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@ComicsChoice: Win a VIP experience to The Comic’s Choice Awards just by voting for your favourite comedian - Only 10 days left!

Support SA’s hottest local comedy talent by voting for your favourite comedian in the Savanna Audience Choice Award category and you could win a VIP experience to the 3rd Annual South African Comic’s Choice Awards™ (CCA’s) on 24 August for you and your partner. 

Voting for the CCA’s closes on 14 July, which means there are only 10 days left! It’s easy to vote: visit, scroll through the registered comedians, choose your favourite (and funniest), and SMS only that comedian’s unique code to 38374. You can vote twenty times (if you can’t choose just one favourite comedian!).

But…something NEW for 2013! Whilst voting for the four nominees in each award category will close on the 14th, the CCA has decided to change the rules slightly this year.  When the four nominees in the Savanna Audience Choice Award category are announced, voting will re-open for that award only, giving each of the four comics the opportunity to campaign for further votes.  The comedian who earns the highest number of votes is awarded the ‘Waldo’ – the ‘Oscar’ of the comedy industry – at the awards event in August.

Previous winners include Bevan Cullinan and Sifiso Nene. Ensure that your favourite comedian is in the top four by voting now!

The VIP package includes dinner for two at Montecasino, entrance to the awards and access to the exclusive after party at Parker’s Comedy Club. To vote and to view terms and conditions, visit

The 3rd Annual South African Comic’s Choice Awards™ (CCA’s) are presented in association with The Times, Mzansi Magic and Kaya FM.

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Twitter: @ComicsChoice: #CCA2013

 Tickets: Computicket ( from R230 to R270.


@McDonalds_SA Street Rhythm Winners Crowned

Johannesburg, 28 June 2013: Zone 6 in Diepkloof, Soweto was pumping this evening when the winners of the McDonald’s Street Rhythm competition were announced.  DJ Jonathan B and Primitive dance crew both from Cape Town battled it out in an exciting finale against three other candidates in each genre to finally be crowned McDonald’s Street Rhythm champions on the night.

McDonald’s Street Rhythm has travelled the country over the past three months to seek out, discover and showcase local talent in the areas of music (DJ mixing) and dance.  After several grueling rounds, eight finalists (four DJ’s and four dance crews) were selected to compete at the finale.

According to the winners the McDonald’s  Street Rhythm competition has already opened up doors for them by offering them additional exposure and the opportunity to perform at more gigs.  They have also had the chance to meet and mingle with other DJ’s and artists, and spend time with their idols getting firsthand knowledge of what it really takes to succeed.

DJ Jonathan B - “People experience music in different ways I use DJ’ing to bring the finer details of the music to the people”  

Jonathan has been DJ’ing for six years, which offers him the opportunity to really enjoy his passion for music, allows him to showcase new songs and experiment with mixing. He aspires to names like Leo Large, Ryan the DJ and international talent such as Shift and is looking forward to getting more exposure and recognition so that he can take his love for music to an even wider audience. To see why he made it to the finals - click on the attached link to see him in action

Primitive (dance crew) - “Dancing provides us with a way to tell a story about our experiences and feelings so that other people can feel what we feel. The passion we have as a team is indescribable as we live to dance it also helps us to build confidence and face our fears” 

Primitive consists of five female members who chose dancing as a means of expression as they feel there is a freedom in dancing; they aren’t guided by rules but rather by the discipline of Hip-hop. Dance allows them to show others who they really are, as their individuality is shown in every piece. Going forward the crew would like to become more established and gain recognition across SA as a dance crew and build a bigger name for themselves via exposure to a wider market . They want to create and inspire by becoming ambassadors for the country, of the hip hop culture and the youth. They would also like to work towards giving back to the community by teaching workshops, especially in under privileged areas. To see why they made it to the finals - click on the attached link to see them in action -

McDonald’s Street Rhythm, a national competition that encourages individuals and groups to showcase their talent for DJ mixing or dance, is an evolution of the previous McDonald’s ‘Top Jock’ campaign and continues to recognize, build-on and harness South African’s talent in the genre of music and dance.

The McDonald’s Street Rhythm concept was born out of the understanding that music and dance are the universal languages of South Africa’s youth as it gives them a voice and an opportunity for expression. Creatively expressing themselves allows the youth to move beyond limitations and dream big. It offers them the platform to make a difference in their lives and harnesses the power of a generation, encouraging a move for growth and change in their own lives and that of society.

The ‘Street Rhythm’ campaign brought together established, well known local DJ’s such as; Euphonik, DJ Shimza, Major League, DJ Sphectacula, DJ Naves, DJ Warras and DJ Franky.  McDonald’s partnered with these ambassadors, who had given of their own time to work with finalists, giving entrants an opportunity to showcase their talent with the help of high profile personalities.

Prizes for the winners, which will help them further their careers, included R50 000 (inclusive of DJ equipment and management contract or cash divided evenly between dance crew members), Shure SHR550DJ Headset valued at R2 000 (for DJ Jonathan B), professional portfolio photo shoot by Christiaan Hattingh, Butan Street Wear and Nike clothing hampers, Nokia Lumia valued at R8 500 and a exclusive full page interview with ISpeakHipHop Magazine.

The McDonald’s Street Rhythm 2014 competition will build on the success of the 2013 campaign and offer even more opportunities and entertainment. Until those details are revealed keep an eye on the current winners who are destined to make waves in the industry.

For more information visit or follow McDonald’s Street Rhythm on Facebook or Twitter. 


About McDonald’s

McDonald’s is the world’s leading global food service retailer with more than 33,500 locations serving approximately 69 million customers in 120 countries each day. More than 80 percent of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local men and women. In South Africa, McDonald’s operates 180 restaurants in all nine provinces, employing over 9300 people.

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Drive Dry hits 3000 declaration mark

Brandhouse has met its target of 3 000 Drive Dry declarations ahead of Drive Dry Day, thanks to South African consumers. 

As a means to demonstrate its continued commitment to the promotion of responsible drinking, brandhouse announced in June that it would donate R60 000 to South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) should the target be achieved by 01 July 2013. 

“The target was 3 000 declarations and was achieved ahead of deadline. As of this morning, we have achieved 3 032 and the number will continue to increase as more South Africans take an active role in choosing to drink responsibly,” says Michael Mabasa, Corporate Relations Director for brandhouse.

Ahead of Drive Dry Day, the country’s leading total beverage company called on all South Africans to support the responsible drinking campaign and declare to not drink and drive. 

“We committed to donate R60 000 to SADD based on the declarations outcome and brandhouse is only too happy to keep its promise and support an organisation that is dedicated to making our roads safer,” says Mabasa.

The aim of Drive Dry is to change behaviour amongst consumers with regard to driving under the influence of alcohol. 

Drive Dry encourages South Africans to make selecting a designated driver or making use of taxi services and public transport when under the influence of alcohol an active part of their social culture. 

“Consumers should make a conscious decision to drink responsibly and have a variety of feasible options to do so.  The more consumers who actively do not drink and drive, the safer our roads will be” says Mabasa. 

For those that have not yet declared and still wish to do so (it is never too late), please visit The application links to actual Facebook events and offers consumers two options - to declare to either “drink and not drive” or “drive and not drink”.

Brandhouse will make an official cheque handover to SADD later this month. 

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Drive Dry Facebook –

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@showbizone @OskidoIBelieve @DJFreshSA SAMC to share digital platforms opportunities & empower music practitioners with business skills

Africa is proving herself as a force to be reckoned with in the global music scene, but all that will be like water under the bridge if practitioners have no business sense to make their music bear fruits. 

Now in its 9th year, the DJU (Oskido, Greg “The Maestro”Maloka, DJ Fresh, Vinny Da Vinci and Christos) propelled Southern Africa music conference (SAMC), which attracts delegates/attendees from Kenya, Tshwane, Botswana, Rustenburg, Namibia, Cape Town, Polokwane, Mbombela, PE, Bloemfontein and more areas, takes place in both Joburg and Durban for the first time in the same year. The DAC, NYDA and Gauteng Dept. of Sports, Arts and Culture (Midrand only) sponsored conference kicks off @Club Truth in Midrand, Gauteng, from 1 - 4th July, then hits Durban’s Dockland Hotel from 9 - 11th July.

Unlike our fore bearers in the industry who died poor such as the great Mahlathini, Brown Dash, Busi Mhlongo and many more, because of a lack of informative platforms, the SAMC seeks to change such a fate by empowering music business practitioners. True to’s statement: “It used to be enough for a celebrity to act or sing really well. Today celebs need to be businesses,” the organisers have taken it upon themselves to create “business savvy musicians, marketers, producers and practitioners”. 

With the music industry vastly moving to digital platforms, this year’s main themes at the conferences are Digital platforms, stakeholders in the market and global opportunities for music. Industry experts like Oskido, Vinny, Ralf Gum (SA/Germany), Rocco (France), Christos, Greg, Fresh, Chappel and Zinhle are some of the respected industry who will speak on these issues and various other relevant and vital subjects.

Comments the legendary Vinny Da Vinci: “If one looks at the SAMC track record since day 1, years ago, one can see that we really have made strides in the game. In the beginning young people came to the conference I think mainly because of ‘curiosity’ and simply also because they were ‘fascinated’ by the DJ and the PRODUCER thing… That led to most of them getting into the game – becoming DJs and producers.  A lot of them were like ‘VINNY, I’M A DJ SO HOW DO I BECOME LIKE YOU? Those were the kinds of questions we were getting and they didn’t know or think that it can be a career at the same time.”

“So over the years we tried to lead them in the right direction using our own experiences. Now that all that is done, it’s now time for them to take it to the next level hence we are now talking about opportunities that are out there using your music as a tool especially as a young producer/musician.”

Adds Vinny: “The one thing that I also think is most important as well is for the youngsters to treat the game as a job - just like any 9 to 5. I believe that once that happens, they will become business minded because the industry today is all about business and professionalism. Basically one should try and know the game, know his/her strengths and focus on that and in the end do the best that they can.

To register for the conference go to or Tickets are only R150.

NB: There are various music parties that are attached to the conference with the main one being the ‘Mother of All Parties’. This year’s Mother party will be at Kings Park Stadium, outer fields on Saturday, 06 July. Presented by DJU and Channel O, the mega event presents Live performances by Dr Malinga, Professor, Black Motion and a crazy line-up of  DJs such as Fresh, Christos, The Musical Maestro, Euphonik, Vinny da Vinci, Zinhle, DJ Strategy, Ralf Gum (SA/Germany), Bobstar, Pepsi, DJ Siyanda, Sox, DJ Deep, Twitty and Uhuru. Tickets are available @Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers Hyper for R190. VIP ticket are 500 bucks and R250 at the door.


@BarackObama to visit SA

US President Barack Obama will be visiting South Africa this Saturday with First Lady Michelle Obama 29th – 30th June 2013. This will be the second part of his three-leg Africa tour that starts with a visit to Senegal on Wednesday. Once finished in South Africa he will travel to Tanzania.


President Obama will meet President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria and conduct a “town hall meeting” on the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus. Participates in a meeting with African Union Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. After then both President Obama and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa will have an official dinner.


Cape Town

President Obama visits Robben Island, the former prison where Nelson Mandela was held and then attends a community health center event at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Center.

He will deliver remarks in Cape Town, South Africa.


SA’s top DJ’s + McDonald’s ‘Street Rhythm’. Grand Finale

Unless you have been living under a rock, you should already know about McDonald’s:  ’Street Rhythm’, a national competition that encourages individuals and groups to showcase their talent for DJ mixing or dance. McDonald’s initiated the campaign as they recognize that music and dance are the universal languages of South Africa’s youth as it gives them a voice and an opportunity for expression. 

The McDonald’s Street Rhythm campaign offers participants the platform to live their passion.

McDonald’s Street Rhythm is an evolution of the previous McDonald’s ‘Top Jock’ campaign and continues to recognize, build-on and harness South African’s talent in the genre of music and dance. The brand is on a quest to find performers that possess the ‘it factor’ that makes them stand out from the crowd.

The McDonald’s Street Rhythm campaign brings together well-known local DJ’s and performers such as; Euphonik, DJ Shimza, Major League, DJ PH, DJ Franky, DJ Sphectacula, DJ Naves, DJ Warras, DJ Dean Fuel, DJ Kaunda, DJ Lloyd, Ms Cosmo and Donald as ambassadors and mentors to the finalists.  Through partnering with these ambassadors, McDonald’s gives the youth an opportunity to showcase their talent with the help of high profile personalities.

The competition, now at finals stage, encouraged participants to enter by uploading videos of their performances to the McDonald’s Street Rhythm 

website, There are two finalists (x1 DJ and x1 dance crew) from each of the areas which were targeted – JHB, CT, KZN and PE, making up the eight finalists who will compete at the finals to be held on Friday, 28 June at Zone 6 in Diepkloof, Soweto.

Prizes to be won for the winners

Include R50 000 (inclusive of DJ equipment and management contract or cash divided evenly between dance crew members), Shure SHR550DJ Headset valued at R2 000 (DJ winner), professional portfolio photo shoot by Christiaan Hattingh, Butan Street Wear and Nike clothing hampers, Nokia Lumia valued at R8 500 and a exclusive full page interview with ISpeakHipHop Magazine.

For updates and more information visit or follow McDonald’s Street Rhythm on Facebook,

Twitter: @atmospherecomms

If you have a love for dance and music, then this is your chance to be part of the youth revolution. 

Visit now to purchase your ticket to the final - it’s on with McDonald’s and Street Rhythm

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Tie the knot for CANSA with Crazy Tie Day @CANSA @Lynnedj_MrsSA @lbalona

The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) is launching a new interactive and demonstrative campaign to celebrate the importance of healthy lifestyles for men called ‘CANSA Crazy Tie Day’.  It’s an awareness and fundraising initiative focussing on Men’s Health honouring fathers on Father’s Day (16 June). CANSA cherishes the importance of leading a balanced lifestyle and raising awareness amongst men.

By wearing CANSA’s Crazy Tie, men are tying the knot and showing their commitment towards their loved ones, while living a balanced life and demonstrating their investment in their own health and the health of their family. “We’re very excited to launch a new, interesting and innovative campaign for men to be aware of the importance of maintaining their health,” says Sue Janse van Rensburg, CANSA’s CEO.

She continues, “We encourage all to buy CANSA’s crazy tie for themselves, their father, grandfather, or brother. The aim is to wear the tie on Father’s Day to create awareness around Men’s Health. You can buy a special CANSA crazy tie for R100 at your local Care Centre or place your order at Or wear your own crazy or funky tie.”

CANSA Crazy Tie Day is about celebrating Father’s Day with a twist and with a knot in the tie. It places emphasis on fathers and their important role in building a healthy life and future for themselves and their loved ones. CANSA hopes to encourage men to make smart and informed choices by living a balanced lifestyle, doing regular exercise and going for regular cancer screening. (

Fathers and their friends and family members can help raise funds for CANSA and the Crazy Tie Day campaign by donating on CANSA’s online fundraising platform – visit or enter our Crazy Tie Day competition before 30 July. Entry fee is R50 – the aim is to take the craziest photo possible with a funky tie and email to or and stand a chance to win a week away at a selected RCI resort.

All funds raised will be used for CANSA’s Men’s Health programmes that include awareness, care and support. Follow CANSA on Twitter: @CANSA ( and join CANSA on Facebook: CANSA: Fighting cancer in South Africa ( 

Photos include celebrity, Darren Scott (radio and TV personality) as well as Mrs SA Finalists and Mr SA.

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De Beer and Juta streets in Braamfontein to be closed on 8th of June for the grand finale of Castle Lite’s Extra Cold Live concerts

After 2 successful instalments of the Castle Lite Extra Cold Live concerts in Cape Town and Durban, the final event of these innovative, consumer-created concerts will be taking place on the 8th of June at Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein. The iconic culture hub and its surrounding streets - De Beer and Juta will be closed as Castle Lite takes them over for the concert which will feature some of South Africa’s leading performers. The city was given the opportunity to select their ultimate concert line-up of 7 acts from 25 of the country’s coldest artists for Extra Cold Live. Jozi’s ICE line-up for the event is as follows:

- Khuli Chana
- Lulo Cafe and DJ Zinhle (collaboration)
- Zakes Bantwini
- Pascal and Pearce
- Jack Parrow
- Tuks
- Kwesta and Ill Skillz (collaboration)

Award winning Hip Hop artist AKA will be the MC for the event, and alongside the aforementioned artists, party goers are sure to have an unforgettable experience.
Make sure you don’t miss out on the festivities as Neighbourgoods Market in Joburg is transformed into a mini Hip Hop village with market stores and activities including break dancers, bikers, MC battles, skaters, and graffiti artists. As surrounding roads may be affected due to parking allocations, guests are advised to arrive as doors open at 16h00 to enjoy the market before the once-off concert takes place later in the day.The general access entrance will be on De Beer Street.

Tickets are available now from Computicket:


VIP : R325.00
General : R165.00

VIP : R330.00
General : R200.00

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The award-winning American movie star @SamuelLJackson made an appearance on Generations

On 27 May 2013 Monday night, The award-winning American movie star Samuel L Jackson made an appearance on the number one Mzansi soapie Generations alongside Winnie Modise, who plays Khethiwe.

Samuel paid a visit backstage to the show on 27 March when he was in the country shooting a Japanese movie, Kite, directed by local director Ralph Ziman.

During the episode of Generations, Khethiwe drinks whisky in a downtown bar while waiting for Khuboni.

When finally arrives, Khethiwe is irritated because he kept her waiting and doesn’t bother to apologise.

He remarks that she drinks a lot and wonders whether that started before or after Khaphela died.

Khethiwe tells him to shut up and hands him an envelope containing R20 000. Khuboni says its small change and he wants real money, but Khethiwe can’t get any more because everything now belongs to Mpilo.

The tension builds until Khubone, reminding her he has the detonator, puts the envelope in his pocket and leaves. Samuel L Jackson, who is sitting nearby, turns and gives Khethiwe advice.


Africa’s Next Top Model @tyrabanks

The reality TV competition, America’s Next Top Model, is heading to Africa! Filming starts in Cape Town in August, and the show will be aired on M-Net’s Africa Magic channels later this year.

Africa’s Next Top Model is the newest in the Top Model franchise that already spans three continents and 35 countries including Australia, China, Brazil, France, Sweden, Canada, Italy and the UK. The hunt for Africa’s next top model will take place across the continent, from South Africa to Kenya and Sierra Leone.

The show will be hosted by Nigerian-born supermodel Oluchi Orlandi, filling in the Tyra Banks role as producer and mentor. Orlandi is an internationally renowned supermodel who has graced the covers of ELLE and Italian Vogue as well as being a Victoria’s Secret Angel.

‘The African version of the franchise is long overdue and I expect the show to be a smashing success across the continent,’ said Orlandi.

Shooting will take place in Johannesburg and Cape Town, as cameras follow 12 contestants over 10 episodes and eight weeks as they learn what it takes to stay on top. The show will be produced by Gavin Wratten, also the man behind SA Idols.

Tyra Banks, the supermodel-turned-media-mogul behind the successful franchise, shared her excitement via Twitter:


So excited to welcome @OLUCHI to the “Next Top Model” fam! Welcome to @ANTMAfrica! 
1:31 AM - 27 Apr 2013

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