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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Fast & Furious Greatest Moments: Refuelled on E! Entertainment

If you are a Fast & Furious fan, then this news is sure to get your engine going!

In anticipation of the launch of “Fast X”, FAST & FURIOUS GREATEST MOMENTS: REFUELLED will broadcast on E! AFRICA (DStv channel 124) on 19 May at 21:00 CAT.

You can also catch up with the previous films from 15 May with Studio Universal’s FAST & FURIOUS WEEK.

FAST X  will premiere in cinemas from Friday 19 May 2023.

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Ed Sheeran Performs His New Album In Full For The First Time on Apple Music Live

Ed Sheeran’s performance officially kicks off Season Two of Apple Music Live – the live performance series that gives the biggest stars in music a stage to connect with audiences around the world.

The star-studded inaugural season of Apple Music Live kicked off in May 2022 with an exclusive livestream of Harry Styles’s One Night Only in New York performance to celebrate the release of his acclaimed album Harry’s House.

Additional standouts included Billie Eilish’s Live at the O2 performance, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Film; Alicia Keys’s first-ever Holiday Masquerade Ball; and riveting performances from chart-topping artists Lil DurkMary J. BligeLuke Combs, and Wizkid.

Explore the full lineup of past performances in the Apple Music Live archive.   

Ahead of his Apple Music Live performance, during an interview with Matt Wilkinson to preview the set, Sheeran shared: “I’m really excited. I think it’s going to be a really beautiful night. I think it’ll probably be one of the best shows I’ve ever played for so many reasons.”

The full interview is available to watch HERE.    

Sheeran is one of the top performing artists of all time on Apple Music, with more than 9.5 billion plays globally and 240 million Shazam tags. His smash 2017 single “Shape of You” is the most streamed song of all time on Apple Music, with more than 930 million plays worldwide. More than 45 of Sheeran’s songs have reached No. 1 on the Daily Top 100. His new album, , (pronounced Subtract) became the most pre-added album on Apple Music of all time, with lead single “Eyes Closed” reaching the Daily Top 100 in 87 countries — his 21st song to reach the top 25 on Apple Music’s Daily Top 100: Global chart.

Watch a trailer HERE

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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L’Oréal Paris Appoints Their First Sub-Saharan African Dermatologist – Dr Ayanda Motau

Dr Ayanda Motau

L’Oréal Paris recently announced their partnership with Dermatologist Dr Ayanda Motau. A first ever for the African continent. 
 
L’Oréal understands that there is no “one-fits-all” approach when it comes to beauty on the African continent. Their mission is to offer women and men in Africa the best of cosmetics innovation in terms of quality, efficacy, and safety because at L’Oréal, beauty is a science, a language and even a commitment. This partnership with Dr Motau represents a significant step towards this strategic mission.
 
Dr Motau is a young South African Dermatologist specialising in skin conditions affecting African skin and will be representing the Sub-Saharan Africa on their International Board of Dermatologists.

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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.

Heart FM Adds AI-Generated Presenter to Line-Up

In a first for South Africa, Western Cape radio station Heart FM will be adding a new personality to its line-up tomorrow, an entirely Artificial Intelligence (AI) generated radio presenter.

Jay I, is Cape Town’s first AI on-air personality and will be presenting the country’s first fully AI-generated radio show which include an AI-generated playlist, content and features. The show will broadcast in the early hours of Saturday morning the 8th of April 2023 between 01h00 and 04h00.  His intellect, personality and opinions are entirely artificially generated.

Jay I is also capable of evolving according to listener preferences, feedback, and other inputs. His voice is a representation of several professional voices tuned to deliver a great voice for radio.

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“We Will Rock You” Comes to South Africa

The brand-new production and major world tour of Queen and Ben Elton’s multi award-winning rock musical We Will Rock You, featuring an all-South African cast, crew and band began in Manila, The Philippines in October 2022.  After touring Asia, this hit musical opened in South Africa at Montecasino’s Teatro on Friday, 10 March 2023 to critical acclaim and rave reviews.

After the Teatro season closes on 16 April, We Will Rock You moves to the Cape for a four-week season at the Artscape Theatre Centre from Friday, 05 May to Sunday, 04 June 2023.  Thereafter the We Will Rock You World Tour continues in various territories abroad. Tickets for the South African seasons remain at pre-COVID prices. Purchase today at www.showtime.co.za or Ticketmaster https://bit.ly/RockYouSA2023

We Will Rock You is not a tribute show, nor does it tell the story of Queen or the legendary Freddie Mercury. Instead, We Will Rock You is a large full scale new vision musical theatre production with its own storyline set to the music of 24 of Queen’s most popular hits, including Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Killer Queen, and the worldwide favourites We are the Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody and of course, We Will Rock You. The show is about a group of bohemians in a dystopian future without musical instruments. A handful of rock rebels, the Bohemians together with society misfits Scaramouche and Galileo, embark on the search to find the unlimited power of freedom, love and the rebirth of the age of rock. 

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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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