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Writers alert


Kasi times has been pushing passion for a few beautiful years. Now in those years we’ve met a few lovers, haters and even groupies of the brand. No doubt we love you all equally. But this year we wish to broaden our horizons in a major way. Big time. We want writers, wanna bees and pro’s to join the pool of gifted people. These are people who don’t mind losing themselves to words but allow themselves to find their feet through expression in areas such as blogs, tweets and KT.

So if you’re from the hood, the burbs or are chilling somewhere emakhaya if writing, people, gadgets, events or music are your thang…do join us. We are looking for young aspiring writers who are unafraid of speaking their mind, writing their thoughts and inspiring the nation while doing so. It’s a free gig but the experience, exposure and opportunities that come with the KT brand…massive. So send us your piece and let’s move SA to where it could and should be, somewhere up there chilling with greatness and class.


Send us your profile, a 5 lined motivation on why you wanna join the team, a pic or two and a piece of your mind in 200 words to pops@kasitimes.co.za or editor@kasitimes.co.za … Let’s do!


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WIN a trip to Top Gear Live by simply watching #TopGearSA

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Season 19 of #TopGearSA is changing the way we watch TV. Not only are the boys upping their game in terms of incredible adventures and absurd drives, they are giving us a chance to interact with the show and win flights, accommodation and tickets to the Top Gear Live festival in Durban – for you and a partner! All you need to do is watch Top Gear every Wednesday night, wait for a question to pop up on the screen during each episode, then tweet the answer with the hashtag #TopGearSA… EASY.

Make sure you are tuned into BBC Entertainment (DSTV channel 120) at 20:00 tonight to watch Jeremy Clarkson race across Europe in a Mustang! Over the years, the Top Gear team have had many big races across Europe, and in every single one of them the car (driven by Clarkson) has always beaten public transport. However, since the last race, public transport has gotten A LOT faster…

Tune into BBC Entertainment at 20.00 every Wednesday to stand a chance of winning. Ts & Cs apply and are available on the website – www.BBCSouthAfrica.com


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Save a life #DoNation!

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) recently launched its new ad campaign to encourage South Africans to donate blood as we only currently have 2.6 days worth of reserves of this precious resource. The organisation aims to deconstruct misnomers associated with the donation process, in order to encourage South Africa to become a #DONation!

Some get medals. Some get applause. Some get idolised, and some get glorified. For others – juice and a biscuit is enough.



Please donate blood and help get the reserves up. Save a life #DoNation!

For more information on how you can donate blood, you can visit http://www.sanbs.org.za , tweet @theSANBS or fan the DONation of heroes here http://www.facebook.com/SANBS


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BOOM Nandos does it again!

Nando’s does it yet again!

The controversial fast food company has come up with yet another one of their hard-to-forget adverts. This time Nonhle Thema – the controversial diva Mzansi loves to hate – stars in this latest Nando’s ad and does what she knows best… talking about how awesome she is! What’s cool about the ad is that it’s interactive as YOU can get to roast our favourite celebrity. Try it for yourself! You can create a personalised roast and share it with your friends.

As Ms. Thema herself says: ‘It’s not a meme, it’s me, me, me!

One’s gotta love Nando’s, they never disappoint. I loved the lines: “Are you serious? I’m Nonhle. I can buy the whole of Nando’s!”

“You just got served! If you want a more palatable grilling come to Nando’s for the greatest, most delicious, flame-grilled Peri-Peri chicken. And if you want to dish it out, visit www.NonhleRoast.co.za BOOM!”

Leave the roasting to Nonhle and the grilling to Nando’s this Festive Season.

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Tbo Touch takes us to New York !

Thokoza-born T-bo Touch has announced that local radio station Metro FM now has a New York studio. He revealed the news on Twitter a day ago. “Never give up on your dream. Not just a dream but your dream. 2day marks manifestation of my dream. Metro FM officially has a base in NY – wow,” the radio DJ tweeted.

This means that T-bo Touch, who is currently based in New York, will be broadcasting his drive time show Touchdown 326 live from the Big Apple.

From all of us at Kasi Times, Congratulations!

By Innocent Ndlovu
Twitter: @IamInnocentN
Blog: Studioinn.tumblr.com

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Kasi Times, 2012 and beyond!

Kasi times, 2012 and beyond!

The Kasi Times publication has come from what started of as a brave and daring career move by the founding editor Nonhlanhla “Nonie” Nxumalo who decided that the pursuit of both success and happiness by far outweighed comfort and stability. The brand has since stood for exactly that and more. It has become a publication that represents and celebrates young black youth who are willing to chase their dreams while inspiring, motivating and empowering those around them. The brand aims at leaving a legacy which is not defined by the state of the economy, not shaken by politics and is unmoved by restrictions.

Kasi times is instead firmly rooted in showcasing the trail blazers of our time, musical geniuses of our generation, writers, poets, business men and women and so forth while educating and uplifting it’s readers at the same time. It seeks to fuse the township lifestyle and up market vibe into one opinion piece, feature, review or diary entry.

Kasi times will continue to push forward the young gifted and taking over, giving you inspiring stories of hope and hustle while also keeping you updated on the latest trends, gadgets, books, shows and films. My message to amajita nabo baby in the hood, burbs or the bhundu’s is to keep chasing your dreams because you might just catch them. Let’s have a toast to 2012 and beyond!

Poppy Pops Vilakazi

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Where there’s a WEY…

We recently caught up with Puseletso Modimogale, co-founder of Therapeutic Touch Studios, about an initiative called Woman Emancipate Yourself (WEY), and about their upcoming event on Saturday 11 August.

KT: Who started WEY and what is it about?

PM: Woman Emancipate Yourself is a platform that was started by Therapeutic Touch Studio to reach out to women in our communities. Thokozile Kgongwana, the lady who came up with the name in 2010, used to host small events at her house with about 50 ladies.  We saw the need to expand the concept and make it more impactful. In 2011 we partnered with other business owners, namely Keabetswe Modimogale, Catherine Ombeva, Peter Mongezi, and Charmaine Van Der Merve.

KT: What do you aim to achieve with WEY?

WEY is platform women from all types of backgrounds connect, share ideas, get empowered and support each other.  For centuries, women have been the strength and pillar of their families. In recent years they have assumed the same role in business, seldom reaching the top.  We ask ourselves WHY? The answer lies in Women supporting each other hence our objectives are:

  • To give a focus and business exposure to the young and emerging women entrepreneurs.
  • Recognise and celebrate the role of women in society.
  • Give women a platform to share life experiences, e.g. on socio-economic issues such as parenting, the credit crunch, retrenchments, managing family relationships, divorce, HIV, drug abuse.
  • Provide expert advice and support to women in the following critical spheres of their lives.

KT: There is a WEY event this Saturday, please tell us more about it? What topics will be covered?

PM: Yes, the event will be on the 11th August 2012 at Sorex Estate. The theme is IntroXpection. It will be an opportunity for us to explore the notion that any change we want to see in our lives starts with us. Topics to be covered are:

  • How to change a negative situation into a positive one
  • Finding confidence with who you are
  • How to build positive relationships
  • What men want from women
  • Sex and sensuality

KT: Who are the speakers?

  • Criselda Cananda (owner of Positive Talk  and MetroFM Positive talk Host)
  • Felicia Buthelezi (Chief Editor of I Do Magazine)
  • Ouma Tema ( Designer and Brand owner of Plus-Fab fashion Label)
  • Nhlanhla Zwane (founder of Man-UP )
  • Getrude Mungai (lifestyle specialist from Kenya)
  • Puseletso Modimogale (founder of Woman Emancipate Yourself and Therapeutic Touch Studio)

KT: What motivated you to organise this event? Why are events like this necessary?

PM: When we started these events, we wanted to make a difference in women’s lives and to inspire them to have a positive impact on people around them.

In my experience as a somatologist, I’ve found that women want to share their life challenges as part of therapy on my massage bed. I then decided to create a private group on Facebook called Woman Emancipate Yourself (WEY), where women engage and confide in each other, while finding support and advising each other. This platform has proved to be successful in achieving its objectives. Any woman who would like to join us can connect with me on Facebook, under the name Puseletso Maitin. The event is an extension of this platform.

KT: Who can attend this event? And, what can attendees look forward to?

PM: Any woman aged 25 and above. They can look forward to a life-changing day which is empowering and educational, yet full of fun, networking, and live performances by two great artists, Naledi King and Pascaline Modiba.

KT: How can people interested in attending get their tickets, and at what cost?

PM: The tickets are available at CompuTicket, or directly from us at Therapeutic Touch Studio in Pretoria. They can send an email to marketing@therapeutictouch.co.za, requesting a booking form. The ticket costs R650, R50 of which will be donated to Woman Against Rape (W.A.R) charity organization to help with the counselling of rape victims.


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Over the Top Fashion!

The largely successful British retailer Topman and Topshop is coming to Sandton City with a flagship store set to open this November. A second store is scheduled to open in Durban at the Gateway Shopping Center a month later.
The House of Busby has the South African rights and will be working with Edcon for future store-in-store availability, exclusive only to major Edgars stores. Plans for more stand alone stores around the country are also in the pipeline.
Speaking about the new venture Arcadia Group owner Sir Philip Green said in a statement, “This represents another step in our continued international growth, and I am confident that the South African customers will enjoy the retail experience and fantastic product offer that both our brands will deliver for them.”
By Innocent Ndlovu
Twitter: @IamInnocentN

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Ballroom Reinvented: Burn the Floor

The enormous popularity and response by the South African public in 2011 has led to the return of BURN THE FLOOR, this time with The Temperature Rises Tour.

Burn the Floor opened at The Mandela at Joburg Theatre on the 1st of August and runs until 19 August.

Jason Gilkison, director and choreographer of this dance phenomenon, has this to say to the Joburg audiences about The Temperature Rises Tour:

“For those of you that have already had the Burn the Floor experience you need to come back!   I have re-choreographed numerous numbers, changed five songs in the show and have re-costumed the second act.  The show’s new ending will blow you away, and blow any perceptions you have of Ballroom Dancing.  I guarantee that This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Ballroom!  Amongst our rebellious cast, you will also witness the rise of a new South African star!  I trust you will be back for more!”

Since last year’s tour, South African champion dancer Keoikantse Motsepe has joined Burn the Floor as a fully-fledged member of this hit international dance sensation.

“Dreams certainly do come true,” said to Keo, undefeated South African Latin American Champion since 2004.  Keo’s dance teacher took him to see Burn the Floor at Joburg Theatre last year. “At first I was resistant to see it,” he admits. “But after a few seconds, I realised it was the best dance show I had ever seen.  I was blown away to be honest – I can’t describe the feeling.”

Keoikantse Motsepe and Kallyanne Brown

Keo managed to contact the show’s Peta Roby, auditioned, and has been touring with the company since January 2012.

Keo started dancing at the age of five after his best friend suggested they try it out for some fun.  At age seven, he knew that it was all he wanted to do for the rest of his life – he was hooked!  Keo completed his formal dance training in Latin American and Ballroom and Contemporary at Corenergy Dance Centre, Craighall Park, with Rafick Hoosain and Lorcia Cooper.  He has represented South Africa internationally since 2003 in all major Latin Dance Championships and was the South African representative at the World Latin Championships in New York in 2010.

“Keo is a breath of fresh air, polite, a real gentleman and very popular in the company,” say the producers.  “His family should be proud.  His work ethic and commitment to his performance is unquestionable and on the dance floor:  simple – he owns it.  The South African audiences are in for a real treat.”

Burn the Floor – The Temperature Rises Tour has just completed a hugely successful tour of the USA, China and Australia.  The show features eighteen international championship dancers – including some of last year’s favourites alongside new sensational dancers.  “It takes the performance to a whole new level, feel and energy,” says the show’s creator, Harley Medcalf.

Tickets for Burn the Floor are available from R190 and are on sale now by visiting www.joburgtheatre.com or calling the theatre’s direct ticketing line on 0861 670 670.

Shows are at 8pm Tuesdays to Fridays, at 3pm and 8pm on Saturdays and at 2pm and 6pm on Sundays. Discounted rates for groups of ten or more are available by calling the theatre’s ticketing office on (011) 877 6853/4.

To heat up those cold winter nights, the producers are offering a fabulous winter package: 20% discounts for a minimum of four tickets for Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8pm and Sundays at 6pm.  Pensioners’ discounts are available for Saturdays at 3pm and Sundays at 2pm and 6pm.  A special ‘two for the price of one’ offer is also available for Talk Back Tuesdays, when the dancers stay on stage after the show for a question-and-answer session.

Burn the Floor – The Temperature Rises Tour is presented in South Africa by Dance Partner Productions, M-Net and Jacaranda 94.2fm.

Follow the latest Joburg Theatre news on Twitter – @joburgtheatre gives you all the latest information, special offers as well as news from behind the scenes of Joburg’s world class theatre.

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How would you like to join your favourite band in London?

Serious! Converse presents: the Get Out Of The Garage Competition, phase two. They’re sending SA’s unsigned band to the legendary 100 Club in London. What’s even better is that your vote could give you and a friend this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tag along with your band. Isn’t that just awesome?

All you have to do is visit http://on.fb.me/getoutofthegarage, check out the super talented official 10 bands and vote. It’s that simple. The voting started on 18 July and will continue till 02 August 2012. The winners will be announced on the 6th of August 2012. Good luck to you and your favourite band.

Follow the conversation on Twitter @Converse_Africa and with the hashtag #Play100Club.

 – Vusi Khoza

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John Legend set to Wow SA Ladies this August

It is official, international headlining sensation John Legend will be back in SA for an exclusive and intimate show to celebrate Women’s Day this August at the Sandton Convention City on August 10th. He will be supported by SA songstress / Idols judge Unathi Msengana and multiple SAMA winning outfit MiCasa.

Cleverly leaked on social networks mid last week, Trademark Entertainment today announced their partnership with SABC3 to bring the iconic musician to SA in celebration of women all over the country. The night is especially dedicated to SA ladies but promises to entertain and wow all John Legend fans alike.

With the inclusion of two of SA’s hottest acts at the moment, the choice was obvious to include the talented, sexy and sassy Unathi and the SA favourites MiCasa to the line-up. Event ambassador Minnie Dlamini who will MC the show, tweeted that the night will offer a more intimate show than all his previous SA concerts. “This intimate seated show only offered a limited number of fans an experience to remember,” stated MetroFM’s Tbo Touch on his radio show last week.

With only 4000 tickets on sale nationwide, sales opened this week at Computicket. General access tickets are available for R900 while VIP costs R1400. For a more exclusive experience, VVIP tickets / hospitalities packages are also available at R1750 via special bookings on 011 844 1103


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Short Film Review: Child

The story is about a young couple about to be parents, who inherit a house from a deceased grandmother. It is while searching through this house that the couple makes a discovery that will not only change the course of both their lives, but will provide answers to questions from generations before. The film was created in the space of 48 hours and stars Legend Manqele, Thulani Mthethwa, Mbali Ndala, Dineo Lusenga and Phuti Nakene. The story is a period piece that tells of a story about love and family, fused with tragedy, passion and hope.

Having won the 2011 trophy for Best African film in the International 48 Hour Film Project, ‘Child’ has travelled to The Cannes Film Festival and was selected as one of the 14 top international films screened this year. The film was nominated at the Taos Shortz Film Festival in New Mexico and was up against 96 other films from across the globe. The 48 Hour Film Project began in Johannesburg in 2010 and allows aspiring, wannabe and professional filmmakers the chance to write, shoot, edit and score a film in… 48 hours! Crazy, I know, but so much fun indeed! Each team is given a genre, a prop, and a line for dialogue to be somehow included in the short film, a specific character is also supposed to be included in each film.

I watched the 7 minute film a few times, not only because I’m just such a sucker for love stories, but because I found this one to be so beautiful, so sad, and yet so full of hope. The film was superbly shot! I found the tall brother very good looking, the actresses were beautiful, costumes were on point, and the father, played by Legend Manqele, didn’t have that much to say, yet his acting skills and expressions did it for me and I applaud him for a job well done.  Having tried a dismal attempt at the 48 hour film project myself in 2010, all I can say to the director Lara Cunha, producer and editor Greg Catell and the awesome cast and crew is well done!

Pops Vilakazi


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My World returns today

The third season of My World is back on SABC 1 and starts tonight at 9pm. This season promises to be better, with even more entertainment, inspiration, and insight inside the world of Mzansi’s most talented personalities. The show is an 8 part series that will look into the lives of SA’s individuals who have excelled in their respective fields. The 1 hour show will take us into the lives of dancer Chomee, actor and musician Motlatsi Mafatshe, musical trio Micasa, race car driver Gugu Zulu, director Rolie Nikiwe, presenter Zizo Beda just to name a few.

Tonight at 9pm we meet Ntombezinhle Jiyane, aka DJ Zinhle, who has been rocking Mzansi’s clubbing scene as the first lady of Kalawa since 2009. We get to meet the woman behind the decks, huge headphones and stunning outfits. We see who she is when she isn’t in the limelight and in SA’s Sunday papers. Catch it all on SABC 1 Mzansi fo sho!

Poppy Pops Vilakazi


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Dineo Ranaka to rock our screens

We read about her in Mzansi’s tabloids as she made headlines for mostly all the wrong reasons. But fans will finally get to see beyond the newspaper headlines & experience the “real” Dineo on Wednesdays at 19:30 when Vuzu airs her 12 part reality series titled Dineo’s Diary: A Mogul in the Making.

The show follows Ranaka as she balances motherhood, family and her career, while taking viewers through the highs and lows of her life as she pursues her dream to become a mogul. Speaking at the Pyramid Day Spa for the media launch of the show on Wednesday, Head of Channel for Vuzu & Channel O, Solly Moeng said he was excited about their project with the former YFM DJ. “Dineo is a multi-faceted, strong woman and this show will reveal all that about her. The audiences are in for a good time and a shock as to who the real Dineo is,” he says.

Ranaka could also not contain her excitement, “I want to use myself as a case study for a lot of young entrepreneurs. So here I am. Watch me do it. It won’t be easy, I have stumbled but I will always dust myself off as I embark on my journey to build my empire,” she says. Apart from an all day intimate spa experience with the club 808 presenter, the media was also treated to a teaser screening of the show. On Dineo’s Diary fans will see Dineo as she launches her media company, get the down low on her relationship with boyfriend Les and interaction with her mother – who plays a supporting role as her hairstylist, grandmother to her son, as well as her siblings, among them popular actress Manaka Ranaka.

Ranaka is not just the star but also Executive Producer for the show. “It’s exciting entering the world of television from radio. I am confident about this production as I am working with a solid team. Vuzu is trendy and fashion forward and are the leaders in reality TV,” she adds With the positive reaction to other reality shows such Creame CartelRunning with the Reps and Forever Young all exclusive to Vuzu, Dineo’s Diary: A Mogul in the Making is also set to be a hit.

Tune on Wednesday 4th July at 19:30 on Vuzu – Channel 123.

Source: http://vuzu.dstv.com/


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