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REGGAE LEGENDS RETURN TO SOUTH AFRICA FOR DSTV UB40 SA TOUR

UB40

With more than 50 hit singles and record sales in excess of 70 million worldwide, UB40 remain one of the most successful bands of all time. Three of the founding members have reunited, including the original vocalist Ali Campbell, who is set to mesmerize audiences with his signature voice. Seed Experiences and DStv are proud to bring UB40 back to the country in April for two exclusive concerts, one in Paarl in the Western Cape and one in Johannesburg.

The first show takes place on Friday 4 April 2014 at the beautiful Val de Vie Winelands Lifestyle Estate in Paarl and gates open at 15h30. In Johannesburg, the show takes place on Saturday 5 April at popular park venue, Emmarentia Dam and gates open at 11am.

DStv is proud to come on board as media partner along with Heart 104.9FM as Cape Town radio partner and Kaya FM as the Johannesburg radio partner, to bring fans the band’s all time classics such as ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Kingston Town’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, which are known and adored across the world and sound as fresh today as they did when they were first released.

One of the most commercially successful acts of all time in terms of record sales, chart positions and touring schedules, UB40’s simple formula of accessible reggae, catchy songs and electrifying live performances continues to draw massive crowds as they tour the world’s top venues in their fourth decade together.

Tickets are on sale from R395 at Webtickets. Get yours now and see UB40 live at two of South Africa’s top venues.

Gates open: 15h30 in Cape Town and at 11h00 in Joburg
Concert starts: 17h45 in Cape Town and 12h00 in Joburg
Duration: 07hours 30 mins in Cape Town and 06 hours in Joburg

Tickets: Prices range from R395

Friday 4 April
Cape Town: http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=409563846
Saturday 5 April
Johannesburg: http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=409563887

Follow UB40 SA Tour on Facebook for announcements of the stellar South African support line-up and other relevant information, and listen out to Heart 104.9 FM and keep an eye on their social pages and website for more information.

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KENDRICK LAMAR SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR DATES BROUGHT FORWARD

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KENDRICK LAMAR SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR DATES BROUGHT FORWARD

 

Johannesburg, South Africa – Tour promoters Airey Scott and Miller Genuine Draft today announced that the dates for the Miller Boomtown presents

Kendrick Lamar SA Tour have been brought forward to early February.

 The International acclaimed artist Kendrick Lamar will perform his platinum selling good kid M.A.D.D. city album in Durban, Joburg, and Cape Town

three weeks earlier than scheduled on February 7th, 8th, & 9th. 

The Miller Boomtown presents Kendrick Lamar South African tour dates will be as follows:        

 Friday 7th February – The Wave House, Gateway Durban

 Saturday 8th February – Johannesburg Stadium, Johannesburg

Sunday 9th February – Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town

 Tickets that have already been purchased for either of the old dates will be valid, and fans do not need to exchange their tickets for the

new confirmed concert dates.

 Airey Scott and Miller apologise for any inconvenience caused, and are excited to welcome Kendrick Lamar to SA in February. 

For more information, catch live updates on Twitter via our handle @MGD_SA / Miller South Africa on Facebook. Alternatively follow @AireyScott

or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AireyScott. 

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Georgia May Jagger Launches British Airways A380 With Rugby Players

British Airways A380 Launch in South Africa
British Airways A380 Launch in South Africa

Talk about travel and lifestyle at its best, the new British Airways Airbus A380 is a lifestyle experience with its innovative design and style.It was only fitting that international model Georgia May Jagger front the launch of the airline’s South African advertising campaign, with South Africa’s very own Springboks Jean de Villiers and Bryan Habana, who were joined by England captain Chris Robshaw.

The British Airways A380 has made travelling to distant land a lifestyle experience one itches to do just to get into that all new luxury liner. The A380 will begin flying to Johannesburg on 12 February 2014, although the inaugural flight is likely to be earlier.

England Rugby Captain Chris Robshaw
England Rugby Captain Chris Robshaw

World Traveller fares from South Africa start at R8 380, World Traveller Plus from R15 380, Club World from R30 380 and First from R53 380. The airline will initially operate three A380 services to Johannesburg a week which will increase from March 10 2014 to six flights. These flights will be part of the airline’s normal schedule to South Africa’s commercial capital.

Since British Airways took delivery of its first superjumbo earlier this month, Johannesburg is only the third A380 route to be confirmed, after Los Angeles and Hong Kong.  Another two aircraft, from a total order of 12, are due to be delivered before the end of the year.

Georgia May Jagger International Model
Georgia May Jagger International Model

British Airways’ A380s can accommodate 469 customers across four cabins. Customers in First will be seated in front of the main deck. The cabin offers 14 seats and is evolved from the existing First class. Club World (business class) customers can choose from 44 seats on the main deck, or 53 seats on the upper deck. The upper-deck seats will be arranged in a new 2:3:2 configuration across the cabin. The 55 World Traveller Plus (premier economy) seats are located on the upper deck, while World Traveller (economy) customers can choose seats on both the main and upper deck.

The aircraft’s innovative design makes it much quieter during take-off and landing and the cabin has the lowest noise level of any existing passenger aircraft. The advanced air conditioning system, with 15 different temperature control zones, contributes to reduced noise levels and customer comfort, with cabin air being changed every three minutes. In addition the A380 It offers exceptional fuel efficiency compared to the aircraft it is replacing.

Bryan Habana, who is taking up a three-year contract with French club side Toulon, says that with the A380 flying to South Africa home won’t seem nearly as far away.

Bryan Habana
Bryan Habana South African Rugby Player

“There are lots of reasons I like flying British Airways and now there’s another one.”

After a tour of the aircraft, Jean de Villiers was particularly impressed by its size: “Seventy-three meters from nose to tail; that’s half the length of Newlands and big enough to carry 31 rugby teams halfway around the world.”

Rugby players Bryan Habana / Chris Robshaw / Jean de Villiers / model Georgia May Jagger during the British Airways A380 Launch
Rugby players Bryan Habana / Chris Robshaw / Jean de Villiers / model Georgia May Jagger during the British Airways A380 Launch

Georgia May Jagger, who visited South Africa for the first time in June last year, said: “I’ve been looking for an excuse to explore more of that incredible country and this provides the perfect opportunity.”

The A380 is part of a £5bn investment over five years in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges, new technologies and onboard catering to improve the travelling experience and make it easier, more convenient and more comfortable in the air and on the ground.

 

Georgia May Jagger Launches British Airways A380
Georgia May Jagger Launches British Airways A380

The Obama’s visit to Robben Island is profound as Nelson Mandela lay in a critical but stable state

Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu on Robben Island in 1966
 
“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to the struggle of the African people.  I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination.  I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.  It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” These are the words spoken by Nelson Mandela an anti-apartheid regime fighter who was imprisoned on Robben Island, Cape Town, South Africa for 18 years of his 27 year imprisonment. This Nobel laureate and former president of South Africa is currently critically ill but in a stable condition in hospital. His words are resounding and profound now more then ever.
 
During the apartheid era of racial segregation and the oppression of black, Indian and coloured people in South Africa, Robben Island was used for the Isolation of mainly political prisoners by the Dutch settlers as a maximum security prison from 1961 to 1991. The medium security Prison for criminal prisoners was closed in 1996. Former president Kgalema Motlante and president Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma were among the political prisoners imprisoned on Robben Island.
President-Obama-on-Robben Island
 
President Obama and the first family’s recent visit to South Africa during the critical period for South African’s as tata Nelson Mandela’s fate is vulnarable and unkown marks a poignant reminder; of all that former president Nelson Mandela stands for and represents not only to South Africa but the rest of the world.
 
The Obama family visited Robben Island and toured around lead by Ahmed Kathrada an 83 year old former inmate and anti-apartheid activist
“On behalf of our family, we’re deeply humbled to stand where men of such courage faced down injustice and refused to yield. The world is grateful for the heroes of Robben Island, who remind us that no shackles or cells can match the strength of the human spirit,” Obama wrote in the guest book in the courtyard.
Obama had visited Robben Island when he was a U.S senator. This is the first time obama is visiting South Africa as the first black American president.
US President Barack Obama and his family have toured Robben Island
 
Michelle Obama shared her heartfelt thoughts on her tour of Robben Island on her blog the FLOTUS Travel Journal where she narrates her spiritual and impacting journey of Robben Island.“So today, as we toured the island, I couldn’t help but think about how this place must have shaped these leaders. Put yourself in their shoes – all they were doing was fighting to ensure that people in South Africa would be treated equally, no matter what the colour of their skin. And for that, they wound up confined on this remote island, far removed from the world they so desperately hoped to change”.
“It was amazing to see Mandela’ s cell, a tiny room – about 6 feet wide – where he spent 18 of the 27 years he was in prison. He slept on a thin mat on the floor, and when he stretched out to sleep at night, his toes touched one wall, while his head grazed the other. The walls were two feet thick with no decorations, and he was given a bucket to use as a toilet”.
“Yet despite these conditions, Mandela and his fellow prisoners never lost hope. As Mandela once said, “Prison – far from breaking our spirits – made us more determined to continue with the battle until victory was won”. They did their best to get an education while in prison – they read as many books as they could, and some prisoners even got university degrees through correspondence courses. They vigorously debated philosophy, politics, and the direction of the anti-Apartheid movement. They stood up to mistreatment by the prison guards. And they found ways to communicate in secret, such as stuffing notes inside tennis balls that they would pass along during recreation periods”.
 
Nelson Mandela has set an example and paved the way for many to follow. His struggle for freedom from oppression for the South African people might have been won but it is not over. The youth of South Africa have been given a pedestal and a world platform from which to be the voice and instrument of change. Now it is time for the youth to become the catalysts for change.
 
 
 
 
List of former prisoners held at Robben Island
·         Autshumato, one of the first activists against colonialism
·         Dennis Brutus, former activist and poet
·         Patrick Chamusso, former activist of the African National Congress
·         Laloo Chiba, former accused at Little Rivonia Trial
·         Jerry Ekandjo, Namibian politician
·         Nceba Faku, former Metro Mayor of Port Elizabeth
·         Petrus Iilonga, Namibian trade unionist, activist and politician
·         Ahmed Kathrada, former Rivonia Trialist and long-serving prisoner
·         Langalibalele, one of the first Activists against colonialism
·         Mosiuoa Lekota, imprisoned in 1974, President and Leader of the Congress of the People
·         Mac Maharaj, former accused at Little Rivonia Trial
·         Makana, one of the activists against colonialism
·         Nelson Mandela, African National Congress leader and former President of South Africa (first black president)
·         Gamzo Mandierd, activist
·         Jeff Masemola, the first prisoner sentenced to life imprisonment in the apartheid era
·         Amos Masondo, former Mayor of Johannesburg
·         Michael Matsobane, leader of Young African Religious Movement. Sentenced at Bethal in 1979; released by PW Botha in 1987.
·         Chief Maqoma, former chief who died on the island in 1873
·         Govan Mbeki, father of former President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki. Govan was sentenced to life in 1963 but was released from Robben Island in 1987 by PW Botha
·         Wilton Mkwayi, former accused at Little Rivonia Trial
·         Murphy MorobeSoweto Uprising student leader
·         Sayed Adurohman Moturu, the Muslim Iman who was exiled on the island and died there in 1754
·         Griffiths Mxenge, a South African Lawyer and member of the African National Congress
·         Billy Nair, former Rivonia Trialist and ANC/SACP leader
·         M. D. Naidoo, a South African lawyer and member of the African National Congress
·         John ya Otto Nankudhu, Namibian liberation fighter[17]
·         John Nkosi Serving life but released by PW Botha in 1987
·         Nongqawuse, the Xhosa prophetess responsible for the Cattle Killing
·         Maqana Nxele, former Xhosa prophet who drowned while trying to escape
·         John Nyathi Pokela, co-founder and former chairman of the PAC
·         Joe Seremane, current chairperson of the Democratic Alliance.
·         Tokyo Sexwale, businessman and aspirant leader of the African National Congress
·         Gaus ShikombaNamibian politician
·         Walter Sisulu, former ANC Activist
·         Robert Sobukwe, former leader of the PAC
·         Andimba Toivo ya ToivoNamibian politician
·         Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa and leader of the African National Congress
·         Achmad Cassiem
·         Setsiba Paul Mohohlo, former APLA unit commander

The La Bri Winery a French Legacy

 

World wide the French are known for their exceptional winemaking style and flair for romance. What better way to celebrate South African heritage than to enjoy a glass full of French legacy from our very own La Bri winery.
La Bri is part of South Africa’s best kept secrets, it is a vineyard covering 15.5 hectares in the Cape winelands. It is part of more than 40 Franschhoek vignerons, which is known to produce some of the world’s finest wines.

La Bri was originally granted to Jacob de Villiers, it was the first of nine farms granted to the main group of the Huguenots back in 1694. But, it was Jacobs’ son Jacques who settled on the farm, later buying Boschendal from his brother Abraham’s estate, over time the farm was split into three. In 1744 after several owners have come and gone Pieter Eduard Hauman bought the farm that today is ‘La Bri’ which is a French name for ‘refuge/shelter’. The French exquisite style of winemaking has been handed down for generations.

La Bri boasts a state of the art modern 120 ton cellar on the estate, with its unique design and gravity fed processes. It’s tailored to produce wine of the highest quality and embodies all that is unique about La Bri’s vineyard and terrain. La Bri uses modern and traditional wine making style and minimises the use of pumps by applying gravity to its grapes and wine.
Irene Waller the winemaker, is a passionate viticulturalist whose exceptional wine making style exubarates and diffuses into a fine selection of wines, that is sure to entice and tantalise your taste buds. The wines exude the audacious nature of Irene Waller.

La Bri winery has an array of wines made from the picturesque La Bri vineyard, where care and timing of the vines seems to be an artform Irene is determined to perfect with each harvest. La Bri produces six wines from its vineyard the Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, Affinity, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier. The Cabernet was given an incredible 5 star rating and awarded first place by the Christian Eedes Cabernet Report 2013 and the Syrah has just been listed in the Top 12 wines in the Shiraz SA Challenge. The bottle of each wine is embellished with an indigenous flower with the exception of Syrah which has a herb, giving each wine an identity and a tale.

La Bri wines is made for enjoyment with a splicing of flavours that is sure to give one a sense of explosive indulgence to savour. “My aim is to produce handcrafted wine, created with passion. My ideal would be for all my wines to be enjoyed with food. I believe that the right combination allows both the food and wine to express themselves fully. One should not overpower the other. A marriage of flavours where subtle nuances are enhanced, for example that saltiness of capes that ties in with the saltiness of our Cab and make the wines explode on the palate” said Irene Waller. It is no secrete that La Bri wine has personality.

To fully enjoy La Bri wines, we thought it best that Irene shares with you some of her favourite pairings, that you are sure to enjoy.

La Bri Chardonnay – be extravagant – enjoy crayfish tails on a lemon risotto with roasted almonds
La Bri Merlot – stay away from anything sweet – A Fillet with Merlot jus
La Bri Syrah – perfect with spice and liquorice – either a chocolate ganache with liquorice icecream,
La Bri Affinity – vension with smoked bonemarrow and wild mushroom jus
La Bri Cabernet sauvignon – Hearty lentil soup with capers and cinnamon crème
La Bri Viognier – Spicy Thai prawn curry

A visit to the La Bri vineyard will leave you breathless. You will hear the clapping of trees leaves, the flutter of birds wings and the whistling of the wind.A sea of breeze comes over you like a wave and lifts your spirit high up into the sky, where the stars turn into ripe, sweet, juicy vines that gush and burst in your mouth. Teasing your taste buds, and exploding like confetti into a million hues and tones. Swirls you and slowly subsides you as if in a hot air balloon that sways you into a landing on your feet, leaving you feeling as if you are in a dream.


La Bri is set on not only being one of South Africa’s best wineries but a great international contender, and with the likes of Irene Waller the South African art of winemaking is set to get the world peeping south.



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