Steyn City’s City Centre – Retail Offering Launched

Giuseppe Plumari (co-founder and Deputy Chair Steyn City Properties) & Carolyn Steyn flank the bronze bust of Douw Steyn

Steyn City recently marked the opening of its vibrant retail elements at its flagship City Centre – the internationally ranked lifestyle estate’s latest luxe apartment development – with a Night Under the Stars – a glorious celebration of fine food, art and music.

Bringing together the cream of South African celebrities and socialites, media and performers, Steyn City’s celebration had all the hallmarks of the development’s signature style and elan. Famous faces in attendance included the likes of Hot 1027fm DJ Bunny Majaja, interior designer Bilala Mabuza, Grammy award winning flautist Wouter Kellerman, Sharon Wapnick and Frank Kramer, Bantu Holomisa, artists Gary Stevens and Philemon Hlungwani, internationally recognised jewellery designer Kevin Friedman and his industry peer, Angela Yeung, actress Angela Kilian, Sharon Barkhuizen and Colleen Teklenburg, sisters of Carolyn Steyn, and Trent and Mark Read of the Everard Read Gallery. Guests were chauffeured in style by Steyn City’s on-site ride hailing service, Hailo.

“Steyn City’s ‘wow’ factor has been very much in evidence since inception, giving residents an opportunity to experience convenience and luxury in a setting that has no comparison,” says Steven Louw, CEO of Steyn City Properties. “The City Centre continued this tradition when it launched in 2021. Offering urban living of an unprecedented standard, it impressed purchasers and lessees alike with its groundbreaking design, the spaciousness of the homes and the array and quality of facilities within our unparalleled 2000 acre parkland.”

Those facilities include the recently unveiled retail stores in the City Centre’s piazzas, all in keeping with the City Centre’s accent on unabashed luxury.

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Rubicon’s Latest Collection at SA Fashion Week

21 April 2023 saw the House of Rubicon bring to life an authentic celebration of heritage with the showcasing of their latest collection at South Africa Fashion Week.

Commemorating twenty-one years as a style and culture institution in South Africa’s fashion landscape, Rubicon’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection marries the eastern and western influences with African elegance, while paying homage to the reimagined Myth of Origin story about the lost kingdom of Mapungubwe. 

Founder and Creative Director, Hangwani Nengovhela draws inspiration from the landscapes and artifacts recovered at the world heritage site. The kingdom’s origins, passed through oral history, tell a tale of three brothers journeying through the region. One brother was inspired to stop and sleep over while the other two traveled on. He awoke the next morning to the breathtaking sight of Mapungubwe’s landscape with it’s beautiful salt pans. This brother went on to establish the kingdom that would later be known as both an economic and cultural trading hub inviting travelers from throughout the continent as well as overseas, including Europe and Asia to make the journey to trade in gold, pottery, beading, and other items that were highly coveted in the great iron age. 

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Secrets of the Elephants lands on Disney+

 © National Geographic

This past week, I had the privilege of attending a media trip for the launch of National Geographic’s 4 part series called “Secrets of the Elephants.” We were hosted by the team from Disney+ and National Geographic at the Ivory Tree Game Lodge in the Pilanesberg in the North West Province, South Africa. More about this incredible trip will follow in later posts, including the game drives we experienced, where we saw magnificent, close up elephant sightings.

For now, here’s what you need to know about the broadcast of this truly amazing series.

With today being Earth Day, it was apt for National Geographic to premiere the next instalment of the award-winning Secrets Of natural history franchise. On Saturday 22 April 2023, the four-part “Secrets Of The Elephants” premiered on Disney+ as well as across Africa on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182, StarSat 221).

An adult desert elephant uses its trunk to throw dust onto their back as a form of ‘sunscreen’ which helps cool them down and protect them from insects. (National Geographic for Disney/Robbie Labanowski). © National Geographic
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East Coast Radio House + Garden Show

The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show is set to take place from 1 – 9 July 2023, at the Durban Exhibition Centre. This year’s theme ‘My Home, My Way’, will come alive in a symphony of colour, sounds and tastes. Uncover how to reimagine your most treasured space that incorporates your ultimate comfort, entertainment, functional living spaces and a sustainable lifestyle.

This year, the team is re-invigorating the 9-day experience with everything you need to turn your home and garden into your ultimate sanctuary. Discover the latest trends in home decor, technology, sustainability and gardening, try your hand at some exciting DIY, or sample delicious local food and drinks. With something for everyone to enjoy, you’ll be spoilt for choice discovering exhibitors that will inspire innovation and spark ideas to make your home your own.

Along with the show favourites, like the Home Grown Design Fair, the Hirsch’s stand and the Foodie Fair, the Property Pavilion will also be back for the second consecutive year but with even more developments on display and exciting insights and property education delivered by experts from the industry.

As KZN’s biggest home, garden and lifestyle expo, the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show has created a local marketplace of inspiration, creativity, innovation, collaboration, demonstrations, entertainment and craftmanship at its best. The East Coast House + Garden Show brings over 350 exhibitors together for 9 days at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 1-9 July 2023. It’s a one-of-a-kind home and garden experience for shoppers and idea hunters!

For more information visit the website www.housegardenshow.co.za or follow Instagram and Facebook using @housegardenshow.

Rihanna’s Teaser for Super Bowl Halftime Show 

Rihanna recently released an official trailer, teasing her highly anticipated return to music as the headliner for the first ever Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show, taking place on Sunday, 12 February 2023. 

Watch it HERE

With the Halftime Show just a few short days away, fans can get “Rih”-acquainted with all things Rihanna on Apple Music HERE and with the new Apple Music Sing fans can now sing their favorite Rihanna songs with adjustable vocals and real-time lyrics with multiple lyric views to help fans take the lead, perform duets, sing backup, and more.

The multi-year partnership between The NFL and Apple Music brings together the Super Bowl Halftime Show, the most-watched musical performance of the year, with Apple Music, which celebrates musicians, songwriters, producers and fans, and offers the world’s best music listening experience with a catalog of over 100 million songs, and immersive sound powered by Spatial Audio.

Apple revolutionized the music experience with iPod and iTunes, and continues the award-winning tradition with Apple Music.

Launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S23 Series

This week I attended the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S23 Series at Artistry in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. unveiled the Galaxy S23 Ultra, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23, marking a new era of Galaxy’s ultimate premium phone experience. Samsung Galaxy’s most epic camera gives users more freedom to explore their creativity, like capturing truly cinematic Nightography videos with transformative artificial intelligence (AI). The Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy unleashes a future-ready mobile gaming experience and powerfully sustained game play, supported by exclusive chipset enhancements made possible by Samsung’s close collaboration with Qualcomm. Galaxy S23 series’ new standard-setting innovations are housed within a striking design that advances Samsung’s sustainability commitment with the more recycled materials of any Galaxy smartphone.

“The most impactful technology is measured, not just by what it enables for people today, but also how it contributes to a better future,” said TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics. “Galaxy S23 Ultra and the entire Galaxy S series line-up are the new standard-bearers of a trustworthy premium smartphone experience that merges industry-leading innovation and future-forward sustainability.”

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QWEST TV Launches on DSTV

With exclusive access to high-end music, great concerts, documentaries and never-seen archived interviews, the global music streaming platform, QWEST TV, officially launched on DStv channel 330 recently.
 
Music lovers will now be able to access QWEST TV via the DStv bouquet (channel 330) as well as on the Showmax platform. The Channel will be included in all the DStv packages in 44 countries across the continent.
 
Available exclusively to DStv customers, the channels offering includes:

  • Exclusive concerts from legendary artists as well as Rising Stars from across the globe
  • Premium music documentaries
  • Archived artist footage
  • Unreleased interviews with music icons including Erykah Badu, Questlove, Salif Keita, Gregory Porter, Marcus Miller, Seun Kuti, Kamasi Washington and Fatoumata Diawara

 
Founded in 2017 by musical genius, the legendary Quincy Jones, alongside TV and music producer and programmer Reza Ackbaraly,  Qwest TV plans to bring genre-agnostic musical content to the African continent.

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Cotton Fest Line-Up Confirmed for Johannesburg

Following the successful Cape Town edition, the highly anticipated Cotton Fest returns to Johannesburg and has a confirmed line-up.

Taking place in the inner city on Saturday, the 4th of February, the festival will once again merge both established and young emerging local talents performing live across three energy packed stages.

Founded to showcase the diversities in various popular music genres with the aim of fusing the gaps within the different local movements, the event platform also celebrates fashion and sport.

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Just Teddy Unveiled in Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton

I recently attended the launch of the fine boutique pâtisserie and boulangerie Just Teddy in Nelson Mandela Square. The event was spectacular, with belly dancers showing off their mystical moves, which mesmerized those in attendance.

Just Teddy is renowned for having redefined heritage haute cuisine, curating a fashion-inspired fusion of Parisian delights fused with Middle Eastern flair. Now, visitors to Nelson Mandela Square can savour and experience the luxury café dining and world-class confectionery creations that accompany Just Teddy’s signature savoir-faire, with a new dining destination that was unveiled recently in Africa’s richest square mile.

The emerald of Nelson Mandela Square, Just Teddy, takes its Middle Eastern flavour even further.  The décor was inspired by the chic decadence of Dubai, offering purveyors of fine banqueting everything the brand is renowned for, and more, now with a sumptuous dinner menu added to the bespoke experience. Additionally, a champagne bar and semifreddo station will add to the exclusive artistry of the Nelson Mandela Square experience.

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Maserati Grecale Launches in South Africa


A few years ago I got to experience the magic of Maserati when I test drove one of their convertibles at the GeroTech driving range. So I was excited when the invitation to the new Maserati Grecale popped into my inbox!

So off we went, to the launch of the new Maserati Grecale in Bryanston, Johannesburg.

Grecale strikes the right balance between versatilityeleganceperformance and innovation, guaranteeing performance, comfort and safety, all at the same time. These features are combined with off-road capabilities and uncompromising driving pleasure.
Developed at the Maserati Innovation Lab in Modena, the new SUV is produced at the Cassino plant.

Grecale is a range within the range, the Trident brand’s fullest ever. An extremely wide range of engines is available: conventional internal combustion, hybrid and, in a year’s time, Grecale will also be the first full-electric SUV in Maserati history.

Three versions are coming to South Africa:

GT, powered by a four-cylinder mild hybrid engine capable of delivering 300 hp; 

Modena, with a four-cylinder 330-hp mild hybrid engine;

and the powerful Trofeo, equipped with a high-performance 3.0L 530-hp petrol V6 based on the Nettuno engine fitted to the MC20.

At launch, the Grecale is also available in the PrimaSerie Launch Edition, a limited edition featuring exclusive content.

To complete the range, the Grecale Folgore, the 100% electric version with 400V technology.

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