H & M Set To Launch in Johannesburg

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I was super excited, last year, to hear that international retailer H&M was going to open a branch in the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town. Now, it has been announced that a branch is going to open in Sandton City in Johannesburg…oh happy day!

Here’s some more info about what to expect come November 2015.

H & M, Hennes and Mauritz (Pty) Ltd, will open their first Gauteng-based store at 11:00am on 7 November 2015, just weeks after opening the first South African store in Cape Town in October.

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Newtown Junction’s Cape Malay Experience


I am originally from Athlone in Cape Town, and grew up in a community where people of all faiths live, work, play and eat together. When I relocated to Johannesburg in 2003, some of that changed, and new opportunities and doors opened, but that is a blog post for another day. I was so glad to hear about the Newtown Junction Cape Malay Experience, which brings the vibrant and colourful history of the Cape to Jozi! Best of all, it is organised by my sister-in-law, and entrepreneur extraordinaire, Rayana Edwards, who is also the founder of Sari for Change.

Head on down to Newtown Junction in Johannesburg, that unique, lively, safe hub where people shop, eat, relax, linger and connect with others, on Sunday, October 4, for the first ever Cape Malay Market with a focus on the incredibly rich, vibrant history of the Cape Malay heritage.

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Reviv Wellness Spa Launches in South Africa


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I recently had the opportunity to attend the launch of the Reviv Wellness Spa in Johannesburg. This is a spa with a twist…at first I thought is was the usual run of the mill type of spa, with manicures and pedicures, but it is actually what is also known as a “Drip Bar” because you get your boosters via IV infusions or injections, if preferred.

I have no fear of needles, but this was not the case for some of the media and bloggers who attended, but don’t worry, as a tiny prick is all that is standing in the way of feeling revived and rejuvenated.

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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah starts 29 Sept. 2015

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Trevor Noah is the talk of the town, internationally and locally, and Mzansi is ever so proud of of our “Man in NYC” – a local who is really making it as big as Charlize Theron. Well done to this Son of Africa! Trevor Noah is the best South African comedian, in my opinion, as this view was solidified when I saw him at his recent SA performance at Montecasino. He was on point, topical and so sleek.

The show broadcasts in the USA on 28 September (as can be seen in the below teaser for the show) but it launches in South Africa on Tuesday, 29 September at 9pm on Comedy Central, DSTV channel 122. I have already put a note in my iPhone to PVR the entire season, so looking forward to it.

Here’s a teaser to whet your appetite.


Johannesburg International Comedy Festival set to launch in November

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If laughter is the best remedy then get ready to be cured….

South Africa’s stature in the world of comedy continues its phenomenal rise with the launch of the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival, which takes place over three days from 6-8 November 2015.

The festival is a multi venue, multi show comedy showcase featuring local, continental and international talent performing at the Alexander Theatre, Orbit Jazz Café, Thirteen and the Bannister Hotel in Braamfontein as well as The Market Theatre and Bassline in the Newtown precinct. With 42 comedians scheduled to take part, this will undoubtedly be one of the biggest gatherings of comedy talent ever assembled on the continent!

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School choir hits high note with R100 000 Woolworths win

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Mzansi is abuzz with the news that Pharrell Williams will be performing live on stage on the 21st of September at the Grand West Arena in Cape Town and then on the 24th of September at The Dome in Johannesburg. Tickets are available from Big Concerts.

The best news about this concert is that young members of a school singing group from Germiston are excitedly preparing for the biggest highlight of their musical careers – performing on stage with Pharrell Williams, American singer-songwriter, record producer, fashion designer and philanthropist.

Adding to their good fortune, the super-talented singing group from Colin Mann Primary, winner of the MySchool Sing With Us Competition, has won a cash prize of R100,000. These funds will be used to renovate the school hall, which was built over 55 years ago and is badly in need of a makeover.

The MySchool Sing With Us competition is part of Woolworths strategic collaboration with the Grammy Award-winning musician. Williams personally selected the winners after local judges Jon Savage, Katlego Maboe and Theo Crous had whittled over 200 entries – from primary and high schools nation-wide – down to 10 finalists.

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GH Mumm Icon of Victory Event


Yesterday, I attended the GH Mumm SA Icon of Victory event, held at the Four Seasons Westcliff hotel. The event put a definite sprinkle of glamour on an otherwise dreary spring day in Jozi. We arrived in the early afternoon, dressed for autumn weather, and snapped some red carpet pics.

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September Spring Clean with Uber and Forgood

Uber Technologies Inc. signage stands inside the company's office prior to Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, speaking in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, March 24, 2014. Rubio addressed the need to adapt antiquated government regulations to increase economic opportunities for the 21st century and outdated regulations limit consumer choice. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Can you believe that it is September already? I am so glad that spring has officially sprung, well at least here in Johannesburg! And with September, comes the annual Spring Clean, and this year, Uber is teaming up with Forgood, to help you donate clothing, electronics, appliances and non-perishable food you no longer need, in a quick and convenient fashion.

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See Russell Brand live in South Africa

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I first saw Russell Brand playing the role of rocker ‘Aldous Snow’ in the Judd Apatow-produced box office hit comedy ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ a few years ago.

Here’s a clip to jog your memory:

Since then, Russell Brand, has starred in several films including ‘Rock Of Ages’, ‘Arthur’, ‘Hop’, ‘Get Him To The Greek’, Bedtime Stories’, ‘The Tempest’, ‘Paradise’ and the voice of ‘Dr. Nefario’ in the hugely successful ‘Despicable Me’ series.

But did you know that he is an acclaimed stand up comedian and author, with an acerbic wit and intellect? Beginning his career as a stand-up comedian, Brand rose to fame in 2003 for his appearances on MTV and on “Big Brother” spin-off, “Big Brother’s Big Mouth.” His career really took off with his first nationwide standup tour, ‘Shame’ in 2006, which was released on DVD as ‘Russell Brand: Live’. Brand launched his second nationwide tour in 2007, ‘Russell Brand: Only Joking’ released on DVD as ‘Russell Brand: Doin’ Life’ and in 2009 he brought his stand-up comedy tour to the United States with ‘Russell Brand: Scandalous’.

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E! to profile African celebrities in E! News Special

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When E! Entertainment Television first launched a few years ago on DSTV, I was over the moon with excitement! Being an avid pop culture curator, this is my go to channel for all things celebrity, so when E! announced that they will be launching their first ever locally produced series, called E! News Special, this was music to my ears!

The 12-part original series will profile some of Africa’s most inspiring and influential pop culture personalities including singers, actors, models, socialites and sport stars. The series will premiere on E! (DStv Channel 124) in South Africa on Thursday, 10th September at 8 pm.

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