10 Things I’ve learned after a decade in Johannesburg

ImageMy husband (Siraaj Cassiem) and I arrived in Jozi (Johannesburg) in 2003, so 2013 marked a decade in the City of Gold. I am originally from Cape Town, and whenever I heard of Johannesburg, I always had this vision of doom and gloom and inner city squalor, as this was mostly what was seen on television.

So it was with a tad of trepidation that I agreed to join my husband in Jozi when he was transferred there in 2003, when he worked for eTV. Apparently, some of the biggest forms of stress involve moving house, moving to a new city and changing jobs – and I was doing all 3 in one step with this move.

Fortunately, my brother-in-law lived in Pretoria at the time, so he was able to take us around to view possible places to rent, which we had done a month before Siraaj moved to Johannesburg. We found a lovely cottage to rent in Jan Smuts Avenue in Parktown North, which was very central.

The big day came on 2 September 2003. Siraaj had moved up a month before me, as I needed to work out my notice period at work. I put my car on the train the day before and flew up to Egoli.

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Launch of New Lays Deli Kettle Cooked Chips

ImageLast week, I attended the official launch of Lays Deli kettle cooked chips at Urban Tree in Sandton. Now, I’ve always been a fan of Lays, preferring it to other brands of chips. And when I saw this new kettle fried version, in a variety of flavours, in the grocery store a few weeks ago, I was filled with ambrosial delight.

So, when I was invited to attend the launch of the new Lays Deli kettle cooked chips, I was pleasantly surprised and excited. A pretty basket arrived, filled with an array of the new Lays flavours, together with a Soy Lites scented candle and a variety of oils.

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Save the date for the Le Kap Lifestyle Fair (on 8 and 9 November 2013)

Now and again one should take some time to spoil oneself. It can be as simple as having a manicure and pedicure or lavish like treating yourself to a spa day at the Saxon Hotel. Then, there is an event like the Le Kap Lifestyle Fair, which will take place at the luxurious Lourensford Wine Estate, in Somerset West, Cape Town on the 8th & 9th of November 2013.

Gourmet food and fine wine meets fashion and show jumping with the inaugural public event taking place on Saturday the 9th of November 2013 in the relaxed country chic setting of Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West. The innovative new fair kicks off with a VIP Gala Dinner on Friday evening, 8th of November, also available to the public, featuring Bertus Basson, PJ Vadas and some of South Africa’s most sought after wines.

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Remember remember the 1st of Movember

I recently attended the launch of this year’s Movember. Now for those of you who may not know, Movember is held each year in November, and is a moustache growing charity initiative, which enjoys over 1.2 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world. Participants grow moustaches to generate awareness by getting men to talk about their health issues.

Movember is a global campaign in 21 countries and its vision is to “Change The Face of Men’s Health.” Last year saw more than 30 000 South Africans sign up and together raise more than R6.4million for local men’s health programmes. Globally, the campaign raised more than R1 billion last year.

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How to do HD Make-Up

I had the privilege of working with one of South Africa’s leading film and television make-up artists, Hester Magson, while working on the SABC1 show Spirit Sundae.

Hester has a make-up “spray gun” of sorts that she imported from the USA. It is used to apply foundation in even distribution, and the results, especially when viewing in HD, are amazing.

I asked Hester more about this wonderful technique, and below is a video that demonstrates this method.

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Strictly Come Dancing tip toes onto our screens on 10 July 2013 on SABC 3

Back in 2008, I was working at Rapid Blue, the producers of Strictly Come Dancing, as the Cast Scheduler for this show. This meant that I interacted closely with the celebrities on that season (Anele Mdoda, Cindy Nell-Roberts, and Hlubi Mboya to name a few) as well as the professional dancers.

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Local Celebs Chat To Mzansi Life & Style

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to chat to some locals celebs who attended the Kanye West concert. Besides being super excited to hear “Yeezy” they told me about projects that they were working on and what fans can look forward to in the near future. Continue reading

Kanye West Takes Johannesburg

Kanye West performed to thousands of fans at The Dome in Johannesburg North last night. The 18 time Grammy award winner performed for close to 2 hours, singing an array of new and older songs, keeping the crowds enthralled. Continue reading

Launch of 3Sixty Liquid Lounge at Montecasino

Montecasino was abuzz last Thursday night with the launch of its newest, exquisite restaurant called 3Sixty Liquid Lounge.

We were greeted by ladies dressed like butterflies and welcome drinks, and then lead to our tables by very helpful staff.

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Bonang Matheba Makes the Forbes List

It was recently announced that media personality and businesswoman, Bonang Matheba, was the only South African female to make the prestigious Forbes Magazine‘s 13 most influential artists in Africa list. The other two South Africans to make the list were Trevor Noah and DJ Sbu (Sibusiso Leope).

This took me back to a few months ago, when Bonang appeared as our celebrity guest on Spirit Sundae (SABC1).


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