New DiDi ride-hailing service takes a front seat in SA vaccination drive

DiDi, the Chinese ride-hailing service that started operating in Gauteng at the start of September, will subsidise approximately R1.5 million worth of trips to help get the people of South Africa to and from vaccination sites in Gauteng, Cape Town and Gqueberha.

DiDi will launch a vaccination drive in three provinces on 27 September 2021, offering 36,000 vouchers. Eligible riders that are registered on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) and DiDi’s Vaccine application system will get a return voucher that will entitle the qualifying riders to a R40 discount on their trip (total value of R80) and will expire 30 days after receipt.

DiDi is committed to playing its part in helping South Africans get vaccinated against COVID-19. Carina Smith-Allin, DiDi’s Head of PR and Communications for Sub-Saharan Africa, explains that a lack of accessibility to vaccination sites should not be the reason preventing South Africans from getting vaccinated. “Committed to our goal of being much more than just another ride-hailing service, DiDi has taken the initiative to launch our own vaccination drive.”

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Maybelline New York wants to see your face on billboards

Maybelline New York, the world’s #1 colour cosmetics brand*, is at it again!

In 2019, Maybelline broke the Guinness World Record for the most foundation shades matched in 8 hours, right here in Mzansi, and in 2020 they hosted the biggest exclusive virtual makeup master class in South Africa. **

This year they are at it again with their Maybelline Fit Us As We Are South Africa campaign which launched in August 2021.

“Maybelline continuously pushes the boundaries with its innovative products, packaging, formulas and advertising. We are now extending this innovative spirit to our consumers where they have the opportunity to be part of something big” says Marketa Havlik-Liebenberg, General Manager L’Oréal Consumer Products Division.

At Maybelline, we value engagement with our consumers and this campaign has gifted us the opportunity to make our consumers part of the Maybelline New York family by seeing their face on nationwide building wraps and billboards”.

To be part of the Fit Us As We Are South Africa campaign and competition, consumers must send their clear selfie holding a Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation to the Maybelline WhatsApp Line(+27318348838).

The picture must be of the consumer themselves and of no one else, and they will stand a chance to be 1 of 500 faces featured on 10 digital billboards and a massive building wrap sight in South Africa!

There are also 500 prizes worth R500 each up for grabs to everyone who enters the competition.

Terms and Conditions apply.

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Huawei launches the all-new nova series in South Africa

Introducing the HUAWEI nova 8 and HUAWEI nova Y60, the ultimate entertainment smartphones for Gen-Z on the market right now.

Huawei’s newest nova series raises the smartphone experience with a bold design, advanced camera capabilities and productivity-boosting features. The Huawei nova series specifically targets the African youth by bringing them not one but two spectacular devices that are price conscious, stylish and socially on-par with what is out there right now. These two devices are the HUAWEI nova 8 and HUAWEI nova Y60.

“Gen-Z pride themselves on being the most digitally connected generation that keeps getting better and better. They prefer bite-sized video content and are not about to start compromising now; that’s why Huawei has tailored two smartphones just for them that meet their needs,” says Justin Sun, General Manager of Huawei Consumer Business Group South Africa.

Huawei also announced its collaboration with sneaker brand Bathu and another exciting Huawei Joburg Day with 947 collab, for their event in October. “African youth are all about fashion and music, so these two collaborations are important for the nova series; we are very excited about the future,” explains Sun. “Bathu is uniquely African, and speaks to Gen Zers who value fashion and style, while Huawei Joburg Day with 947 has been entertaining this country’s youth with the best local musical talent for many years now.”

“Bathu is synonymous with the colourful South African spirit and has evolved beyond our imagined vision: cutting across ages, professions and places to resonate with any and everyone who appreciates innovation. We are thrilled to collaborate with the formidable Huawei nova 8 and Huawei nova Y60 series that heed the call to giving our consumers the ultimate style experience, in order to expand our reach as a brand,” says Theo Baloyi, the Founder and CEO of Bathu Sneakers.

947 is home to the best music, top artists and the biggest personalities. For the second time this year, Huawei Joburg Day returns. It’s just fitting that HUAWEI nova inspires the October edition of Huawei Joburg Day as the event becomes more engrained in youth and lifestyle culture through a fusion of fashion, design and music. This edition of Huawei Joburg Day forms part of 947’s popular Big September campaign, so listen to 947 over the next couple of weeks as we announce the exciting new artist line-up and big giveaways inspired by HUAWEI nova,” says Thando Makhunga, 947 Station Manager.

Introducing the HUAWEI nova 8

The HUAWEI nova 8 comes in a spectacular Blush Gold colour. It features a thin and light body that weighs only 169 g. From the back, the universe-inspired Nebular Camera System sits elegantly on the exquisite glass panel, giving the device a unique and highly recognisable look.

HUAWEI nova 8

The display on the HUAWEI nova 8 can render up to 1.07 billion colours, which allows the display to show smoother gradients and more realistic content in vivid colours. So, if you’re going to be spending hours on end watching Youtube videos, streaming video content or playing games, you’re guaranteed the best time because the quality will enhance your viewing pleasure even more.

Capture all the best angles

The HUAWEI nova 8 is equipped with a 64MP high resolution rear camera that lets you take vividly sharp photos. Using incredible 4-in-1 light fusion technology, it can capture more detail in crystal-clear quality whether during the day or at night. When taking photos at night, HUAWEI nova 8 Super Night Mode makes sure that you still capture your best angles ever. It makes your photos sharp, bright, and ready to share thanks to AI technology and the 120° Ultra-Wide Angle Camera. The Main Camera and Ultra-Wide Angle Camera on the back of the HUAWEI nova 8 work together to enable Dual-View Video. And, if you love selfies, the 32MP front camera snaps hi-res selfies which will make you the talk of the town among your social circles, because who doesn’t love a good selfie?

Super charge battery

The 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge support saves users the trouble of charging the device frequently, especially during games and movies. It can be charged to 60% in just 15 minutes and 100% in 35 minutes. In the time it takes to have a quick shower and breakfast, users can have the phone fully charged and ready to go.

And here is the HUAWEI nova Y60

Super smart cameras

If you are passionate about taking stunning pictures and sharing them on social media, then the HUAWEI nova Y60 will impress you. The HUAWEI nova Y60 comes with a solid AI Triple Camera, allowing users to capture clearer photos of everyday moments with ease. The 13MP Main Camera has an f/1.8 large aperture.

HUAWEI nova Y60

Even at night or in low-light conditions, the built-in noise reduction processes make photos look bright and clear. The 120° Ultra-Wide Angle Camera allows users to include more people in a group photo, while the Depth Camera creates a blurred background effect to make the subject stand out. The 8MP front camera and built-in AI Beauty algorithm offers customised beautifying effects, making the HUAWEI nova Y60 a great selfie phone. With a 6.6″ HUAWEI FullView Display, the new nova series gives users an immersive multimedia experience. Covered with a simple yet trendy hood, the HUAWEI nova Y60 is available in two classic colourways – Crush Green and Midnight Black.

More social media time thanks to longer battery life

Equipped with a 5000mAh large battery and Huawei’s power-saving AI Algorithms, the HUAWEI nova Y60 lets users explore as much of what they love on their phone throughout the day. Coupled with Ultra Power Saving mode, the smartphone can last longer even when the battery level is low, which is a welcome relief, especially if you’re on the go and rely heavily on your device.

The HUAWEI nova Series is designed to let the Gen-Zer enjoy the user-friendly experience and services of Huawei products at a more affordable price with the HUAWEI nova Y60 for R3099. And, if you’re into being the plug among your friends for all things cool and exclusive, then the HUAWEI nova 8 is the right device for you at R12 999.

Trace Academia Launches Free Online Vocational Training Platform in South Africa


Trace, in the presence of the honourable French Minister Elisabeth Moreno and South African partners, has formally announced the inauguration of Trace Academia in South Africa, and the signing of a protocol of cooperation between Trace, Senghor University in Egypt, and Agence Française de Développement (AFD), to create a training programme to develop and support the professionalization of the creative and cultural sector in Africa.
 
Elisabeth Moreno, the Minister for Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunities together with the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Trace, Olivier Laouchez and Trace Academia Co-MD, Prejlin Naidoo, launched the company’s latest youth empowerment programme.

Trace Academia is a free online vocational training platform built for young South Africans looking to build their skills to find or create jobs. Created in response to the high rate of youth unemployment in South Africa and the continent, Trace Academia will focus on empowerment through educating and training young people.
 
More than 50% of Africa’s population is under 25 years old. The youth are struggling with the effects of a longstanding economic and psychological crisis. The reach of the global pandemic has further accelerated the need for new approaches to education.
 
Trace Academia courses are created in collaboration with leading companies, institutions and experts to ensure that the skills provided are well matched to market needs. A localised, interactive and entertaining course format keeps the learner’s attention and significantly improves course completion rate.

Trace Academia will primarily target young South Africans in its inaugural year. The platform will launch with several locally produced training courses including Get Started with Digital Marketing (Grow with Google), How to Become a DJ (Trace), Spark your Interest in Electricity (Schneider Electric), Become a Successful Entrepreneur (Valued Citizens & UJ), Become a Real Handyman (Leroy Merlin) and Own Your Situation (Durex). Trace Academia will take the learner through the journey towards skill acquisition.

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New Reality TV Series in search of the Coolest OG in the Land

SABC2 recently partnered with Rebelintown Productions, for an upcoming new, first of its kind, reality series, THE COOLEST OG’S, which will give 12 South African senior citizens a chance to compete for a R100 000 cash prize and the title of The Coolest OG.

THE COOLEST OG’s starts on Sunday, 6th June 2021 at 18:30 on SABC 2.

An OG is someone who is incredibly exceptional, authentic and excellent in a classic way. Someone who is an expert in many facets of life and someone who has been around for a long time.

Featuring contestants from all walks of life, the series was shot across the country over 50 days and 50 nights, during the height of the global pandemic as the show captured the lives of 12 senior citizens from the ages of 60 to 80, confined in the safety of their own homes and exposed to fun and unusual challenges, ultimately on a quest to find THE COOLEST OG of them all.

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#TasteTheAction with Cadbury and 5 Legendary English Football Clubs

Stand the Chance to Score Your Seat at a  Match Day Experience in the UK

Over the last few months sports fans have missed out on so many sporting highlights.  Now Cadbury FC #TasteTheAction is back and this time, Cadbury has partnered with five of the top English Football clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur to bring South African fans closer to all the soccer action.

The #TasteTheAction campaign, which kicked off  on 1 September and runs until 31 October 2020, offers consumers the chance to buy a legend, in the form of two participating Cadbury products, and stand the chance to score one of three VIP legendary travel experiences and exciting weekly prizes. Choose between a premium trip to the UK (including a VIP match day experience) for you and a partner or pick your squad, made up of your three besties, and ‘live like legends’ on a local holiday in Camps Bay, Cape Town. All prize trips to be redeemed in 2021… now there’s something to look forward to!

‘’The noise, the fans singing your name, the roar when you’re chasing a goal – there’s nothing like match day, it’s the ultimate experience,’’ describes South African and Manchester United legend, Quinton Fortune, for fans lucky enough to enjoy a match day in the UK.

“Legendary experiences are meant to be enjoyed on and off the field and we are excited to join forces with some of the legends of soccer to give our local audience a true Taste of the Action. Now more than ever, people are looking for exciting experiences and we are glad to be able to deliver these to our fans.’’  – Lara Sidersky, Mondelez SA Category Lead for Chocolate.

Stand a chance to get lost in the stadium roar of football fandom and win a legendary holiday experience of a lifetime including flights, luxury accommodation, spending money, sightseeing tours, dinner experiences and a whole lot more. To enter, buy two of your favourite participating Cadbury legends including  Crunchie, 5Star, P.S, Lunch Bar and limited edition Cadbury Dairy Milk slabs in Astros, PS Caramilk, 5 Star and Crunchie variants*, dial *120*101112#, enter the unique code that can be found inside the pack and follow the prompts. It’s as simple as that!

There’s also an opportunity to rub shoulders, virtually, with host Andile Ncube and special guests including international soccer legends at the Cadbury #TasteTheAction Experience coming soon. The experience will be completely virtual, allowing you to attend from the comfort of your home.  With opportunities to ask questions and interact, all you’ll need is a stable internet connection and browser and you can access from a computer, tablet and even your phone.

Join the conversation on:

  • Facebook @LunchBarSA, @CadburyPS, @Cadbury5StarSA or @CadburyDairyMilkSA
  • Instagram @Cadbury_5starsa, @Cadburyps_bar, @cadbury_sa
  • Twitter @LunchBar_SA

#TasteTheAction

*Participating Cadbury chocolate bars: Lunch Bar 48g and 23g, Lunch Bar Dream 48g, P.S. Milk Chocolate 48g, P.S. Caramilk 48g and 19g, 5Star 48,5g, Crunchie 40g, Cadbury Dairy Milk Crunchie 150g, Cadbury Dairy Milk 5 Star 150g, Cadbury Dairy Milk Astros 150g and Cadbury Dairy Milk PS Caramilk 150g.

Visit https://cadbury.co.za/cadburylegends/

 

 

 

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Zeitz MOCAA WOZA at home online event

Join Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) online on 8 August from 6 p.m. (GMT+2) for WOZA at home, an evening of style, beautiful food, and art-making.

This virtual event picks up from the museum’s pre-lockdown WOZA Friday sessions when it would stay open late. There would be live music, art sessions on the rooftop, and museum scavenger hunts.

Now that it’s going online, they’re kicking up the lineup.

This month is all about style. The evening will include three virtual rooms: MOCAA Insights will feature conversations about fashion, MOCAA Making where attendees will be guided through art and food making, and MOCAA Vibes showcasing a musician and DJ.

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2020 Forbes Woman Africa Winners

 

Happy International Women’s Day!

Since today is #IWD, the below press release seemed pertinent to post about.

The 2020 FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Gala Dinner was held at Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC Complex in Durban on Friday, 6 March 2020. The glamorous event was held directly after the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit which was hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal government and presented by Mastercard.

“I’d like to extend congratulations to all the 2020 award winners for truly embodying this year’s summit theme, ‘The Ceiling Crashers 2.0: Power with Purpose’,” said Renuka Methil, Managing Editor of FORBES WOMAN AFRICA. “It was the perfect end to a day of enlightening of panel discussions and ‘In the Spotlight’ talks that showcased the strides being made by women everywhere. We hope these well-deserved awards serve to highlight the impact being made by these women and provide inspiration for our future leaders.”

Rakesh Wahi, founder the ABN Group, welcomed this year’s attendants to the glamorous awards’ ceremony. The opening address was given by KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, followed by the keynote address by KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala. Following these engaging talks, the 2020 winners were announced.

2020 FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Gala Dinner results:

Forbes Woman Africa Technology and Innovation Award
– Winner: Dr Aisha Pandor, Co-founder of SweepSouth, South Africa

Forbes Woman Africa Gen Y Award
– Winner: Nthabiseng Mosia, Founder of Easy Solar, Sierra Leone

Forbes Woman Africa Entertainer Award
– Winner: DJ Zinhle, South Africa

Forbes Woman Africa Entrepreneur Award
– Winner: Olajumoke Adenowo, Founder of Ad Consulting, Nigeria

Forbes Woman Africa Male Gender Advocate Award
– Winner: Bafana Khumalo, Co-founder of Sonke Gender Justice, South Africa

Forbes Woman Africa Social Impact Award
– Winner: Charmaine Mabuza, Co-founder of Zamani Holdings, South Africa

Forbes Woman Africa Pioneer Award
– Winner: Irene Charnley, Founder and Deputy Chairman of Smile Telecoms Holdings

Forbes Woman Africa Chairperson Award
– Winner: Ibukun Awosika, Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria

Forbes Woman Africa Legacy Award

– Winner: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, South Africa

Image credit: @maru_a_nele Photografik


Dr Aisha Pandor, Co-founder of SweepSouth, South Africa.

 


Nthabiseng Mosia, Founder of Easy Solar, Sierra Leone.

 


DJ Zinhle, South Africa.

 

Olajumoke Adenowo, Founder of Ad Consulting, Nigeria and Bafana Khumalo,

Co-founder of Sonke Gender Justice, South Africa.

 


Charmaine Mabuza, Co-founder of Zamani Holdings, South Africa.

 

Irene Charnley, Founder and Deputy Chairman of Smile Telecoms Holdings.

 


Ibukun Awosika, Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria.

 

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, South Africa.

 

Tracy Morgan – No Disrespect South Africa Tour

Legendary comedian, Tracy Morgan, has announced his 2020 No Disrespect world tour which includes three back-to-back shows around South Africa – Cape Town on the 29th May, Durban on the 30th May and Pretoria on the 31st May.

Tickets are available via Ticketpro.

Blu Blood has always been on the forefront of bringing quality entertainment to South African stages and we are extremely honoured to be adding Tracy Morgan to our portfolio.  Tracy is one of the most respected comedians in this field and he adds an exciting element to this year’s social calendar,” comments Blu Blood MD, Osman Osman.  

Tracy Morgan is best known for his appearances on Saturday Night Live and his role as ‘Tracy Morgan’ in seven seasons of NBC’s Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning, 30 Rock, opposite Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.  His film credits include Paramount’s rom-com film, What Men Want with Taraji P. Henson and The Longest Yard opposite Adam Sandler and he has also lent his voice to hit animations Rio, Rio 2 and the Oscar-nominated, Boxtrolls.   Across his career, he has had stand-up specials on Netflix, HBO and Comedy Central and has headlined comedy tours and festivals around the world.

Morgan can currently be seen in the second season of TBS’ The Last OG, which has recently been renewed for a third season.  He can next be heard voicing the role of Fox in Netflix’s Green Eggs & Ham, as well as Caption Caveman in the upcoming 2020 feature, Scoob.

Tickets for Tracy Morgan’s No Disrespect tour start from R350 and are available through Ticketpro.  The show carries a PG-18 age restriction.

Tracy Morgan: No Disrespect is proudly brought to South Africa by leaders in entertainment, Blu Blood in association with Comedy Central, East Coast Radio and KFM.

 

Tour Dates:

Friday, 29th May @ Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town (8PM)

Saturday, 30th May @ Durban ICC, Durban (8PM)

Sunday, 31st May @ Sun Arena at Time Square, Pretoria (6PM)


Find Tracy Morgan:
www.tracymorgan.com
Facebook: tracymorgan
Instagram: @tracymorgan
Twitter: @realtracymorgan

Standard Bank Polo in the Park at Steyn City

Standard Bank and newly founded, African Deluxe Company, hosted the very first Polo In The Park event in Africa on Saturday 16 November. This spectacular event took place at the luxurious Parkland Residence, Steyn City. The new Polo Park, specifically built for this event, created a magnificent backdrop, with breath-taking views of Steyn City’s manicured parklands, overlooking the pristine Jack Nicklaus designed golf course and international award-winning clubhouse.

“Since inception, Steyn City has set out to create the space for families and friends to spend time together, doing what they love best,” comments Tammy Menton, Group Head of Marketing and Events, Steyn City Properties. “Polo in the Park is a perfect example of this, an event which speaks to our own ethos, which revolves around providing a lifestyle that’s unrivalled by anything else in South Africa.  Of course, given facilities like our world class equestrian centre, it goes without saying that many of our residents are equine enthusiasts!”

Mishkah Roman-Cassiem

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