days it’s crucial to get your battery replaced by the professionals, as most smartphones are not easy to open yourself.

Huawei Service Day
Huawei also offers what they call Huawei Service Day, which runs in the last week of every month from Thursday to Sunday. This includes:
  • Free Exterior Phone Cleaning
  • Free Screen Protectors
  • Free Out-of-warranty Labour Charge (you only pay for parts replacement)
  • Free Software Support
Phones models included in both these offers are:
• Y-Series - Y3 2018, Y5 PRIME 2018, Y7 2018
• P-Series - P8 lite 2017, P8 lite, P9, P10, P10 Plus, P20 Pro, P20, P20 lite

The battery replacement service and Huawei Service Day are available at all Huawei Customer Service Centres:
  • Johannesburg Shop H37G, The Piazza, Melrose Arch
  • Cape Town Shop 96, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century Boulevard, Century City
  • Cape Town Shop G 231, Somerset Mall, Centenary Dr, Somerset West
  • Durban Shop U91, Cornubia Dr, Mount Edgecombe Country Estate 2, Mount Edgecombe
Yesterday on 19th June, I went in with my Huawei P20 Pro and came to know that the Batteries for this particular smartphone is out of stock @ Melrose Arch and they will call me once they receive the same and it will be done in about 2-7 working days at R199. But when they saw a small crack on the corner of my smartphone screen the sales agent told me that it will be around R2500 for the whole thing as the battery is attached to the display and it will break further if they try to change the battery on this smartphone. I have brought my smartphone back home and using it will they call me with the battery inventory and then I can decide if I want to go and pay R2500 for the whole process. 

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What To Do If Your Identity Has Been Stolen? @TransUnionSA #IdentityTheft #Fraud

Hi Friends, 

Finding purchases or transactions on your bank statements that you can’t explain? Receiving credit cards or statements for accounts that you never applied for? Denied credit for a purchase, even though your credit record is clear? Chances are that you’ve become one of a growing number of South Africans who have become victims of identity theft – and you need to act quickly to limit the damage, warns TransUnion senior director of the consumer business Garnet Jensen. 

Jensen says identity theft is rife in South Africa, with nearly half of South African consumers have either fallen victim to identity theft or knowing someone who has, according to TransUnion research. 

The problem with identity theft is that victims typically only find out about the theft months later – by which time, someone can easily have obtained false lines of credit and racked up significant debt in their name. 

“Generally, thieves will use the victim’s identity to purchase products and services on credit, particularly for high-end goods like electronics and luxury items,” said Jensen. “In the worst-case scenario, thieves can use your ID to apply for large value credit purchases such as vehicle finance or even commit a crime using your identity.” 
What To Do If Your Identity Has been Stolen? @TransUnionSA #IdentityTheft #Fraud
Popular targets for fraudsters include retail accounts, mobile phone contracts, and bank accounts, but ID thieves have also been known to intercept employment application or credit applications and use those documents to steal identities. 

If you suspect that someone has stolen your identity, there are several things you need to do. 
  • Report the theft. Immediately report the identity theft to the SAPS, and the company, bank or financial institution where the fraud occurred. For insurance fraud, contact your insurance company, and let them know that your identity has been stolen. Also, make contact with the South African Fraud Prevention Services (SAFPS) to register as a victim of identity theft. 
  • Freeze your accounts. Make sure you close your existing bank accounts and the bank accounts opened by the thief. Get new accounts and PINs. 
  • Protect your identity. Change your login and passwords for all of your online accounts – not just the affected ones. In fact, one of the best identity protection habits you can have is to change your email and online passwords on a regular basis. Be wary of emails and offers from unknown senders: “You don’t suddenly have a billionaire uncle overseas who has been searching for you for years and has finally found your email address,” says Jensen. 
  • Monitor Your Identity. Check your credit report regularly for any signs that someone might have stolen your identity. You can review your report for signs of suspicious activity, such as accounts that you don’t recognize or credit checks from companies with which you’ve never done business. 
“Reclaiming your identity and cleaning up your record is a long and arduous process,” says Jensen. “It’s important for you to maintain the security of your information and manage the recovery process if your information is compromised. Early detection, using tracking products by credit bureaus, can limit the damage to your finances and credit record, giving you a better chance of reclaiming your identity.” 

You have access to a free credit report once every 12 months. To find out if you have been a victim of identity theft, visit for a free copy of your credit report.

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#HelloPaisa @hellogroupsa Recognised As 1 of 50 #Fintechs Driving #FinancialInclusion #ChangingLives

Hi Friends, 

In an achievement for not only home-grown organization Hello Paisa to be proud of but indeed for all South Africans to celebrate, the company was selected from over 400 hopeful applicants and placed among the globe’s top 50 fintechs. The judging panel consisted of industry experts across venture capital, banking, fintech, and other sectors. This win is particularly significant to the company and is a vindication of their commitment to driving financial inclusion.

Each of the 50 winners named was selected based on their achievements and impact which demonstrates the power that financial inclusion has in the global effort to expand access, usage, and quality of financial services, across both advanced and emerging markets. 
#HelloPaisa @hellogroupsa Recognised As 1 of 50 #Fintechs Driving #FinancialInclusion #ChangingLives
Based on their local insights, Hello Paisa identified that the cost of remitting funds from South Africa was too expensive, takes too long and - in some cases - there were no legal means available. Hello Paisa stepped up to lead the charge in finding a practical solution. Making use of industry-leading technology, as well as partnering with the globe’s most reputable partners, the company was successful in their lobbying efforts with regulators. The result was the company’s popular platform, geared towards driving down costs of international remittance and creating a means through which users can safely and legally send funds around the world.

In May 2019, Hello Paisa launched its digital banking offering in partnership with Sasfin Bank Limited to service yet another need of its loyal customers.

According to Ahmed Cassim, the Managing Director of Hello Paisa, “For the past four years, Hello Paisa has thrived on the principle of doing well and doing good. Fundamentally, we are a community company focused on empowering people, and creating a culture of social enterprise utilizing technology as a catalyst. We have changed lives, through offering our customers a SIM card to call their families, remittance solutions to send money home, and now we are embarking on the next chapter of offering a bank account to keep their money safe and a debit card to transact - anywhere and everywhere.”

The complete list of winners can be found at

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Comedian @ChrisForrestSA Makes Star Turn as a Hapless Hustler in @KingsOfMulberry #KingsOfMulberryStreet

Hi Friends, 

South African funny man Chris Forrest stars in Judy Naidoo’s latest film Kings of Mulberry Street, which will be in cinemas from 28 June 2019. 

The film tells the story of two nine-year-old boys feisty Ticky (Aaqil Hoosen) and his sidekick the more timid Baboo (Shaan Nathoo), who set out to rid their community of local bully and crime boss, Raja.

The film is set in the 80s, in the fictional town of Sugarhill District in KwaZulu Natal. Forrest plays the role of Mr. White, the typical born and bred Durban beach bum. A colorful local and a hustler of note, he knows all the players in the criminal underworld. Unfortunately for Mr. White, he’s always the pawn and never the boss, but he’s a likable ‘ou’. 

“Mr. White acts as the go-between for the unscrupulous Raja and a major drug syndicate,” says Naidoo. “He plays a big part in Raja’s scheme, and his ability to tolerate abuse from him is both painful and funny to observers. Chris was perfect for this role because of his unique sense of humor and he is one of the country’s most popular comedians.”
Comedian @ChrisForrestSA Makes Star Turn as a Hapless Hustler in @KingsOfMulberry #KingsOfMulberryStreet
Chris started out at the “Funny Farm” at what was then called the Randburg Waterfront and has since gone on to perform at every major comedy club, showcase or festival in the country. 

He appeared in the 46664 “It’s No Joke” comedy show as one of South Africa’s top 10 comics, and is also a regular on the “Heavyweight Comedy Jam”, “The Blacks Only Show” and the “Kingsize Comedy Show”. 

He has performed at several international festivals including the Edinburgh Festival, The Lyric Theatre in London, and major festivals in Dubai, Ghana, Botswana, and Swaziland.

In 2013 Chris hosted the prestigious Comics Choice Awards. Chris has also hosted his own episode of “Comedy Central Presents Live at Parker’s” and performed four successful one-man shows namely “Chris Forrest, He’s a really nice guy” which was broadcast on Comedy Central, “The Flipside”, “The Guy from TV” and most recently “Who’s Your Daddy?” 

“Chris has such a unique quirkiness about him, that he was an obvious choice for the role. He has these really expressive, crazy eyes, you simply cannot help but laugh. He is also just such a lovely human being and has added enormous comedy value to Kings of Mulberry Street”, says Naidoo.

“Kings of Mulberry Street” will be distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution, in partnership with Nickelodeon and Comedy Central.

Catch “Kings of Mulberry Street” in cinemas from 28 June 2019.

Indigenous Film Distribution:

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@Ubisoft Kicks Off A Revamped Tom Clancy's @R6esports With @PredatorGaming Sponsorship

Hi Friends, 

Ubisoft® announced its largest and most ambitious sponsorship ever for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Pro League and Majors, as it teams up with Acer’s Predator gaming brand through an exclusive partnership across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, from June 2019 to November 2020, kicking off this week with Rainbow Six Pro League Season X.

Deeply committed to esports over the past years, Acer’s Predator brand will become the official PC and monitor sponsor for Rainbow Six Pro League and Majors – starting with Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Pro League Season X and the recently announced Six Major Raleigh this summer – and provide a range of high-performance gaming hardware to support dedicated and highly-trained professional players while they are pushing their skills to the limit during Rainbow Six Pro League and Majors. Acer will equip pro teams with high-end Predator desktops, laptops, and monitors during warm-ups and official offline matches. Acer will support the games and esports enthusiasts as well with fully-equipped high-performance hands-on areas on site, where they’ll be the first to discover new Rainbow Six Siege content. 
@Ubisoft Kicks Off A Revamped Tom Clancy's @R6esports With @PredatorGaming Sponsorship
This landmark partnership also includes co-branding and co-promotion, as well as an invitation for fans to join global giveaway contests, and a unique in-game challenge unlocking an exclusive Predator in-game item. Fans are also invited to watch the streams and follow Rainbow Six esports and Acer Predator on social media for the latest news, sweepstakes and competition highlights.

Rainbow Six Siege attracts and engages more than 45 million players worldwide, and its esports enthusiast community continues to grow by leaps and bounds. February’s Six Invitational saw another meaningful engagement progression, with a +31% increase in watched time over the week compared to the 2018 edition.

“Joining forces with Ubisoft adds an exciting new chapter in Acer’s initiative to promote and expand esports worldwide,” said Vincent Lin, Associate Vice President, Product Marketing and Planning, Acer Inc. “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six titles are legendary and we are thrilled to bring players to their competitive peak with Predator performance gaming PCs and monitors.”

“Both Acer and Ubisoft share a strong commitment to supporting esports professional teams and fanbase and we cannot wait to showcase the full extent of this partnership during our next events,” said Geoffroy Sardin, Senior Vice President Sales, and Marketing, Ubisoft EMEA. “Partnering with such a key esports and technology expert reinforces our confidence in the success, current, and future, of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six esports as it keeps on growing and maturing.”
@Ubisoft Kicks Off A Revamped Tom Clancy's @R6esports With @PredatorGaming Sponsorship
In parallel with this new sponsorship, the Rainbow Six Pro League comes back with fresh adjustments:
  • A revamped schedule including two play days per week for each of the four regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America,
  • An update of the map pool to allow pro players to display their skills in the most competitive environment possible,
  • The removal of the auto-relegation for more competitiveness within Rainbow Six esports program,
  • An increased prize pool for the Pro League season, now reaching $626,000 (playoffs included),
  • And much more…
Details of the changes coming to Rainbow Six Pro League Season X can be found here

For more information about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six esports, please visit and follow us at Fans can follow Predator on Facebook at @PredatorGaming (, Twitter at @PredatorGaming (, and Instagram at @PredatorGaming (

About Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Alongside a thriving professional esports scene and a community of over 45 million registered players, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege puts players in the middle of a fast-paced, ever-evolving multiplayer experience grounded in the selection of unique Operators. Using the right mix of tactics and destruction, Rainbow Six teams engage their enemies in sieges, where both sides have exclusive skills and gadgets at their disposal. Defenders prepare by transforming the environments around them into modern strongholds, while attackers use recon drones to gain intel for carefully planning their assault. With access to dozens of Operators inspired by real-world counter-intelligence agents from around the globe, players can choose exactly how they want to approach each challenge they encounter. Through the constant addition of new Operators and maps that add to the depth of both strategy and combat, the unpredictability of each round of Rainbow Six Siege sets a new bar for intensity and competition in gaming.

About Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher, and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, For Honor, Just Dance, Watch Dogs, Tom Clancy’s video game series including Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six and The Division. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets, and PCs. For the 2018-19 fiscal year, Ubisoft generated net bookings of €2,029 million. To learn more, please visit

About Acer
Founded in 1976, Acer now is one of the world’s top ICT companies and has a presence in over 160 countries. As Acer looks into the future, it is focused on enabling a world where hardware, software, and services will fuse with one another to open up new possibilities for consumers and businesses alike. From service-oriented technologies to the Internet of Things to gaming and virtual reality, Acer’s 7,000+ employees are dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of products and solutions that break barriers between people and technology. Please visit for more information.

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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

@ComicConAfrica Welcomes First Kid-Focused Convention in Africa #KidsCon 21-24 Sep 2019

Hi Friends,

The highly anticipated Comic-Con Africa 2019 welcomes the youngest member of the family to its spectacular four-day offering, KidsCon! Get Ready for the most exciting family-friendly, kids-oriented convention! As the first and entirely Kid-focused convention in Africa, KidsCon is taking the term ‘fun and games’ to the next level by empowering kids to be expressive and embrace their individuality. 

KidsCon brings the whole family together at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand between the 21st and 24th of September 2019. The interactive four-day convention is geared to celebrating and inspiring all kids to embrace the superhero within and to cosplay along with the those who are older, but still kids at heart. Edutainment has never looked this good, seamlessly bring learning, playing and creativity together under one roof.
@ComicConAfrica Welcomes First Kid-Focused Convention in Africa #KidsCon 21-24 Sep 2019
To make sure that the kids rule the playground, KidsCon is designed by Kids for Kids, which is why the KidsCon Board of Little Experts was established. 

As a board of 14 diverse children (ages 5 to 10), the KidsCon experts shared their insights on various trends and products. Their input was used to create an unforgettable, dynamic and modern experience that’ll have parents itching to join in on the fun. 
@ComicConAfrica Welcomes First Kid-Focused Convention in Africa #KidsCon 21-24 Sep 2019
Children attending the festival will be stimulated as they engage with different interactive areas. Their creative flair will be sparked by the BIC Artist Corner then their imagination will surely run wild as they create new worlds while immersed in the Play-Doh Creations space. Visitors can also team up and face-off as they show off their blasting skills in the Hasbro Nerf Zone, and experience the Nerf Fornite blaster range, or play it safe by challenging mom to a game of Monopoly or taking a photo with dad at the Nintendo selfie wall and win wonderful prizes. 

Visitors are in for a number of treats like meeting some of their favorite characters like Mario Karts’ Mario and Luigi, your favorite My Little Pony and many more. Other activities include building a RC Car with Nintendo Labo and competing at the Transformers Speed Station to see who takes home the prize for transforming a Transformer in the least amount of time, and a chance to take a pic with Transformer Bumblebee. 
@ComicConAfrica Welcomes First Kid-Focused Convention in Africa #KidsCon 21-24 Sep 2019
Besides the Mario Kart and Ultimate Dance competitions., there are numerous other giveaways at KidsCon. Families can shop, learn and play to their heart's content while enjoying the ultimate kids' experience. Hosting the best fashion, the newest merchandise, a digital universe, and a gaming corner is only the tip of the iceberg. The awe-inspiring exhibitors will keep the whole family on their toes and occupied for hours. 

A world of wonder is coming soon. Join the first Kid-focused festival from the 21st of September and be a part of the excitement of the first annual KidsCon

A ticket to Comic-Con Africa gives you access to the dedicated KidsCon Hall. Get your Comic-Con Africa tickets now at or

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Unique @FUJIFILM_SA @InstaxS #miniLiPlay Hybrid Camera Launched At #PrintLifeSA Exhibition

Hi Friends, 

FUJIFILM is redefining the world of instant photography with the introduction of the stylish and sleek Instax mini LiPlay hybrid camera. Launched in South Africa to coincide with the FUJIFILM PrintLife Exhibition, currently running at Sandton City, Johannesburg, this instant camera offers a number of wonderful features never before seen in FUJIFILM’s line-up of point, shoot and print cameras.

For one, the Instax mini LiPlay is specially designed to act as both an instant camera and a photo printer. As with any Instax camera, users can snap and print photos directly from the camera. However, the mini LiPlay connects via an app to smartphones, with users then able to print any photo stored on that device. With this feature, Instax brings together the best of its hybrid cameras, such as the SQUARE SQ20, and its portable smartphone printers, such as the SHARE SP-3.
Unique @FUJIFILM_SA @InstaxS #miniLiPlay Hybrid Camera Launched At #PrintLifeSA Exhibition
Photos, now with a message
This Instax mini LiPlay is certainly not a one-trick-pony since it has another unique card up to the sleeve: Voice notes. One would expect that sound and photos do not play well together, however, the Instax mini LiPlay is about to change this forever. Users are able to take a picture of a friend, record a voice note (up to 10 seconds) for him or her via a button at the front of the camera, and then print out the photo. The print will feature a unique QR code which can be scanned by smartphone in order to listen to the recorded message. This is a first-time feature that can only be found on the Instax mini LiPlay camera.
Unique @FUJIFILM_SA @InstaxS #miniLiPlay Hybrid Camera Launched At #PrintLifeSA Exhibition
Save, edit, print
The Instax mini LiPlay is the first of the Instax mini range – printing on mini photo paper – that allows users to save images on the device and select which one they want to print. Up to 46 images can be stored on the built-in storage space, with the device allowing for added memory via microSD or microSDHC cards. Users can select their best shots on the 2.7-in. TFT color LCD monitor at the back, while also editing images on the fly.

To add extra spice to photos, it’s possible to apply one of six filters directly from the camera - black & white, sepia, the stylish, vivid, poster of fish-eye. There are also ten different creative frames to choose from, while 20 more are available from the Instax mini LiPlay app. Through the app, users can assign any of the frames to one of the camera’s shortcut buttons on the side to make in-camera editing easier.

For those who love group photos, the Instax mini LiPlay app has a wonderful extra – it can be used as a remote to snap a photo from a distance.
Unique @FUJIFILM_SA @InstaxS #miniLiPlay Hybrid Camera Launched At #PrintLifeSA Exhibition
Live life and Play
From a size perspective, the Instax mini LiPlay is the smallest and lightest camera in the Instax range, coming in at a mere 255 g. As always, photos are printed quickly and easily, with printing taking no more than 12 seconds.

It’s never a case of all work and no play when it comes to Instax since there’s also a range of stylish accessories, such as the color-coded camera straps specifically designed for the Instax mini LiPlay. Users can furthermore look forward to film cases that double as photo displays, plus photo albums to help with the protection of memories.
Unique @FUJIFILM_SA @InstaxS #miniLiPlay Hybrid Camera Launched At #PrintLifeSA Exhibition

FUJIFILM PrintLife Exhibition
The Instax mini LiPlay debuted at the FUJIFILM PrintLife Exhibition, currently on display at Sandton City’s Centre Court. South Africans from all walks of life have submitted their favorite photos, which were then printed by FUJIFILM for free. A total of 3000 photos are currently on display, with this the first time the FUJIFILM PrintLife Exhibition is held on African soil. The PrintLife concept originated in Japan in 2006, with the exhibition making its way across the globe to countries such as Germany, Spain, Canada, and the United States, amongst others.

The PrintLife Exhibition is running from 18 June 2019 until 24 June 2019, where visitors are able to not only browse the photos but also interact with FUJIFILM X Series and Instax cameras, amongst which the new mini LiPlay. Visitors can come to have their photo taken in support of WaterAid, with FUJIFILM X-Photographers presenting workshops for those wanting to improve their photography.
Unique @FUJIFILM_SA @InstaxS #miniLiPlay Hybrid Camera Launched At #PrintLifeSA Exhibition
Cost and availability
The FUJIFILM Instax mini LiPlay is available in three beautifully stylish colors - Blush Gold, Stone White, and Elegant Black, each offering a texture unique to the touch.

The mini LiPlay hybrid camera can be found in select retail stores and online for a recommended retail price of R2499. FUJIFILM Instax mini photo paper is available in packs of ten or 20, costing in the region of R160 and R300 respectively.

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@DrinkScore Energy Drink Boosts #SkillsDevelopment Amongst SA Youth @PrideFactorSA #PrideFactor

Hi Friends, 

Score Energy Drink, the proud supporter of youth development in South Africa, is giving 300 young people the chance to better themselves with the help of life skills academy, Pride Factor.

Founded in 2014, Pride Factor is dedicated to improving the quality of young people’s lives by inspiring, guiding and mentoring them to challenge their assumptions, broaden their aspirations and develop entrepreneurial thinking through self-guided, web-based courses in life skills and entrepreneurship. These courses, available to teenagers and young adults from the ages of 15 to 25, provide an interactive platform with a modern approach to blended learning.
Score Energy Drink Boosts #SkillsDevelopment Amongst SA Youth @drinkscore @PrideFactorSA
Score Energy Drink cements its support of youth upliftment by offering 300 students the opportunity to obtain Score funded bursaries for two courses in the Pride Factor online academy. The courses will run from July until September 2019. Bursaries will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

“It’s a great honor to be part of this wonderful Pride Factor initiative. At Chill Beverages, we are passionate about our country and contributing to a better future for all, a role we take very seriously,” says Chill Beverages Marketing Director, Ross Hobbs.

For more information on the Score funded bursaries visit

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

One Night Stands Comedy Festival 30 July-10 Aug 2019 #Comedy @Theatre_Square @Computicket

Hi Friends, 

Everyone has had a one night stand, and let’s face it, most of them have not been worth noting! Comedy giants Goliath and Goliath in collaboration with comedian and producer Siv Ngesi, bring you the first One Night Stands Comedy Festival. 10 nights of comedy that don’t involve the walk of shame!

The One Night Stands Comedy Festival will take place from the 30 July – 10 August 2019 at the Theatre on the Square in Sandton. The entire line-up consists of some of South Africa’s best comedians such as Robby Collins, Carvin Goldstone, Noko Moswete, Jason, Nicholas and Donovan Goliath, Lihle Msimang, Tsitsi Chiumya, and Tats Nkonzo to name a few. They are all ready to bring their A-game and plan to entertain audiences with their most recent and best-performing shows. No strings attached here ladies and gentlemen, all you need to do is sit, relax and laugh your pants off.

“I am very excited to finally get the honor to work with the award-winning powerhouse, that is Goliath and Goliath! This platform will showcase some of the country’s best comedy talent! Domination is inevitable” says Ngesi.

It’s about time you brag about one night stands worth remembering by taking advantage of all the latest one-man shows and comedy specials taking place under one roof. 

The lineup for the One Night Stands festival consist of: 
One Night Stands Comedy Festival 30 July-10 Aug 2019 #Comedy @Theatre_Square @Computicket
30 July - Goliath and Goliath
GOLIATH AND GOLIATH LIVE is a high-energy comedy show, from beginning to end. Brace yourself for versatile content and performances from three of South Africa’s most observational storytellers. Simple, direct, honest and fun… if you enjoy basic truths, this is the show to come and check out!
One Night Stands Comedy Festival 30 July-10 Aug 2019 #Comedy @Theatre_Square @Computicket
31 July - Tats Nkonzo
New Nights is a show with an unconventional format where 'SA's Got Talent' host, Tats Nkonzo will be performing with, and interviewed by musicians during the show. Described as an intimate and unpredictable night of magic, Tats will be bringing new and highly anticipated material to the stage.
One Night Stands Comedy Festival 30 July-10 Aug 2019 #Comedy @Theatre_Square @Computicket
1 August - Robby Collins
Robby Collins’ latest show, which is part of his new national tour 'Iyeza Comedy Tour', is an honest piece of comedy performed by a comic of age. Get ready for an evening of funny, that is truthful and full of soul.
One Night Stands Comedy Festival 30 July-10 Aug 2019 #Comedy @Theatre_Square @Computicket
2 August - Tsitsi Chiumya
Award-winning South African comedian Tsitsi Chiumya gets personal about the awkward life of a young person in his debut one man stand up comedy special So Naive. The show follows a personal journey which hilariously highlights that his expectations of the world are "So Naive". It is not to be missed. 
One Night Stands Comedy Festival 30 July-10 Aug 2019 #Comedy @Theatre_Square @Computicket
3 August - Carvin Goldstone
Multi award-winning journalist and comedian Carvin H Goldstone presents funny stories from his travels around the world. Get ready for an international flavor served with the familiarity of the home as Carvin performs in his unique Durban style of delivery. 
One Night Stands Comedy Festival 30 July-10 Aug 2019 #Comedy @Theatre_Square @Computicket
6 August - Mo Mothebe 
The Chocolate Chronicles is the debut hour-long, one-man comedy special from South African comedian Tshireletso “MO” Mothebe. The show will showcase Mothebe’s sharp humor, delightful wordplay, and deceptive good looks. The chronicles will be the unmissable story of the black middle-class experience through the eyes of one of South Africa’s born free youths.
One Night Stands Comedy Festival 30 July-10 Aug 2019 #Comedy @Theatre_Square @Computicket
7 August - Mark Banks
Mark Banks has come out of hibernation to bring you his new one-man stand-up show - Mark Banks On Ice! Mark will amaze you with jokes while jetting across the stage, showcasing moves that don’t even have a name in French. Russian All-Star Mints might make a guest appearance, so get ready for a lot of hilarious surprises. 
One Night Stands Comedy Festival 30 July-10 Aug 2019 #Comedy @Theatre_Square @Computicket
8 August - Dalin Oliver
The teacher turned comedian and radio jock, Dalin Oliver, is back with his third one-man stand-up comedy show, ADULTING. He’s one of the rising stars of the South African comedy scene and will be taking you through the challenges and confusion about how to survive in the “big world” because Adulting is soooooo hard people! So, take the time and learn from his life hacks and stories. 
One Night Stands Comedy Festival 30 July-10 Aug 2019 #Comedy @Theatre_Square @Computicket
9 August - Noko Moswete
One Night With The Queen is a collection of jokes from the time Noko Moswete started her comedy to date. It is a collection of thought-provoking and funny stories part of Noko Moswetes comedy special. Get more than you bargained for as Noko will also show her musical side as she shares the stage with her band.
One Night Stands Comedy Festival 30 July-10 Aug 2019 #Comedy @Theatre_Square @Computicket
10 August - Lihle Msimang
Having been raised in Soweto, yet attending suburban schools, Lihle has had her fair share of horrible nicknames. In her debut one-woman show, Ma-temtem, Lihle Msimang celebrates where she grew up, the colorful people in the area, and what it’s like rocking the terrible nickname Ma-temtem.

Tickets are R150 per person. To make your booking visit

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A Memoir - This Month Last Year - Mar 2019 #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra

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