Crocheting is Cool with Mama Kea

The word crochet is likely to conjure images of your grandmother’s doilies. However, two young entrepreneurs in Newtown, Johannesburg are setting the record straight.

The strength of Mama Kea lies in its combination of young and old talent. It started when the founders, Sicelo Mabuza and his business partner Khulani Sikhosana, teamed up with two elderly women, Irene Mabitsela and Emma Mavimbela, who they met selling crochet beanies at the Soweto Arts and Craft Fair back in 2015.

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Barbie Loves Gert Collection

Barbie has announced a collaboration with celebrated fashion designer Gert-Johan Coetzee, who has created a new ready to wear South African-inspired collection, and couture dress made specifically to fit the number one fashion doll in the world.

The Barbie Loves Gert collection, comprised of 31 looks, celebrates the uniqueness of South Africans. This is the first time the international fashion icon Barbie, is working with Gert-Johan Coetzee, one of South Africa’s most loved and admired fashion designers, to debut original designs that are immediately distinguishable as creations by this established and celebrated designer. All genders, sizes, and cultures are represented in the work by Gert-Johan Coetzee, and the models who walk in the show reflect Coetzee’s commitment to diversity. 

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“BARAKAT” is South Africa’s Official Selection for the 94th Annual Academy Awards

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is pleased to announce that the first South African Muslim film shot in Afrikaans, (actually AfriKaapsBarakat, has been selected as South Africa’s official submission for the 94th Annual Academy Awards.

Directed by Amy Jephta and produced by Ephraim Gordon, co-founders of production companies PaperJet Films and Nagvlug Films, Barakat was released in cinemas in early 2021. The screenplay is by writing-producing team Amy Jephta and Ephraim Gordon who made their debut at South Africa’s 2017 kykNET Silwerskerm Festival with their short film Soldaat (Soldier), for which they won Best Screenplay and Best Short. 

Barakat Official Trailer

Jephta, a celebrated theatre practitioner, director and writer, also scripted South Africa’s official 2018 Golden Globes submission for Foreign Film, Ellen: The Story of Ellen Pakkies. In 2019, she was awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award for theatre. Actor and director Gordon starred in Nosipho Dumisa’s critically acclaimed 2018 debut, Number 37, which premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW).

“I am so proud that this film has reached as many people as it has, and to be recognised by South Africa in this way is incredibly special,” said director Amy Jephta.  “Even after an extremely challenging year for our film industry, we’re honoured that a small story about a family has connected us.”

Producer Ephraim Gordon added: “This was totally unexpected, but it shows that everyone’s hard work on this project has paid off. This film was a blessing from the beginning and continues to be.  It is our barakat.”

‘Barakat’ is an Arabic word denoting blessings, abundance and prosperity. The film follows the trials and tribulations of Aisha Davids (played by veteran acress Vinette Ebrahim), a widow who has to preserve the peace between four sons struggling to come to terms with the death of their father two years after the fact. Her sons, Zunaid (Joey Rasdien), Zaid (Mortimer Williams), Yaseen (Keeno Lee Hector) and Nur (Danny Ross) return to their family home to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr (or Labarang, as it’s called in Cape Town), the celebration marking the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan. They’ve never dealt with their father’s death or the void his passing has left. Each son’s unprocessed pain manifests in constant familial conflict, saddening their mother as she tries to move on with her own life.

The 94th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, the 27th March 2022.

Barakat was developed in partnership with MNET and funded in association with the NFVF, the DTIC, IDC as well as Indigenous Film Distribution, the South African distributor of the film.

Moyo Melrose Arch launches new signature menu

moyo Melrose Arch is synonymous for its vibrancy, face painting and mostly for its original take on African cuisine. Think Maputo peri peri chicken to beef dombolo potjie. This winter moyo Melrose Arch is launching a fantastic signature menu called “Taste of the Wild”. The menu will take you on a wild journey through Africa, tasting exotic game meat prepared in unique and delicious ways. moyo, meaning heart in Swahili, is the perfect way to describe how much love and time is put into cooking the various dishes.

“We have specially created unique marinades for every type of game, ensuring tenderness and dishes packed with flavour,” explains Martin Van der Walt, Executive Chef at moyo Melrose Arch.

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Christmas at Sandton City

If you are like me, and you don’t have plans to leave Johannesburg or South Africa for the festive season, then best you check out what you can do in Jozi while everyone else is soaking up the sun on some island somewhere.

If you’re stuck here, then you may as well enjoy it – less traffic, more parking spots and better service at restaurants, not to mention all the festive fun that Sandton  City is offering.

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Welcome to Mzansi Life & Style!

I started this blog because I love Mzansi (South Africa) and I want to showcase the stunning style, happenings and life that is all part and parcel of living at the Southern tip of Africa.

I was born in beautiful Cape Town and migrated to Jozi (Johannesburg) in 2003 for work purposes. Attending functions, parties, launches and site-seeing became part of my life, coupled with sourcing celebs for the show I content produced (Spirit Sundae on SABC1). Besides this, getting to know the highways and byways of Jozi, increasing my social circle and having ambrosial culinary experiences begs to be documented. And since my being hired as a Lifestyle Editor for a local glossy is as rare as winning the Lotto, I decided to make this blog one of my dream jobs.

So, you can look forward to highlights of events, what’s hip ‘n happening, behind the scenes of shoots with celebs and my own personal sartorial elegance.

First pic – the very practical and comfortable, yet stylish, Black Coffee Concept Dress that I wore to this year’s SA Music Awards.