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December 2017
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Goodbye 2017
.... and just like that, the year is over.

We'd like to take this moment to Thank You All. 
Our Readers, Our Contributors, Our Clients, Our Customers, Our Suppliers and our Advertisers.

We wish you All The Best for the Year Ahead.
Stay Safe!
 
COMPETITIONS!
Château Gâteaux 2017 Year-End Competition
One Lucky Winner Stands a Chance to WIN a 24cm Gourmet Gâteaux from Château Gâteaux!
Enter Now!
NOW ON!
The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers Animal-Free Circus
The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers animal-free circus will be at Emperors Palace Hotel, Casino, Convention and Entertainment resort from 8 December to 15 January 2018 after to coincide with the spectacular Garden of Lights, a winter wonderland and light extravaganza packed with festive fun activities for the whole family, which will run from 8 December to 03 January 2018.
Are there still tickets available?
Pinocchio
Catch the last few shows of this year's pantomime, Pinocchio before curtains close on December 30th.
Book Now!
NEWS & TRENDS
Appeal to the community for "Back to School" stationery collection drive
With a successful book donation campaign having recently ended, Park Boulevard Centre in Durban North are once again appealing to the community to dig into their children’s old stationery piles, or add on some extra pens and books onto the stationery list for next year, to help out those children who cannot help themselves, and who need these tools to be educated.
Where is the drop off point?
Daring New Album Completes Toya Delazy's Trilogy
Launched under her own label, Delazy Entertainment, Uncommodified celebrates Toya Delazy’s signature jazz/electro/hip-hop style amidst a rich tapestry of international influences, with sound inspiration from Solomun, Black Coffee, Stormzy and Benjamin Clementine.
Is the album out yet?
Krispy Kreme South Africa celebrates the Holidays in true festive spirit
It is the most wonderful time of year and Krispy Kreme South Africa is sharing the holiday cheer with fans as they launch three limited edition doughnuts and a holiday inspired chiller that will turn Santa’s Ho Ho Ho’s into Yay Yay Yay’s.
When is this special available until?
Multi-award winning, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa sets the bar high in 2017
The spectacular, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa continues to demonstrate its cutting-edge relevance and elegance by adding numerous, prestigious awards to their already impressive list of accolades.
Amazing news!
A Christmas Out of this World
Menlyn Park Shopping Centre will be illuminating its Cavendish Court entertaining thousands of guests this holiday season with the aim of helping the countless number of children living with traumatic facial conditions. Through its Christmas Out of This World activities that have been spread across the mall, the mall has committed extending its community to benefit the Smile Foundation.
That's Awesome!
Embassy of Japan Invests in South African Communities
On the 27th and 28th of November 2017, the Embassy of Japan in South Africa visited the communities of Hectorspruit and Kamdladla, respectively, for the handover ceremonies for the Provision of Farming Equipment to Sivulindlela Community Development (in Hectorspruit) and for the Construction of a Drop in Centre in Vlakbult (in Kamdladla).
Great news!
A Shared Desire to do Truly Great Work
Discovery has appointed integrated communications agency MetropolitanRepublic as its agency of record across its South African operation.
Amazing!
North West Goes Digital
Health and Education are vital to a community’s development and growth. Samsung’s digital villages are changing lives around the country.
That's great, let me read more about this!
South Africans Fix Anything
There are many things about our country that make us smile and sometimes shake our heads in bewilderment and Nando’s has yet again managed to sum this up in their latest ad.
I want to see the Ad!
Ostrich Learning to Fly Takes Home 7 Medals
Samsung’s ‘Ostrich’ television commercial, which was filmed in South Africa, won awards in seven categories at this year’s prestigious Clio Awards, including one gold in the short film category (1-5 min), four silvers in direction, cinematography, animation and visual effects and two bronze places for editing and music.
Great work!
Bestowed by African Leadership Awards
Innovative Solutions Group TM, a South African based company with headquarters in Pretoria, has walked away with two prestigious awards during the recent African Leadership Awards, held in Mauritius.
Well done!
Cheese and Eggs Go in the Door and Leftovers on the Middle Shelf
With the innovation that Samsung refrigerators bring, the appliances do a lot of the thinking for you.
Where are they available?
Neutrality and Texture for newly reopened Nando's Grand West Casino
In the Nando’s fashion of staying ahead of the curve, their newly refurbished restaurant at Grand West Casino, Cape Town has reopened, featuring a new modern contemporary look and feel.   
Wow!
App Your Life
The Samsung Galaxy Note8 has made it far easier to manage your most used-apps by allowing you to open two at a time – and the extra-large screen means you can easily navigate both.
What other features are there?
I was walking my IoT the other day when this AI came up to me asking about my IT
Samsung's Bixby makes life easier, more understandable and way more fun
What does Bixby do?
Microwave Cooking Helps Maintain Nutritional Value
Finding healthy and quick recipes to nourish the family is always a challenge, but with Samsung's range of digital appliances, life is made just that bit easier
What can it do?
The Evolution of Gaming
The Gaming industry is moving quickly from a technology perspective – Samsung is moving as quickly with innovation to enhance game-play and address the unique and specific needs of serious players
This is amazing!
Fatigue is Top Safety Issue for Truck Drivers on SA Roads
“Driver fatigue is one of the greatest challenges faced by South Africa’s truck drivers. This is why we are so adamant that our drivers take regular breaks and get the necessary rest when they are on long trips,” says Arnoux Maré, CEO of Innovative Solutions Group TM.
How do we outsource our drivers?
A Legacy of Sustainable Solutions and Service Excellence
Samsung’s high-spec variant refrigerant flow (VRF) air-conditioning solution for Sandton’s tallest building is a masterpiece in planning and sustainable service delivery.
When will it be opened?
Refreshing View on Gaming Needs
Here’s how the Samsung QLED Gaming Monitor can help you up your game.
 
Show me how!
ZEISS Gives Brilliant Young Minds a Financial Leg-Up
Multinational optical and optoelectronic technology company, ZEISS South Africa, granted bursaries to two brilliant young South African students, Loretta Magagula and Sthembile Mbotwe, this year to assist them in completing their doctoral studies.
Wow amazing!
Canon reaches wide format milestone with 10,000 Océ CrystalPoint engines installed worldwide
Canon Europe, a world leader in imaging solutions, is proud to announce that its Océ CrystalPoint technology has reached an important milestone as 10,000 Océ ColorWave engines powered with this technology have been installed worldwide.
Congrats!
New and Enhanced Wearables Combine Best in Smart Living, Fitness and Health
Samsung’s Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear Icon X helps you to get the most out of your day and to live a healthy and well-balanced life. 
Where is this available?
Decorex Shares Hottest 2018 Home, Decor and Design Trends
The finest lifestyle, design and décor trends pulsating across the globe have been expertly identified and elegantly finessed by the Decorex SA team into the 2018 #rhythmoflife trends, set to feature at the Decorex SA exhibitions.
We can't wait for Decorex 2018!!
The Read Online Shop Takes Literacy to the Next Level
Never skipping a beat and in keeping with technological trends, READ Educational Trust in conjunction with Reading Matters is extremely pleased to offer patrons the convenience of buying a variety of items online, which is fast becoming one of the preferred ways of purchasing in South Africa.
How can I purchase items?
KZN schools change lives one pair of shoes at a time
Hundreds of learners from 11 schools in the greater Durban area and the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands ended the school year having made a phenomenal difference in the lives of some of the province’s most disadvantaged children. The learners donated more than 1400 pairs of new and pre-loved school shoes as part of NGO, Blue Sky Society Trust’s Soul2Sole initiative in conjunction with The Lion Match Company and Aramex.
That's so Inspiring!
Midway Mews benefits from make over
The R30 million redevelopment programme at Midway Mews, which is due to be completed in 2018, is already having a positive impact on the shopping experience in Midrand.
Impressive!
Springfield Value Centre wants to send you to Rio de Janiero Carnival
One lucky shopper who spends R300 or more at the Springfield Value Centre between now and January 15, 2018 could win an opportunity to sway to the rhythm  of the drums at the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, in Brazil.
How do I enter?
Graskop Gorge Opens
It is all systems go for the Graskop Gorge viewing lift and it is looking awesome.
Fantastic! When can we see it?
REGENT Business School expands its footprint in Africa launches a global Pan-African MBA
REGENT Business School has launched its distance-learning MBA in North Africa with two of its partner institutions from the Honoris United Universities Pan African higher education network.
How do I register?
A festive feast awaits at the Cargo Hold
Taking on a new vintage chic look, Cargo Hold chef, Warren Frantz and his team, has created a scrumptious menu to match and certainly has something for everyone – from vegetarians to those who prefer a lighter meal as well as those who go all out for hearty fare.
Reserve my table!
2018 Durban Fashion Fair Mentorship Designers Announced
As part of the Fashion Development Programme which is proudly supported by eThekwini Municipality, the journey for 2018 kicked off with the showcasing of talented designer creations in the hope of securing a place on the catwalk during the fashion week, at the Durban Fashion Fair which takes place in August.
Cool!
Keeping Young Men off the Streets and Guaranteeing Employment
Samsung South Africa’s Boys to Men Project educates young boys and guarantees employment through vocational technical training and life skills development
Great work!
Mhondoro Safari Lodge Yoga Wellness
Mhondoro Safari Lodge will team up with a renowned international yoga instructor and detox specialist to present an exclusive post-festive season Yoga Wellness Safari (4-Day/3-Night) at the 5-star lodge in the Welgevonden Game Reserve (Limpopo) from 26 to 29 January 2018.
How do I book?
Siyajabula Centre - Home for Orphans
uShaka Marine World recently hosted the Siyajabula Centre - Home for Orphans, who enjoyed a Christmas party at the Park.
This is amazing!
It's Dangerous to Skimp on Personal Protective Equipment
Anton Zwanepoel, Business Unit Manager of Innovative PPE Solutions, cautions companies against being frugal when it comes to PPE. 
How can we do this?
Top Three Tips for Taking Care of your Smartphone Battery
To ensure you get the most out of your battery and device, Samsung’s enhanced multi-layer safety protocol was formalised and implements the strictest safety standards on every element of devices, including the overall design and materials used, device hardware strength and capabilities, and improved software algorithms for safer battery charging temperature, current and duration.
What are the tips?
Next-level Education Embraces Technology as an Essential Tool
Samsung, apply the latest technology, human and financial resources to create and run regionally-tailored education programs that offer relevant and valuable learning opportunities.
What programmes are they involved in?
Starbucks Ready Brew Arrives in South Africa
Starbucks and Taste Holdings launched its breakthrough Starbucks VIA™ Ready Brew at all South African stores expanding its coffee at home range that already includes whole bean coffee and Starbucks Espresso Capsules.
Where is this available?
Innovative Staffing Solutions Gets Thumbs-Up From BuildIt Outlet Owner
Prior to joining forces with Innovative Staffing Solutions, Rudi Thompson’s work life was characterised by constant stress.
What does Innovative Staffing Solutions Do?
Do Business on the Move
Samsung Knox’s security platform builds a digital fortress around mobile devices, shielding sensitive information from malware attacks so meeting a deadline is the only thing to worry about.
How do I get this for my device?
Employing One Person Per Hour in 2017
Innovative Staffing Solutions, a subsidiary of Innovative Solutions Group TM, has employed one person for every working hour of 2017 in industries such as transport, engineering, manufacturing, logistics, hospitality and agriculture.
That's Amazing!
Splash Out This Summer
According to research, 61% of smartphone users are worried about how well their phone is protected from water, sand, dust and other elements. But the Samsung Galaxy Note8, S8 and S8+ are rated IP68 water and dust resistant, so any spills or water-based accidents won’t be an issue.
How cool is that?!
Samsung Introduces the Galaxy A8
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced the latest additions to the Galaxy A series: the Galaxy A8.
The Galaxy A8 feature a Dual Front Camera, a large Infinity Display and stunning ergonomic design that draws on Samsung’s flagship design heritage and experience. With additional everyday features, the Galaxy A series is more stylish, practical and convenient than ever before.
I'd like to read more about the Galaxy A8!
REGENT Business School signs an MOU with the Egyptian Higher Education Ministry
REGENT Business School, a member of the Honoris United Universities, has cemented its position as a leading distance-learning institution in Africa by signing a memorandum of understanding with Egypt’s Higher Education Ministry.
Great news!
Santa has arrived at uShaka
This festive season, uShaka Marine World is celebrating all things carnival, so be sure to have a holiday filled with adventure, tons of excitement, where you can live in the moment and make memories of a lifetime.
What is on at uShaka?
FUSE Academy celebrates their 2017 graduates
FUSE Academy is a DJ school founded in 2009, hosted by two young black females; popular South African DJ Zinhle and business woman Nomndeni Mdakhi.
Amazing!
Future Book Forum 2017 enabled by Canon
Canon Europe welcomed over 380 delegates from 32 countries to the Future Book Forum 2017.
Interesting!
Breathe: An Inspiring Love Story of Hope and Determination
What would you do if your husband’s life suddenly changed irrevocably and he is about to give up hope? You take over and give him strength to go on by loving him unconditionally, just like Diana Cavendish (Claire Foy) did in this inspiring true story, Breathe, that is coming to life on the big screen in January 2018.
Where is it showing?
I, TONYA
Two triple axels, various ice skating records and all the technique in the world, means absolutely nothing when overshadowed by one of the most sensational scandals of all time. I, TONYA is based on the true events behind this spectacle and will keep you glued to your seat until the very end.
Tell me More!
Molly's Game
Award-winning scriptwriter, Aaron Sorkin, makes his directorial debut with a compelling action-packed drama about the life of Olympic skier and underground gambling queen, Molly Bloom. Sorkin, known for his work on box office hits, such as The Social NetworkSteve JobsMoneyballThe American President and A Few Good Men, adapted the script for Molly’s Game from Molly Bloom’s book and memoirs and managed to deliver a striking version of her story for the big screen.
When does this premiere?
CONTENT CREATORS
Finding Me S03 EP87
In the latest episode of Finding Me, host Quraysha Ismail Sooliman chats with Dr. Cori Wielenga.
What do they talk about?
Recipe: Low Carb Mince Pide
Aniseeds shares her recipe for a delicious low carb mince pide.
Show me the recipe!
Will he be the Champion?
Thalia and John drive to Cape Town to surprise John's dad at his croquet tournament.
Cool, did he win?
Recipe: Stuffed Baby Brinjals
Hungry for Halaal shares her tasty recipe for stuffed baby brinjals.
How do I make this?
UPCOMING EVENTS
The Color Purple
The Color Purple will have preview performances in The Mandela at Joburg Theatre from January 31st 2018, with its official opening night on Sunday February 4th and running until Sunday March 4th 2018.
Book Now!
Collective Soul with special guest LifeHouse
Big Concerts has announced that Collective Soul will be returning to South Africa supported by very special guests Lifehouse in Johannesburg on February 2nd and Cape Town on February 4th 2018.
Where can I get tickets?
Kings & Queens of Comedy - Port Elizabeth
One of South Africa’s longest running flagship comedy brands, Kings & Queens of Comedy, returns to Durban with its biggest line-up in six years on 9 February 2018.
Who will be performing?
Mind-Bending Acts of Magic and Illusion
After record breaking runs in New York, London and Asia, The Illusionists Direct from Broadway will be in South Africa for the first time ever, opening at GrandWest on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 for a limited season ending on Sunday, 11 February 2018. The show then moves to Montecasino’s Teatro from Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, 14 February to Sunday, 11 March 2018. 
Book my tickets!
Peppa Pig Live in South Africa
Marking the first ever nationwide stage show tour for Peppa and friends, Peppa Pig Live in South Africa will open in Johannesburg at Emperor’s Palace on 29 March and run until 2 April 2018. The show will then visit Cape Town’s International Convention Centre from 6 to 8 April 2018 before heading to The Playhouse Company, Durban from 20 – 22 April 2018. The second leg of the tour takes place in June/July 2018 with stopovers at the Port Elizabeth Opera House from 22 – 24 June 2018 followed by Pretoria.
How do I book my tickets?
Santana Returns to South Africa with Special Guests Mango Groove
Big Concerts is pleased to confirm that Santana will be returning to South Africa in 2018 performing in Cape Town on 11thApril 2018 at Cape Town Stadium (intimate configuration) and Johannesburg on 13th and 14th April 2018 at the Ticketpro Dome. Santana’s special guests will be local greats Mango Groove.
When do tickets go on sale?
WWE Live South Africa
The WWE LIVE SOUTH AFRICA tour begins at the Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town on Wednesday, April 18, before debuting at the Sun Arena, Time Square, Pretoria, on Friday, April 20. The tour concludes at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg on Saturday, April 21.
Who is coming for the tour?
The Script Returns to SA
Big Concerts confirmed that The Script will be returning to South Africa touring in support of their latest album, Freedom Child. They will be performing in Cape Town on 2nd May 2018 at Grand Arena, GrandWest and 4th May 2018 in Pretoria at the Sun Arena at Time Square.
Are tickets on sale yet?
UB40's 25th SA Anniversary Tour
Big Concerts has confirmed hat UB40 will be returning in support of their 25th SA anniversary tour. They will be performing in Cape Town on 15th May 2018 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest, Durban on 17th May at the Durban ICC and Pretoria on 19th May at the Sun Arena, Time Square.
How do I book tickets?
Disney on Ice presents Dream Big
Disney On Ice presents Dream Big opens on Friday, 22 June 2018 at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg and runs until Sunday, 01 July 2018. The production then moves to Durban’s ICC from Wednesday, 04 July to Sunday, 08 July and then to GrandWest, Cape Town from Wednesday, 11 July to Sunday, 15 July 2018.
I can't wait!

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