Hyatt Hotels South Africa Launch Ramadan Iftar Buffet Menu

Chef Ofentse Morake and Specialty Chef Asif Mughal

Following the success of the offering last year, Hyatt Hotels South Africa will offer its Ramadan Iftar Buffet menu once again, across its three properties in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan started on 24 March 2023 in South Africa, and in house and walk in guests will be able to enjoy a sumptuous and delicious buffet for the entire duration of the month.

Last year, around 1 600 guests booked for the Iftar buffet at the Hyatt Regency Cape Town, Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton and Hyatt House Johannesburg Rosebank.

“Based on the interest and success of the Iftar Buffet last year, we have decided to continue with the offering, giving guests a variety of options in carefully curated menu during the month of Ramadan,” commented Hyatt Hotels South Africa’s country head, Asif Raza.

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Vth Season Founder, Ninel Musson, flies the SA Flag high at Annual Harvard Conference

Ninel Musson of Vth Season has been invited as a speaker at this year’s prestigious Harvard Business School’s 25th Annual Africa Business Conference.

The conference is held on 24 and 25 March 2023, at the Harvard Business School campus in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

In celebration of the conference’s silver anniversary, the theme is “Africa Accelerated: Leaps and Bounds into the Next Decade,” as it expresses the organisers’ belief that the continent has reached an inflexion point in its growth trajectory.

Ninel Musson is the founder of a leading independent record label in South Africa, called Vth Season, and has more than 15 years of experience developing talented African artists into award-winning national and continental successes. She is also a consultant in the creative industries, championing independent projects in culture, music and creative tech. Ninel will provide insight from the perspective of SA. In particular, she will talk about current developments, as well as ways to support the industry and artists in SA.

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Boyz II Men – South African Tour

Leading event organiser G21 Entertainment, together with Vertex Events, has announced South African show dates for the legendary super group Boyz II Men, happening later this year.

 The tour will kick off in Cape Town on Tuesday, the 31st of October 2023 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest followed by Pretoria at the SunBet Arena, Time Square on Thursday, 2nd of November, concluding in North West at the Superbowl in Sun City on Saturday, the 4th November 2023.

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Jeremy Renner’s “RENNERVATIONS”

Jeremy Renner is ready to make some Renner-vations! The two-time Academy Award® nominee and Marvel superhero joins forces again with Disney+ for the highly anticipated debut of his four-part Original series “Rennervations” from Disney Branded Television. Renner and his team of expert builders use their skills to reimagine decommissioned vehicles and rebuild them into mind-blowing creations that serve communities around the world. Every build has a purpose. All episodes of “Rennervations” premiere on Wednesday, 12 April 2023, exclusively on Disney+.

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MetaVerse Helps Bring Water to Africa

In a historic move, Africarare, Africa’s first metaverse, has joined forces with non-profit organisation Innovation Africa to help deliver clean drinking water to people across the continent. The partnership seeks to empower rural communities by providing access to clean water and light, using Israeli solar, water and agricultural technologies, and in doing so, change lives through this innovative approach.

Despite progress made, more than 418 million people in Africa still lack basic access to drinking water. To help change this trajectory, Innovation Africa has delivered over 800 successful projects across 10 African countries since 2008, improving the lives of over 4 million people.

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The Special Olympics South Africa National Team Launches its “Road to Berlin”

The Special Olympics South Africa has officially launched the “Road to Berlin”.

On the 12th of June the 2023, the Special Olympics South Africa National Team will depart for Berlin, Germany to compete at the 2023 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Our 2023 National Team, chosen at the Special Olympics South Africa National Games in Polokwane, will be competing against 7000 athletes from 190 countries in what is being hailed as the world’s largest inclusive sporting event.

They will be hoping to replicate the incredible successes of our 2019 South Africa National that returned victorious from the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in the United Arab Emirates with 35 Gold, 15 Silver and 12 Bronze medals!

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E! Africa’s “Celebrity Game Night” comes to Universal+ this April

E! Entertainment Television (NBCUniversal International Networks & Direct-To-Consumer’s global, multi-platform brand dedicated to all things pop culture) has announced the launch date and star-studded lineup for the highly-anticipated return of its original production in Africa: Celebrity Game Night. The fourth installment of the SAFTA award-winning series will be available on Universal+ immediately after airing weekly on E! Africa (DStv channel 124) from Sunday, 23 April 2023 at 19:00 CAT.

Based on the Primetime Emmy Award-winning series Hollywood Game Night, Anele Mdoda returns to host Africa’s biggest games night with 10 one-hour episodes promising uncontrollable laughter and non-stop hilarity. Led by long-standing team captains Ayanda Thabethe and Jason Goliath, a starry array of local comedians, musicians, actors and media personalities compete in raucous challenges including all- new celebrity guests ProVerb, Gigi Lamayne, Amanda du-Pont, Anton Jeftha, Thuli Phongolo, Emo Adams, Shekinah, TBO Touch, Zakes Bantwini, Nadia Jaftha, SPHEctacula & Naves (Kings of the Weekend), Lusanda Mbane, Zozibini Tunzi, Anele Zondo, Simphiwe Ngema, DJ Sabby and many more.

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Five Ways LIFT Has Changed Flying For The Better 

It’s been just over two years since LIFT first took to the skies, and during that time, the airline has transformed flying into a vastly improved and memorable experience for travellers who are looking for a full-service offering. 

Here are some of the ways LIFT has made a difference in the South African aviation industry:

No more punitive flight change or cancellation fees 

Sadly, life isn’t predictable. That can be a problem if you’ve booked a flight, only to find that you won’t be able to fly on the day in question. We’ve become accustomed to the restrictive policies employed by most airlines, requiring passengers to pay stiff penalties if their plans change. LIFT was the first airline to change this in a real, meaningful way,  earning the enviable reputation as “South Africa’s most flexible airline”. This is because LIFT allows passengers to change or cancel flights within 24 hours of their booking, without incurring any penalties and quick payouts into their LIFT wallet. It’s just as easy to change traveller details and again no fees or penalties are incurred. And the flexibility doesn’t end there: passengers who arrive early for their flight can check to see if any LIFT flights are scheduled to leave sooner – and if they are, and there are seats available, they’re welcome to hop on board.

Goodbye uniforms.

Sure, the uniforms traditionally donned by airline staff are smart, even a bit boring, and don’t look very comfortable . But LIFT wanted a different direction. They instead chose to provide the crew with more comfortable outfits that allow them to better attend to customers and flex the LIFT vibe. The staff are distinguished by attire including sneakers, jeans and golf shirts, giving them an approachable and warm look, and all locally sourced to support South African business – just another way Lift’s innovative culture manifests.

Free onboard snacks and & great coffee

Because LIFT is focused on its customer’s experience, it goes above and beyond in this department. That’s right: no more spending extra for your onboard munchies. Not only does LIFT take care of passengers’ snacks, but it also does so in style: travellers look forward to sampling some of the country’s best-loved brands onboard, including Vida e Caffe and Grumpy Snacks. Perhaps even a drink from our beautifully selected range of locally sourced wines or a GnT on an afternoon or evening flight. What’s more, those flying LIFT Premium – LIFT’s interpretation of business class – can look forward to little extras that make flying even more pleasurable: Each middle seat has also been converted into an additional tray table, guaranteeing travellers a window or aisle seat for optimum space and comfort. 

Premium travellers will also enjoy unlimited flight changes, priority boarding, fast-tracked security, priority customer support, a dedicated check-in area and lounge access. 

Bring hospitality back to aviation!

A smile and a helping hand don’t cost a thing and can make all the difference, which is why LIFT staff go out of their way to give a warm, friendly welcome. They’re known for being approachable: just a minute in their company is enough to assure you that they know all about the good and the bad of flying, and they’re here to make sure you experience only the former. An added bonus: your small fur babies are welcome on board. LIFT’s dog-friendly flights mean that your small dog can travel in the cabin with you, rather than spending the trip in the cargo hold – better for both of you!

Tech forward

Remember the days of waiting until just before your flight to check in? Long gone. Although online check-in has become commonplace, LIFT has taken the convenience of self-service a step further, communicating via WhatsApp to make it easy for passengers to keep track of all flight details.  

“At a time when so much is uncertain, we want our passengers to be sure that they can look forward to the very best air travel experience in South Africa,” Jonatha Ayache, co-Founder and CEO for LIFT, says. “We’re always looking for ways to set our services apart – and although we’re proud of how far we’ve come in this regard, we’ll keep finding new ways to innovate.”

Team Sayari on National Geographic Wild

Team Sayari hosts with WildlifeDirect team

The Walt Disney Company Africa, together with its project partners USAID, the U.S. State Department and WildlifeDirect are pleased to announce that brand new episodes of Team Sayari will premiere on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182, Starsat 221) this March. Following a successful launch and enthusiastic reception, viewers can look forward to more adventures in the natural world with episodes premiering on the channel every Saturday at 13:00 (CAT) / 14:00 (EAT) from 4 March 2023.

The first of its kind, this authentic African children’s programme aims to encourage viewers to engage in conservation of Africa’s vast biodiversity and natural resources. Led by the programme’s goals to inspire curiosity, ignite positive behaviour change and nurture environmental champions, studio hosts Mysha Hodson (15), Marita Lucas (14), Shanah Manjeru (16), Railey Mwai (12) and Adarsh Nagda (14) commence each episode in the Sayari Basecamp where a gigantic tree, with a textured trunk named Funzi imparts knowledge about the environment and gives the team various challenges on which to embark.

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New Podcast: WAW! What a Week with DJ Fresh

Popular media personality, DJ Fresh, took up the microphone again with a weekly podcast that started airing on 24 February 2023. WAW! What a Week with DJ Fresh, is a fast-paced podcast, wrapping up your week without fear or favour.

The well-known DJ is giving the people what they want. This is following requests for a podcast from his devoted followers, which will also unpack another layer to DJ Fresh. Not only will this podcast reconnect the beloved DJ with his biggest followers, it will also draw in a new audience.

“My love for connecting with the audience on various platforms goes beyond sharing information. I firmly believe that being able to impact someone’s life in a positive way is part of our journey. From music to conversation to just being, your words could save someone”, shared DJ Fresh.

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