R1.14 Million up for grabs at Comic Con Africa 2019 & win weekend pass tickets!

 

Telkom, the official connectivity and gaming partner of Comic Con Africa 2019, has announced that R1.14 million is the combined prize pool for the teams playing in the Telkom VS Gaming Masters tournament, with each tournament getting R570 000.

 The second edition of Comic Con Africa takes place at Gallagher Convention Centre 21-24 September 2019. Comic Con Africa is an unforgettable scene to most, as each day, thousands of people walk about exploring in excitement what the festival has to offer, providing for all pop culture, comic book and gaming enthusiasts an experience of a lifetime.

Telkom VS Gaming, Africa’s largest esport league, will be hosting the largest annual tournaments, the VS Gaming Masters – for South Africa’s leading competitive games, DOTA 2, and Counter Strike Global Offensive (CS:GO). These tournaments are the culmination of the VS Gaming esport circuit, where teams qualified online or through a physical event.

“The world of gaming, and esports respectively, is rapidly growing in Africa and platforms like Telkom VS gaming play an important role in facilitating the movement with tournaments that give gamers the opportunity to connect with each other”, concludes Wanda Mkhize Executive, Content for Telkom VS Gaming.

Esport was included for the first time globally at the inaugural Comic Con Africa last year and judging by the success of that event, Telkom VS Gaming is setting the pace in defining the African esport landscape.

Do you want to attend this weekend’s Comic Con Africa at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg, South Africa?

Sure you do! I have 30 tickets to give away courtesy of Telkom VS Gaming.

All you need to do is follow @mishkah7 on Instagram and enter here.

The first 30 followers to do this will be emailed a ticket on Friday, 20 September 2019 by the sponsor’s PR company. Each ticket is a weekend pass and is worth R500. Competition closes at noon on Thursday, 19 September 2019. Travel is not included in this giveaway.

 

For more Information visit www.telkom.co.za for exclusive Comic Con Africa deals and competitions.

Interested in playing in the league? Register here: https://digitalgamingleague.co.za/register

To watch the streamed matches go to:

CSGO September 21: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwnW2m3YUyU

CSGO September 22: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uI-9fwLW3_E

Dota 2 September 23: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BycPAgxpm-g

Dota 2 September 24: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKb9gz6iIRw

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Luxuria Lifestyle’s Spring in the City Event

Siraaj Cassiem and Mishkah Roman-Cassiem

On Saturday, 7 September, I attended the leading Luxury Magazine, Luxuria Lifestyle South Africa’s first of it’s kind Spring In The City event, at the BMW Auto Bavaria Dealership in Midrand.

With 430 guests and 30 luxury showcases, Luxuria’s partner brands and guests enjoyed a superb evening of luxury, networking, forming new business alliances and creating new sales and marketing opportunities for both guests and brands. Also on the night, South Africa’s only commercial classic radio station, Classic FM broadcast live from the event.

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Nestlé launches Starbucks at Home

A few days ago, I attended the launch of a new range of coffee products from Nestlé, under the Starbucks brand, held at the elegant Ferguson’s on 5th in Illovo, Johannesburg. The new range consists of 17 products, including whole bean, roast and ground coffees, as well as the first-ever Starbucks capsules developed using Nespresso and Nescafé Dolce Gusto proprietary coffee and system technologies, in South Africa.

This is the first product launch in Africa since NESTLÉ and Starbucks formally joined forces and created a global coffee alliance in August 2018.

These are the influencers chosen to represent the brand and they include @takkies7 and @claudiahenkelza, together with Bruno Olierhoek, CEO of NESTLÉ South Africa.

“We are very pleased to bring these new ranges of exciting and premium coffee products to consumers in South Africa. The partnership with Starbucks brings three of the world’s most iconic brands together – Nescafé, Nespresso and Starbucks. The global coffee alliance will, over time, transform, expand and elevate, both the in-home and out of home coffee market, bringing innovation and better offerings to a larger number of consumers” said Bruno Olierhoek, CEO of NESTLÉ South Africa.

The Starbucks range of coffee, co-developed between NESTLÉ and Starbucks, will be available from September 2019 in these retailers: Checkers, Pick ‘n Pay, Spar and Makro.

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Steve Harvey’s “Family Feud” is coming to Africa

Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey

Yesterday I attended the media launch of Family Feud Africa, where Steve Harvey, the Emmy® Award-winning entertainer, radio personality, motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling author, businessman and philanthropist, announced that he would also be hosting the local versions for South Africa and Ghana. The show will be produced by the award-winning production company Rapid Blue.

FAMILY FEUD is a popular international television game show, which was first broadcast in the USA in 1976. Since then, it has had many different hosts, with Steve Harvey taking up this position since 2010. In order to obtain the rights to the format license for the African versions of Family Feud, Steve Harvey’s international business and media company, STEVE HARVEY GLOBAL, entered into an agreement with FREMANTLEMEDIA LIMITED. The show has seen exponential ratings increases under Harvey, and he is on track to become the longest-serving host in Family Feud history.

The iconic game show, in which two families compete to name the most popular responses to gathered survey questions in order to win cash and prizes, has been a beloved part of people’s lives, from generation to generation. It has generated adaptations in over 50 international markets. Family Feud Africa will be the first international version of the show to be hosted by Steve Harvey.

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Decade Festival featuring Robin S, Crystal Waters, Black Box, Boom Shaka & MarcAlex

I’m a child of the 1980’s and spent the greater part of my teenage years in the 1990s, listening to the artists featured in the Decade Festival.

I remember dancing to “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” by Crystal Waters, “Show me Love” by Robin S  and “Ride on Time” by Black Box.

Here are the music videos to jog your memory:

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Bianca Del Rio’s “It’s Jester Joke” 2019 Tour

Comedy queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race champion Bianca Del Rio is heading back to Africa by popular demand.

Following her sell-out South African dates last year, the Queen of Mean has announced that she will be returning to Cape Town and Johannesburg in August 2019 with her brand new comedy show ‘It’s Jester Joke’.

On her most ambitious world solo drag show to date, the self-proclaimed ‘Clown in a Gown’ tells tales of her world travels and the outrageous circus that is her life. Irreverent to the core and fabulously fierce, Bianca’s no-holds-barred style of comedy will once again shock and delight audiences. With her acerbic wit, a ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ manner and hilarious views on everything from politics to family, social media and all that lies in between, Bianca Del Rio has garnered a massive international following and has become one the biggest drag superstars in the world today.

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Lunga Shabalala to Host Cell C Inanda Africa Cup Polo 2019

Lunga Shabalala

Actor and TV presenter, Lunga Shabalala, will host the most prestigious polo tournament on the African sporting and social calendar, the Cell C Inanda Africa Cup, set to take place at the picturesque Inanda Club in Sandton, on Sunday, 16 June 2019.

With two weeks to go, the #CellCInandaAfricaCup promises to produce some of Africa’s top polo players and teams from the following outstanding African polo playing countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, who will partake in an enthralling weekend of polo and glamour, packed with red carpet moments shared with many of Mzansi’s A-list celebrities.

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Mark Banks on Ice! (Random Acts of Comedy)

Mark Banks has come out of hibernation to bring you his new One Man stand-up show called Mark Banks On Ice! Some nights, the Russian All-Star Mints will make a guest appearance.

This year, Mark is turning sixty and would love you to come celebrate his birthday with him in what is his favourite way to celebrate: You staring at him longingly and laughing as he talks non-stop for over an hour without anyone talking back to him.

In this completely new show, he will discuss all the things you’ve been thinking about – extreme Jo’burg security measures, Elon Musk’s plans for world domination, running into people from your high school who haven’t died yet and coping with life in general!

In Mark Banks on Ice, Mark will amaze you with jokes while “jete-ing” across the stage. He will wow you with his intellect while pirouetting on one toe. He will stun you with moves that don’t even have a name in French.

Will there be characters? Yes. Will there be plot twists? Definitely. Will there be ice? Hard to say.

Tickets are available from the Box Office at Montecasino and Computicket.

Tickets range from R130 – R180.

Show runs from 5 – 30 June 2019.

Wednesday – Saturday at 20h00, Saturday Matinee at 16:00 and Sunday Matinee at 15:00.

Mark Banks On Ice! @ The Pieter Toerien Theatre in Montecasino.

 

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Mother’s Day Concert at the Joburg Zoo

In case it has slipped your mind, this Sunday, 12 May, is Mother’s Day. Got nothing planned yet? How about listening to some of South Africa’s top musicians, all while taking in the beautiful surroundings at the Joburg Zoo, at this year’s 30th Mother’s Day Concert.

Over the years, the Mother’s Day Concert at the Zoo has become a hot item on Johannesburg’s events calendar and is attended by over 10 000 visitors.

Against the beautiful backdrop of the zoo, in a serene setting, families from all over Johannesburg can enjoy South Africa’s top and international acclaimed leading musicians live on stage – the sensational Mafikizolo, the incredible GoodLuck music band and the captivating singer-songwriter, Msaki. Dynamic Afro pop duo, Mafikizolo is an award-winning music group that’s behind favourite hits, like Khona and classics, Udakwa Njalo and Ndihamba Nawe. Electronic wizards, GoodLuck will entertain crowds with all-time favourites, including Back in the Day and Thinking About You. Msaki is sure to mesmerize visitors with her soulful sounds and smooth voice.

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Avengers: Endgame (Not a Review)

I saw Avengers: Endgame yesterday, like the rest of the planet. Am I a comic book fan? No. But I had such severe FOMO that I was compelled to go see it.

I had to watch its predecessor, Avengers: Infinity War to quickly catch up with the story line. That done, hubby and I popped off to the IMAX in CradleStone Mall – because how else are you going to watch Avengers Endgame if not on a gigantic screen with surround sound, hey? He is the one who watches more comic book movies and TV series, but I wound up answering his questions about “Who is that character again?”

I am not going to risk “life and limb” by doing an actual review of the movie because … did you see that Facebook story about the guy in Hong Kong who was beaten up because he shouted out spoilers to a line of waiting patrons who were about to see the movie. Instead, here are some interesting facts and figures about the box office takings thus far in South, East and West Africa, for Avengers Endgame.

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