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

Friday, 20 September 2019

@HuaweiZA Releases #HUAWEIWATCHGT2 Powerful and Upgraded Fitness Experience

Hi  Friends, 

Huawei has unveiled its next-generation smartwatch, HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 46mm and 42mm series, powered by the firm’s proprietary Kirin A1 chip. Delivering an upgraded user experience and unrivaled battery life due to the chip’s ultra-low power consumption capability, WATCH GT 2 pushes the boundaries of what is expected from a wearable. The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 is also Huawei’s first smartwatch with an all-in-one 3D glass screen, creating a wider, boundless display. Moreover, the new smartwatch delivers more sports modes with richer programs, as well as adding Bluetooth calling and music playback functionalities, enhancing comprehensive health and fitness monitoring and management capabilities, ultimately offering greater care in meticulous detail to those who love sport and the pursuit of quality of life.

Proprietary Kirin A1 chipset supports unrivaled battery life
The previous generation HUAWEI WATCH GT was well-loved by users because of its impressive battery life. HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 goes in further, being equipped with Huawei’s proprietary Kirin A1 chipset to further improve on battery life. The Kirin A1 chipset integrates an advanced Bluetooth processing unit, a powerful audio processing unit, an ultra-low power consumption application processor and a separate power management unit. The application processor uses the Cortex-M7 processor to achieve ultra-low power consumption of 10uA/MHz, which is far below the industry average of 30uA/MHZ. The perfect combination of high performance and efficient power consumption makes it possible for HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 to deliver robust usage and even longer battery life.

In daily use, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 46mm series can operate continuously for up to two weeks, with both the intelligent heart rate monitor and call notification functions on and weekly usage of up to 30 minutes of Bluetooth calls; up to 30 minutes of music playback; up to 90 minutes of exercise and using the scientific sleep mode at night. In the classic mode, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 42mm series can operate continuously for up to one week. Both series of watches have greatly improved battery life in the GPS tracked sports mode. The 46mm series achieves a battery life of 30 hours under the GPS tracked sports mode, while the 42mm series reaches 15 hours.*
@HuaweiZA Releases #HUAWEIWATCHGT2 Powerful and Upgraded Fitness Experience
All-in-one 3D glass design for expansive display experience
Classic design never goes out of style. Inheriting the classic look from the previous generation, HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 further upgraded the aesthetics with a full-screen and borderless design. The all-in-one 3D glass surface allows for a wider look and feel. The dial of the 46mm series adopts beveled sculpting and gemstone processing techniques to create 3D curved glass and applies individual carving to create concave spots on the dial for a more vivid look. Treated with multiple processes, the curved dial of the 42mm series is only 9.4mm thin and decorated with an extremely thin, fashionable metal frame.

The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 46mm series is also equipped with a 1.39-inch AMOLED HD precision touch screen with a display resolution of 454 x 454 pixels, wider color gamut, and an ultra-thin design that is superior to LCD screens, achieving fuller screen color and higher contrast. The screen design is modern and artistic, suitable for people who pursue the finer things in life and speaks to the simple, exquisite design philosophy that is in vogue nowadays.

New professional sports monitoring creates a richer smartwatch experience
Sports enthusiasts ask for professional sports data monitoring and all-around experience from their smartwatches. The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 46mm series connects with Huawei mobile phone Bluetooth and supports Bluetooth calls at up to 150 meters. The watch also supports phonebook functionality so you can save friends’ contact information on your watch and easily look them up. At the same time, the watch comes with large storage capacity, housing up to 500 mp3 songs. You can easily manage and enjoy music while exercising.

In the sports mode, HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 is compatible with 15 sports, including eight outdoor sports (running, walking, climbing, hiking, trail running, cycling, open water, triathlon) and seven indoor sports (walking, running, cycling, swimming pool, free training, elliptical machine, rowing machine). For these 15 sports modes, the watch provides full-scale monitoring of approximately 190 types of data. The watch provides targeted pre-exercise data analysis for different sports, data recording analysis during the exercise and professional advice afterward. It is like having a personal intelligent sports coach to make your exercise safer and better.
@HuaweiZA Releases #HUAWEIWATCHGT2 Powerful and Upgraded Fitness Experience
Comprehensive health management for your everyday care
In the field of intelligent wearables, Huawei is committed to helping consumers better manage their own health. Leveraging advanced intelligent algorithms, Huawei is an industry leader in health management.

In terms of heart rate monitoring, HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 helps monitor bradycardia and heart failure. Unless in the sports mode, the user will be notified if the heart rate is above 100 bpm or below 50 bpm for more than 10 minutes. Users can also view the data in the Huawei Sports and Health App to keep an eye on your health in real-time.

In addition to heart rate monitoring, sleep monitoring is another function that users care about. Poor quality sleep has become a problem for many. HUAWEI TruSleep™ 2.0 monitors sleep quality, real-time heart rate, sleep breathing quality and uses big data analysis to rate sleep quality. It combines Huawei AI technology to accurately analyze sleep problems and provides sleep improvement suggestions, as well as personalized sleep services and reports to help users improve sleep quality.

HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 also comes with self-developed HUAWEI TruRelax™ technology, which helps users relieve stress by recording HRV (heart rate variability) values and providing feedback on the user's stress index. In addition, it also has a sedentary alert, which reminds the user to stand up and move around after a certain period of time. On special occasions, the alert can be turned off. You can also record the number of steps you take each day, calories burned, and the number of times you stand up. HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 provides consumers with all-day physical status information to help them develop healthy living habits and lifestyles.

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@HUAWEIZA ’s #home_coded Stand @Vodacom @rAgeExpo A Stepping Stone for Local Genius

Hi Friends, 

The Vodacom rAge expo is South Africa’s biggest gaming, tech, and geek culture exhibition. The 17th edition of SA’s most exciting gaming expo takes off at the Ticketpro Dome from 27-29 September.

As you’d expect, the leading companies in gaming and tech will be there, showing off their wares and giving eager fans a chance to try all the latest games and gear first-hand. But Vodacom rAge also provides a platform that supports the emerging game development industry in South Africa – as they have done for many years. And HUAWEI Mobile Services South Africa is on-hand to lend some much-needed infrastructure, guidance and financial help to SA’s rising game development stars.

HUAWEI has invited some skilled and inspired young developers in South Africa to showcase their products at the HUAWEI home_coded stand. The stand will be bringing visitors an exclusive look at newly launched mobile gaming, PC and console content created by local up-and-comers in the industry. Some of these young developers will have their games/apps uploaded onto the Huawei AppGallery platform; HUAWEI's official app distribution platform. You can use AppGallery on your HUAWEI mobile device to search, download, manage, and share mobile apps. AppGallery features a four-layer detection mechanism to ensure that apps featured on the platform are safe to download and use. All kinds of useful and fun apps are available for download through AppGallery.

The South African gaming industry is growing steadily year-on-year. And as business picks up the pace for local developers, more jobs are being created in emerging gaming concerns, who are progressively increasing SA’s footprint in the international gaming market.

The Vodacom rAge expo is a great place for developers to be discovered by a captive audience that’s as passionate as they are about gaming, helping the industry grow to even greater heights.
@HUAWEIZA ’s home_coded stand at @Vodacom @rAgeExpo : A Stepping Stone for Local Genius
Here are some of the rising stars who’ll be at the stand:
Hilton from Surge Innovations will be bringing the mobile game, “Voetsek” along for a demo of its free-to-play arcade interface on iOs, Android and Harmony OS. Voetsek promises hours of endless fun and addictive game play that will test gamers’ sense of rhythm and timing.

The game pushes the boundaries of the arcade genre with a collection of unique features and fast-paced stage progression for an addictive and intuitive gaming experience. Surge Innovations will be hosting a mini-Voetsek tournament with great prizes up for grabs. There’s also a big announcement about the release of a brand new, highly anticipated mobile game that will be exclusive to Apple Arcade and Harmony OS. Find out more on

Mornay Leander, creator of the “PlaneCrazy” game will be exhibiting his creation, “PlaneCrazy” – a mobile game that took flight while its creator made paper jets for his daughter and her friends. It got Mornay thinking, why not create a game that taught players how to fold their own paper planes? And with the help of a developer, PlaneCrazy took off. You can find PlaneCrazy on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit to find out more.

Dewald Bodenstein from Quasistellar Game Development is showcasing an RPG called “Rectifying Zion”. The game has been in development since 2010. It’s set in a large, detailed open world in ancient Israel, and you can come to the stand to try out an exciting early game-play prototype. Find out more on

Matthew Dalton from Mattador Starfish will be at the stand showing off “Codex Knights” – an original game that’s currently in development. Mattador Starfish is a proudly South African tech start-up that aims to use games and technology to make a difference. Matt will also be giving a talk about pursuing game development as a career in South Africa and using games to make a positive impact on society. Email Matt on to find out more.

Zane Espin from Blue Desert Studios will be demonstrating a selection of newly released and developing games like “Curve”, “Rocketboom”, “NightRunner” and “Beta Reflex”. Lucky visitors may also get exclusive sneak peeks of Blue Desert Studios’ upcoming mobile games "Corridor 6" and "Auxiliary" for PC and Next-Gen consoles. Find out more on

Dylan Engelbrect from Deep Link Studios will be giving demos on “Riftwalker” – a tower defense game reminiscent of “Rogue” that’s currently available for early access on Steam. The game is set in a world consumed by darkness, with challenging new mechanics and an in-depth story for those willing to dig deeper into gameplay. Find out more on

Other games on show include “Pathological Beliefs”, “Diski Skills” and more – all exclusively at the HUAWEI home_coded stand at the Vodacom rAge expo.

HUAWEI Mobile Services offers an open platform for HUAWEI device partners, through comprehensive app development, testing, promotion, and monetization assistance. HUAWEI aims to build an open ecosystem for innovation using HUAWEI's terminal devices, global platform services, and industry chain resources to help develop young talent wherever possible.

The stage is set for talented SA game developers at Vodacom rAge 2019. Let the games begin! If you are a developer with a completed app, please visit to find out more. Or stay in touch with the business development team via email on

For more details check out and come along to Vodacom rAge.
#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)

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Thursday, 19 September 2019

#TheLifesWayReviews - #Technology in #Shuffle Mode Play in MP3 Players

Hi Friends,

I am been a fan of music and due to which I am a huge collector of earphones and headphones along with various types of MP3 players and devices. I have all the devices or used to have all the devices from Sony Walkman to Sony MP3 CD players to the latest Apple iPod Shuffles and Nano to even some dodgy local ones from cheaper brands. I am an ardent fan of loading my music - my favorite set of songs into all the devices everywhere - be it in car or smartphone or iPad or laptop. 
#TheLifesWayReviews - Technology in #Shuffle Mode Play in MP3 Players #TheLifesWay
The problem I faced with all these devices or the mp3 players is the SHUFFLE mode which is totally outdated even when the new software and technology is still upgraded all the time. No matter which device I use the SHUFFLE mode works in the same patterns, making the same songs appear even when you have 16GB full of songs in different folders. This has troubled me so much that I switched off SHUFFLE play and went on to the Normal play which was much better than the same. 

Do you feel the same pain as I am? or Are you using any player which can take you to all the 1000+ songs before repeating the same one or the pattern? Do let me know in comments below. 

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What Will You Order For Your Weird Craving? @Uber_RSA #UberEatsSA

Hi Friends, 

There’s nothing more satisfying than placing a food delivery order and having it arrive exactly as imagined - whether that means having your avo on the side or your drink with no ice. Uber Eats has released their first-ever Cravings Report which breaks down some of South Africa’s most unique delivery requests, some of the most unusual combinations and the wackiest comments made via the Uber Eats app from the last year. 

Let’s leave this off
It should be no surprise that tomato was the most requested food item to be left of any meal, with a total of over 200 000 orders placed over the last year that asked for the red vegetable to be left off. That's about 3 300 tomatoes saved from being picked off and wasted. Sauces finished off in second place, with mayonnaise being voted the least favourite since it was the most requested condiment to be left off. Rounding off the list was garnish items like lettuce and onion being removed from burgers to noodles. 

Local is lekker 
South Africans are known to be proud, and some restaurants had to adapt menu items to feed the cravings of locals. With at least 1 000 meals swapping out traditional starch for delicious pap. The local staple is loved so much, that many Eaters are willing to pay an additional restaurant fee to have it delivered with their meal. 

Chakalaka and achaar were also commonly used to replace chilli relish or BBQ sauce. It seems that the spicier the food the better it is for locals, who have on plenty of occasions stated that they prefer hot to extra hot when selecting the flaming flavour. South African flavours are a must and included with some local favourites including Kotas and vetkoek. Unorthodox but truly South African, is that some orders request that a tomato base be replaced with a chakalaka base on pizzas. 
What Will You Order For Your Weird Craving? @Uber_RSA #UberEatsSA
Emotional eaters because why not? 
South Africans are known to love food, but almost any scenario and its accompanying emotion can be celebrated or comforted via an order on the app. Exam periods and test weeks leave students with high stress levels, that can best be counteracted with slap chips. Other emotionally-charging occasions including, graduations, Valentine’s Day and Premier League Weekends, were also when the app experienced an influx in orders. 

No Barks, No Bites 
It’s a well known South African proverb that many are all too familiar with. At least 200 orders specifically stated that their dog does in fact not bite, and the delivery-partner is welcome to come into the yard. 

For any fear experienced by the barking dogs, it was easily made up because South Africans are nothing if not giving and kind. Many requests were received asking the restaurant to give parts of their order like chips, coffee and rolls to the delivery-partner when the order is picked up, so that they may enjoy it while still warm. 

As the cravings report continues to be unravelled and more weird wallops and crazy cravings are discovered, one thing is for sure, South Africans are as loving as they are unique and while some orders raise eyebrows, other requests warm hearts. 

About Uber Eats:
Uber Eats allows people to search for and discover local restaurants, order a meal at the touch of a button, and have it delivered reliably and quickly. Since launching the Eats app three and a half years ago, the business has leveraged Uber’s technology and logistics expertise to serve 500+ cities globally, all while keeping average delivery time under 30 minutes. In South Africa, Uber Eats is currently in over nine cities across South Africa (Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Pietermaritzburg, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Soweto).

Social Media Handles: Instagram: @ubereats_za Facebook: /ubereatsza

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@HuaweiZA Rethinks the #Smartphone with Ground-Breaking #HuaweiMate30Series #RethinkPossibilities

Hi Friends, 

Iconic Handset Features the Flagship Kirin 990 5G SoC, Amazing Quad Camera System with Breakthrough SuperSensing Cine Camera & Futuristic Halo Ring Design

Huawei today unveiled its ground-breaking HUAWEI Mate 30 Series at an exclusive launch event in Munich and I was present at the local launch event the same time in Johannesburg, South Africa. Setting new standards in every area from aesthetic design through to hardware engineering and software innovation, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Series is the world’s first-second generation 5G smartphone and the pinnacle of mobile technological development. 

Benefiting from Huawei’s 32-years of expertise in communication technologies and a decade in design innovation, the HUAWEI Mate 30 looks and performs like no other smartphone. Inspired by the design principle of minimalism, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Series showcases the perfect example of how aesthetic design fuses with technology. Its unique, iconic OLED HUAWEI Horizon Display offers an immersive viewing experience, while the Kirin 990 5G SoC – the first to integrate processing units and a 5G modem on the same chip using the 7nm+ EUV process– affords unrivaled levels of performance and efficiency.

A revolutionary integrated quad-camera includes the SuperSensing Cine Camera, a dual main camera system designed for amazing photographic and videographic results, while the HUAWEI SuperCharge and EMUI10 offer long-lasting battery life for heavy mobile users and enhanced user experience.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said: “The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series unleashes the full potential of the smartphone. Designed to stand out, it challenges convention while delivering the unrivaled user experience. The era of 5G is an opportunity to rethink smartphone technology and the HUAWEI Mate 30 series is the ultimate expression of what’s possible.”
@HuaweiZA Rethinks the #Smartphone with Ground-Breaking #HuaweiMate30Series #RethinkPossibilities
Rethink Design: Futuristic iconic handset
The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series builds upon the aesthetic of the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series with a futuristic design that is sure to make a lasting impression. With an ultra-narrow notch design and the thinnest of bezels, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro features the HUAWEI Horizon Display, which curves at an angle of 88 degrees to maximize the display area to provide an unparalleled, edge-to-edge immersive viewing experience.

HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro introduces the Intuitive Side-touch Interaction feature to replace the side volume buttons with invisible virtual keys. This feature also allows users to customize the volume key position on either side of the device and makes HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro the most integrated, all-in-one design smartphone currently available. Together, HUAWEI 3D Face Unlock and In-Screen Fingerprint provide high levels of biometric security and convenience.

Turn the device over and the iconic ring design of the quad-camera system immediately stands out, surrounded by a metallic ‘halo’. Mirroring the design of a DSLR camera and designed to be held comfortably, the beautiful HUAWEI Mate 30 Series makes the user the focus of the crowd, attracting all the attention. The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro also features HUAWEI Acoustic Display Technology to deliver high-quality audio through a sound-emitting display. 
@HuaweiZA Rethinks the #Smartphone with Ground-Breaking #HuaweiMate30Series #RethinkPossibilities
Rethink Performance - World’s First 2nd Generation 5G Smartphone
The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series is powered by the HUAWEI Kirin 990 series chipset, Huawei’s most sophisticated smartphone chipset launched to date. The HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G challenges the limits of silicon-based physics by incorporating a three-level power-efficient architecture for the CPU, Huawei’s self-developed Da Vinci NPU architecture (large dual-NPU + tiny NPU cores) as well as a supersized 16-core GPU to deliver super-fast performance and high-power efficiency. 

Manufactured with the cutting-edge 7nm+ EUV process, the disruptive HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G supports 2G/3G/4G network and 5G Non-StandAlone (NSA) and StandAlone (SA) modes, along with Dual SIM, Dual Standby and FDD/TDD full frequency bands to deliver seamless connectivity. The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series has also been optimized for ultimate OS performance. As the world’s first 2nd generation 5G smartphone, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G features 14 antennas for 5G, delivering ground-breaking speed with unrivaled connectivity.

The HUAWEI Mate 30 sports a large battery of 4200mAh, while HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro has an even bigger battery of 4500mAh. With TÜV Rheinland certified wired and wireless Huawei SuperCharge Technology, the 27W Wireless HUAWEI SuperCharge and the 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge provide users safe and fast charging, while wired and wireless in-car charging and a wired power bank ensure a seamless experience across all scenarios.

Additionally, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Series provides upgraded reverse wireless charging bringing users a quick and convenient way to recharge other devices.
@HuaweiZA Rethinks the #Smartphone with Ground-Breaking #HuaweiMate30Series #RethinkPossibilities
Rethink Photography and Videography – SuperSensing Cine Camera for Stunning Images and Videos
The HUAWEI Mate 30 is equipped with a SuperSensing Triple Camera, comprising a 40MP SuperSensing Camera, 16MP Ultra Wide-angle Camera, and an 8MP Telephoto Camera. Coupled with an ISP 5.0 Image Signal Processor, the HUAWEI Mate 30 enables users to capture high-quality photographs and videos.

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro sports a revolutionary quad-camera system with the 40MP Cine Camera, 40MP SuperSensing Camera, an 8MP Telephoto Camera, and a 3D Depth Sensing Camera. 

The SuperSensing Cine Camera is a Dual-main camera system capable of taking stunning photos that rival high-end cameras. The Cine Camera features a large 1/1.54-inch sensor size with a high maximum Video ISO of 51200 to capture videos with an extended dynamic range at 4K/60fps as well as ultra slow-motion at the highest 7680 fps. It also supports 4K Low-light Ultra-wide time-lapse video. The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro also offers pro-bokeh capabilities while recording for professional-looking results. Additionally, the second of the dual-camera system is a 1/1.7-inch HUAWEI SuperSensing Camera which attracts 40% more lights to deliver stunning results in low light conditions with an impressive light sensitivity of ISO409600, making it the best low light one-shot device ever even for ultra-wide shots.

The 8MP HUAWEI Telephoto Camera offers 3x optical zoom, 5x Hybrid Zoom and up to 30x Digital Zoom. Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) + AI Stabilisation (AIS) and 3D Depth Sensing, complete the package making the HUAWEI Mate 30 Series the most capable handset for smartphone photography and videography available to consumers. A front-facing 3D Depth Sensing Camera delivers pro-bokeh effects with accurate depth-of-field information for selfies and portraits. 
@HuaweiZA Rethinks the #Smartphone with Ground-Breaking #HuaweiMate30Series #RethinkPossibilities
Rethink Interaction: A Faster, Safer and More Engaging Experience
The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series features a range of new features that deliver an amazingly smooth and engaging user experience. Including:
  • EMUI10 operating system featuring a contemporary magazine inspired layout, 
  • Always-On-Display (AOD) where the color of the lock screen changes throughout the day; 
  • Dark Mode brings enhanced legibility making the screen look gentler and more comfortable when night falls;
  • Intuitive Side-touch Interaction to customize invisible virtual keys for volume adjustment, gaming, and camera set-up as well as being ideal for both right and left-handed users; 
  • AI gesture control for contactless screen interaction, whereas AI Auto-Rotate and AI Private View are all designed to improve users experience;
  • HiCar smart travel for advanced, seamless connectivity between the device and a car’s communication and entertainment system;
  • Multi-screen Collaboration allows users to transfer data and control multiple screens between Huawei devices;
  • HUAWEI 3D Face Unlock and In-screen Fingerprint to provide advanced data security and privacy protection with (HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro only);
Huawei also launched its much anticipated HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 range of wearables. Equipped with the self-developed Kirin AI chip, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 range offers class-leading battery life and a host of new features and functions including 15 sports modes, 10 training modes specifically for running, an enhanced music player and Bluetooth voice calls. HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 also provides new wellness features that allow for hassle-free monitoring of a user’s heart rate, daily sleep, and other attributes. 

Additionally, Huawei also announced the availability of its HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 true wireless Bluetooth earphones which won 11 Best of IFA media awards at the recent IFA consumer electronics show. The black and white versions of FreeBuds 3 will be available in China, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Asia Pacific, and Latin America starting from October 2019. 

Colors, Pricing, and availability 
 6.53-inch HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro and 6.62-inch HUAWEI Mate 30 come in various color variants and materials: Emerald Green, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Black, while Forest Green and Orange are available in vegan leather. 

Model + Version + Price (Tax Included)
HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro (5G) 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM EUR 1199
HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM EUR1099
HUAWEI Mate 30 8 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM EUR 799

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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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