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Back to School – What laptop should I buy?

Buying a laptop for the 1st time can be an extremely intimidating process, with so many brands and models to choose from, one can get a confused. When choosing the right laptop it all comes down to what you plan to use it for, what you are willing to spend and if you are going to go PC or Mac.

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Below is a list of standard things that I suggest you look at when you are about to purchase the laptop:-
• Processor, Battery Life, Screen Size, Memory, Hard drive, Wireless Connectivity, Connectivity & Ports…I have taken the liberty of suggesting a few laptops, the pricing ranges and they are in no particular order of preference.

Mid Priced Laptops
1. HP Pavilion G6
• Well suited for daily computing, comes in multiple colours and
o Operating system –Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
o Processor – 3rd generationIntel® Core™ i3-2370M
o Screen size – 15.6″ diagonal High Definition HP BrightView LED Display (1366×768)
o Memory – 4GB DDR3
o Hard Drive – 500GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
 Priced From: R5999-00
 Tel: 0800 11 8883

2. Dell Ispirion 3520 i3
• Get speedy performance and easy access to music, photos and videos
• Can handle all of your daily computing and multitasking needs
o Operating system – Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
o Processor – Powered by an Intel® Core™ i3-2350M Dual-Core 2.3 GHz dual-core processor
o Screen size – 15-3520
o Memory – 4 GB of DDR3 RAM,
o Hard Drive – The 500 GB
 Price From: R5999-00

3. Samsung 300ESC-T01ZA
• This laptop has Samsung’s FastStart technology which will have you booted up in seconds and also comes with their PowerPlus Battery Technology
o Operating System – Windows 8
o Processor – Intel® Core™ i5 3210M
o Screen – 15.6” HD Screen
o Memory – 4GB
o Hard Drive – 750GB Hard drive
 Priced From: R7 000-00

4. Lenovo Ideapad Z580
• The Lenovo Ideapad Z580 offers a perfect balance of affordibilty performance Offering vivid colors and offer a perfect balance of affordability performance and multimedia features.Intel Core i7-3632QM,
o Memory: 8GB,
o Hard Drive: 1TB,
o Graphics: nVidiaGeforce GT 630M (2GB),
o DVD-RW Drive,
o Windows 8
 Priced From: R8 999-00
 Tel: 010 590 8858
High End Laptop
5. Mac book Air
• The ultimate everday notebook.
• Thin and Light.
o Operating System – Mac OS X
o Processor – Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
o Screen – 11-inch or 13-inch Displays
o Memory – 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory
 Price From: R10 499 – 00
 Tel: 011 535 9080

6. HP Envy 4 Ultrabook
• Thin and light and ultra-responsive, the HP ENVY is the Ultrabook™ with Beats Audio™
o Operating System – Windows 8 64
o Processor – Intel® Core™ i5-3317U
o Screen – 14-inch
o Memory – 4 GB DDR3
o Hard Drive – 500 GB SATA (5400 rpm), 32 GB mSATA SSD
 Price From: R10 999-00
 Tel: 0800 11 8883

What laptop would you like to own and why?
Article by: Thuli Sibeko
Twitter: @thulilo

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Khanyi Mbau’s book hits shelves


While her flamboyant and daring personality has made this stage actress a darling of the media and a sought-after guest at parties, her flashy lifestyle and relationships with older (and often married) men has made her one of the country’s most talked about woman.
According to Sowetan Live Khanyi has apparently quit her leading part in the Lebo Mathosa stage play via sms, she denies this so…I guess will see if she’s on stage for the final week of the production. It was said she wanted to focus more on promoting her “tell all” book.
In her book ‘B***h, Please! I’m Khanyi Mbau’, the Queen of Bling bares her soul as she tells of some of the hard lessons she learned and of the things she will never do again. Whether you are a Khanyi Mbau fan or not, you cannot fight the curiosity of wanting to know what went on beyond the headlines and, If this book is as sincere and genuine as books should be, then we are in for a spicy read!

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The 2012 Gadget Guide

As we all know, Christmas is a time for giving and getting broke but while doing so, it’s also a time for receiving, it’s a time for family and friends, braai’s and 7 coloured meals with tons of gossip and laughter. It’s also a time for buying plenty of gifts for those family members who you don’t really know but who claim to know you. It’s for getting gifts for your man, girl and chommies, whether it’s a book, jewellery, phone, games, clothes…we all have our preference. I have found that giving gadgets as Christmas gifts, always seems to be a HIT.

Gadgets will forever be something we love to play with. It’s the perfect gift for people who really want to have the latest and greatest gadgets in town. You can spoil yourself or be generous enough to buy the gadget for “that” special person. This year there are tons of fantastic gadgets to choose from and I unfortunately don’t have the space to cover them all. So I have taken the time out to list just 5 gadgets (in no particular order) that I feel will make an awesome way to seal of 2012.

1. Samsung Galaxy S3–‘Designed by humans – Inspired by Nature’
• A 4.8-inch touchscreen, 8-megapixel rear-facing and 1.9-megapixel forward-facing camera, Super AMOLED HD (1280×720) screen, 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos 4 Quad processor and runs on the latest version of Android — Ice Cream Sandwich.

2. iPador iPad Mini
• Retina display, Apple A5X chip with a quad-core graphics processor, a 5 megapixel camera, HD 1080p video recording, voice dictation, iOS 5.1,

3. Wireless Beats by Dr Dre–‘Total freedom from wires’
• Incredibly clear sound, Ten hours of battery life, Easy playback, Pair your headphones to any device.

4. iPod Touch –‘Engineered for maximum Funness’
• Brilliant new design, 4-inch Retina Display, iSight Camera, iOS 6, Earpod, Dual-Core A5 chip

5. Microsoft Xbox 360 – ‘Built for Fun’
• A choice of a Standard Console or Special Edition Bundle

I wouldn’t mind all of them, what Gadget would you like for Christmas?
Article by: Thuli Sibeko
Twitter: @thulilo

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REarVIEW: The Ultimate Car Test Drive – The New Toyota 86

The slogan for the new Toyota 86 is “GO PLAY”! You can only understand why when you get behind the wheel of this sports car.

I got a chance to drive the car recently and the experience was fantastic. I have never been much of a Toyota fan even though I have driven a few. The new 86 however has managed to change my perception of Toyota completely and I’ll tell you why.

The Toyota 86 is an eye catcher and it does that at first glance. From the charming lights in the front, the unique 86 badge on the front fender, the stylish frame-less doors which are awesome for a sports coupe, to the sexy behind that gives it a strong muscular look; you simply cannot miss the strong presence of the Toyota 86!

The interior is also very exciting. It features very comfortable sports bucket seats for both the driver and the passenger and a small sports steering wheel which is good for a sporty drive. It has carbon fibre finish on the dashboard which is quite trendy today. Audio system: radio/CD with 6 speakers. It has aluminium pedals that match the trims on the steering, gear nob, dash and the door panels. The back seats have no leg room, suggesting that the car is just for you and your girl or mother if you are mama’s boy.

The drive was about the best of the entire experience. The Toyota 86 features a 2.0 litre boxer engine which roars when you put foot. I was in a shirt and tie and I felt like removing my tie at every single stage of the test. Thank heavens I experienced the test with the beautiful Mrs Adelaide Dadabela who helped me keep to the speed limit! It has a very rigid suspension with a slightly stiff steering which makes you feel in control when you drive. It’s a six speed which comes in manual or auto and I drove the manual with a consumption of 7.8 L/100 kilometres. The clutch is soft for the easy gear shifting; the accelerator very responsive when you press the gas, and of course rear-wheel drive completes any good car.

With the Toyota 86 the company has entered into some stiff competition in the market. The 86 is up against cars such as the Audi TT, Mercedes-Benz SLK 200, BMW Z4, Nissan 370Z and the Chrysler Crossfire. In this group of cars the 86 does quite well in terms of price and value for money and it is very good looking too. You could complain about a few things on the 86 if you don’t mind spending half a million on a SLK.

Why thumbs down? The car only comes with a 2.0 engine, manually adjustable seats, positioning of the handbrake and seats made of fabric in standard model.

Why thumbs up? Good design and car looks like a sports car, comfortable, good handling, and the 86 badge which is quite unique and the a very good price from R 298 500 – R 346 500.

Buy this car for? Yourself, your husband, your wife, your daughter, your son, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your pastor, your secret admirer, your father in-law or your ugly boss…..basically anyone can drive this car and still feel good.

My rate: 3.5/5 Cars.

Car sponsored by: Killarney Toyota Houghton
To buy or book a test contact: Adelaide Dadabela (Sales Executive)
011 486 3612 / 084 886 9377

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Twitter: @ToyotaLive

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Book Review – Eyebags and Dimples by Bonnie Henna

Book review- Eyebags and dimples by Bonnie Henna

I’ve always misunderstood Bonnie Mbuli now known as Bonnie Henna. I found what the media said about her attitude and coldness true in the way in which she carried herself on TV during interviews and newspaper articles. She just somehow always seemed mean and angry at life and anyone in it. Even though I thought she was so beautiful and successful, I could not think why on earth one would walk around sour faced and angry while the world ate from the palm of her equally beautiful hands.  From her presenting days alongside Glen Lewis in Technics heart of the beat, to her acting career in films like Catch a fire, Drum and Gaz’lam she came across as an ungrateful celebrity who simply had it all going for her but refused to see it. I read her book Eyebags and dimples, which like the title says describes the joys and sadness that life has given her. It gave me so much perspective on the misunderstood beauty in that she reveals her struggle with the media, her love for God, her abusive childhood, her journey through motherhood, living and struggling in the United States and her love for film and TV in Mzansi. It’s an intimate writing on the battle she continues to have as a black actress in this country, her fight with depression and the love story with her husband Tsha Tsha actor Sisanda Henna.


The book taught me a lot on how suffering from depression while being black at the same time is taboo. I learned just how and what being a celebrity in Mzansi is like which was such an eye opener to the fans. Simply put, the book is her truth and I found some of the things she said very sincere while others were simply brave and straight up daring. She is not slow to name drop those who did her wrong but also acknowledges and thanks each and everyone of those individuals who helped get her where he is. It’s worth the read.

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Muvic closet shoe sensation

Muvic closet shoes are the latest sensation on everyone’s feet.If you’re one of those women who live on top of the world then I suggest you do so in style with a pair of these gorgeous shoes. If you’re a peep toe kind of girl, a wedge sister like me, or simply love yourself a pair of 16 inches then this footwear is just what you wanna be rocking this December. If you’re into colour blocking, wanna keep it simple, wanna stop traffic while looking elegant then this range has exactly what you are looking for. Young Limpopo born business woman Muriel Akpabio initially began her business as a boot-boutique and has since gone on to own her own store with customers flocking in and stepping out in glitz and glam ready for the festive season. For the Diva’s, plane Jane’s and elegant  women contact Muriel for a shoe that best fits who you are.

Muvic closet prides itself with only the best,luxurious,high quality,beautiful designer shoes. You can now afford to wear comfort and still look hot and stylish while doing so. Woza December and the swag that comes with it!

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Book Review: Alone in a shower

alone in the shower(1)Book Review-Alone in a shower by KC Dinoke

The title of the book got my attention and I was eager to find out what local radio stations were going on about when they reviewed it. I was a bit skeptical to read it in that the author was a young man writing about what he does when he is alone in a shower..It seriously left much to be desired, but when I first started reading the preface of the book I knew it was nothing like I had imagined it might turn out to be (Thank God!) Instead it seemed more like a feel good, positivity motivational what what type of book. I thought it would be filled with big words going on and on about how beautiful the sky and the birds are, about how we need to look for the rainbow even when it’s raining outside. It seemed to be one of those unrealistically positive books preaching just how capable we all are if “we just believe”. I rolled my eyes at the thought of reading it and when I did finally go past my single minded perceptions on the book and actually got down to reading it, I couldn’t put it down.

“Days conceived weeks, weeks gave birth to months but when I checked the belly of my pockets, emptiness was echoing insults to me. My beard was growing at lightning speed in spite of me trying to shave daily so that I can keep myself looking younger to deceive the world into thinking that I was still a child who needed to be taken care of. I didn’t want to be recognized and classified as a grown up in fear of the responsibilities and expectations that come along with being an adult”. Chapter 1 pg 16-Alone in a shower.

Alone in a shower is actually a very sincere, honest and inspiring collection of a young man’s thoughts, poems and positive energy in a time of murkiness. It’s a memoir of a man’s struggles and triumphs at success in a time of scarcity, lack and negativity. It’s a realistic hard hitting book on just how powerful your perception on life and yourself can be. The book is about being able to separate and know the difference between happiness and complete depression and how you own the key towards a path of happy living. The author refers to the “shower” as the space that one goes to in order to truly reflect on who you are and what your purpose is, he defines it as a place of comfort and self discovery in a spiritual and emotional way. It’s a mental space you tap into with the hope of charging yourself up and deciding to live your life whether happy or not.

“I wanted to be able to provide food for myself, to provide clothes for myself, to go out and have fun as much as I wanted to without being concerned about the cost, to be able to have a roof over my head that I was able to maintain, to be able to have control of my life and not living on someone else’s mercy, I wanted to realize my dreams”. Chapter 1 pg 18-Alone in shower. The book is based on the life of the author who is not shy in mentioning in detail the realities of how unemployment, depression and loneliness affected who he was as a man, citizen and child of God.

I love that the writer didn’t sit on a high chair and preach to me, he spoke to me in a way that didn’t deny the fact that life can indeed suck but it also told me that in spite of life sucking I can still come out a successful person in that “I am a pioneer”.
“It is so wonderful for me to face every adventure knowing that I am a champion even before the game starts. But I will never take anything for granted and let my over-sized ego prevent me from preparing myself and improving my skill for the fight”. Chapter 8 pg 93-Alone in a shower
The book reminds me a lot of what the Kasi times brand strives to achieve from its youth. It, in every sense represents Kasi times’ motto which is to “Inspire, motivate and empower SA’s youth”.
Would I read it again? Hell yes!
Would I recommend it to a friend? Of course yes!

To get a copy of the book email or call 084 200 5469

Poppy Pops Vilakazi

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The Chocolat Festival in Johannesburg

Chocolate. The word is in itself delectable. In the words of celebrity chef, Nicolas D. van der Walt, the art of pastry, particularly chocolate, “Is magic!” And what a magical weekend it was bound to be! The second annual Chocolat Festival had its launch at Eastgate Mall recently. We were in for a treat: finger food that included succulent sweet and sour ribs, crumbed avocado and more yummy food for the tummy; two bottles of wine (dry red and white, of course), courtesy of Slent; nice and hot mugs of coffee to fight off that winter chill; and (drum roll please) la chocolat!

The chocolate festival launch started off nice and groovy with the raspy, though smooth, voice of Peter West. The contemporary music star, accompanied by our host, whom they call Beukers, took us back with some good ol’ Rock and Roll. The guests clapped along, some sang along and the shy ones managed to tap their feet. After a short talk from Justin of Slent Wines and encouragement to enjoy their wines, he set us all at ease, “Red wine with dark chocolate and white wine with white chocolate. Now that you know the rules, you can break them!” Laughter flowed and so did the wine.

Up next were the men of the moment: renowned pastry chefs Nicolas (known as Nico) and Lesley Jacobs. With their entourage of students (from their Food and Beverage Institute, or FBI, in Fourways), Lesley took us through Nico’s demonstration of moulding chocolate using a lathe (wood work equipment). This technique was a pleasure to watch; who would have thought to use a lathe in such a manner?

The symbolic cutting of the cake, commemorating the opening of the chocolate festival, took place and was followed by more music. Within a few minutes I was sitting opposite the delightful Nico. Our chat, which ended all too soon, happened as the rest of the guests enjoyed their chocolate cupcakes and wine.

Amandla:      You’ve entered tons of competitions; what role do you think your competitiveness has had on your success?

Nico:               Competitions make you work harder. They make you push yourself and prove yourself. I think it’s very important for every chef to be competitive.

Amandla:      In the year 2000, you won an Olympic gold medal in culinary. I didn’t even know there was such a competition.

Nico:               (laughs) Wow! They were the World Championships in Holland and our team won gold. Then I was announced Best Chef in the World!

Amandla:      How old were you at the time?

Nico:               I was about 22 or 23 years old. I don’t even remember how it happened; I was so shocked I had to read about it in the papers!

Chef Nico with Amandla

Amandla:      Why did you decide to focus on pastries as opposed to just ‘normal’ food like a lot of chefs?

Nico:               Creativity. With pastries and chocolate you can manipulate it and create something so beautiful. For last year’s chocolate festival I created the Mona Lisa, painted using chocolate. This year we are also showcasing the chocolate paintings done by the students (of the Food and Beverage Institute where he teaches). Creating pastries and chocolate is magical!

Amandla:      You’ve prepared and designed pastries for high society in world-class hotels both locally and abroad; how different is the experience to doing it for family and friends, if at all?

Nico:               I have been a chef at the Savoy in London, which was wonderful, and the Saxon [Boutique Hotel and Spa in Johannesburg] was the best! There was pressure to make sure my creations were Wow! But when I’m with family and friends, I’m just me. I’ll usually go for a normal thing like a braai. I don’t flash; it’s a bit uncomfortable (laughs). One thing I always forget though is to bring dessert. I get invited to dinners and you know they expect me to bring dessert… but I always, always forget!

Amandla:      You’re responsible for teaching advanced pastry students at the FBI Chef School. Would you say that students need to be artistically inclined to excel in the pastry business or is it something that can be taught?

Nico:               A lot of the students who painted these [portraits] had never painted before. They are not art students, but that artistic spark and creativity is inside them. All I do is teach them, guide them and then I leave them. And this (points to the chocolate paintings) comes out.

Chocolate paintings

Amandla:      Chocolate is one of the world’s most loved delicacy, yet such events and festivals that celebrate chocolate are few in South Africa. What’s your take on this?

Nico:   Bloemfontein has hosted the chocolate festival for the past four years and we are now in Johannesburg for the second time. Bloemfontein is lovely; there was a lot of media coverage and the people are also great. Joburg is a bit different maybe the people will warm up to [the festival] in time, especially if they know about it.

Amandla:      What is chef Nico’s favourite dessert?

Nico:               (blushes as he laughs) Passion fruit crème brûlée. Anything with passion fruit. When it comes to chocolate I love bitter chocolate, but passion fruit is an all-time favourite.

Amandla:      Passion fruit for a Passionate Chef!

Nico:               Can I give you a little something?

Amandla:      (shrugs) Ok!

I followed Nico to the stage where earlier he had demonstrated his lathe chocolate technique, and to my surprise he handed over the top part of the chocolate sculpture – an unexpected choc-ful way of concluding the Chocolat Festival launch.

During that weekend the festival was in full bloom. I came across some gorgeous flower arrangements made of chocolate and faux flowers. “They make the perfect gift. You want to give someone flowers but how long do those last? These last much longer,” Tal, the guy responsible for these delectable flowers explains to me. “They wouldn’t last long around me,” I laugh. House of Coffees was also present at the festival; guests went home with traveller plungers and bags of filter coffee. And apparently Miss Lira (yes, the songstress) also could not resist the chocolate festival; she too, had to get her fix.

If you missed the festival, worry not. Just make sure you catch it next year and make sure you have enough space in your tummy for chocolate, cake, coffee and even more chocolate.

Amandla Kwinana


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Review: The Amazing Spider-man

The Amazing Spider-man is the fourth instalment of the Spider-man franchise. Having seen the last three Spider-man movies my anticipation for The Amazing Spiderman was through the roof.

The Amazing Spider-man is actually a reboot of the first Spider-man – it’s just with a whole new cast. Andrew Garfield is Spider-man, Emma Stone is Gwen Stacy, Michael Sheen and Sally Fields are Peter Parker’s uncle and aunt.

The predictable beginning begins with the disappearance of Peter Parker’s (that is Spider-man) parents. Peter grows up to be a well-behaved boy; a nerdy photography student who stands up for others despite his skinny figure. Yes, he gets beaten up a lot.

Peter accidently finds his father’s suitcase in the basement; in it he finds a document that leads him to a huge science corporation. He goes there and sneaks into a tour group led by none other than Gwen Stacy – his love interest. He sneaks off and enters a room where creepy spiders are building webs. Suddenly they all drop on him and he is bitten, turning him into Spider-man. Peter Parker is now ‘cool.’

Since Peter Parker is now Spiderman, he needs an archenemy, right? Enter the crazy scientist with one arm who believes he’s found a formula to grow new limbs in human beings. Inspired by the lizards which grow new limbs at will or when needed, the scientist injects himself with too much formula. He then turns into a super ugly, schizophrenic lizard. This crazy, aggressive creature wrecks havoc on the citizens of New York, but Spider-man intervenes and the battle between the two ensues. In the end the lizard is defeated and taken to jail. Again, Spider-man saves the day and becomes the hero for all New Yorkers.

The Amazing Spider-man is anything but amazing. It was good and that’s all. The CGI effects were impressive but did not take away from the fact that not one creative bone was used to make the movie. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were cute together, but so were Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. If you don’t understand my frustration, imagine a fourth Matrix coming out that is actually the retelling of the first Matrix with a whole new cast! Not exciting is it?

The acting from all four main characters is good but the storyline is disappointing. The action scenes were superb and the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone overflows. If you are going to watch the movie, opt for the 2D version the 3D version is not worth it.

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BMW Unveils New Sporty Hybrid Concept: i8 Spyder

BMW has unveiled the third concept car from its i8 series of electric-gas hybrids: the i8 Spyder.

The i8 Spyder is based on the i8 concept car which debuted in 2011, ditching the top and the back two seats, and perhaps some of the more radical ideas from BMW’s first sporty hybrid concept.

The i8 Spyder sports a 96 kW/131 hp on the front, coupled with a 164 kW/223 hp gasoline engine on the back, which accelerate the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

As far as fuel consumption goes, BMW claims 3 liters per 100 km (62 miles), with 30 kilometres (19 miles) of autonomy on electric power alone.

The design of the car is still as otherworldly as the first two i8 concepts, with plenty of black and electric blue details, upward-swivelling doors and a semi-transparent “V” on the front end, which enables passers-by to take a look at the electric engine.

The interior features an 8.8-inch (22.4 cm) screen display, which, claims BMW, shows “all the relevant driving information in three-dimensional, high-resolution quality.”

There’s no word on when BMW will show this vehicle in the flesh, but the upcoming New York Auto show, which is held on April 4-5, is as good a guess as any.


Read more: BMW Unveils New Sporty Hybrid Concept: i8 Spyder.

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg Trend Report #MBFWJ

Avant pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

As you might have gathered in our tweets and fashion pieces, I attended Joburg Fashion Week recently. I was taken to the past, present and future by the designer collections and trends.

There were over 25 designers, all showcasing unique looks inspired by different places, stories and people for this year’s Autumn/Winter. Trends included exaggerated shoulders, colour blocking, clashing prints and patterns, winter coats, Peter-pan shoes and detachable collars, checks, bowties, sequins, turn-up pants, coat dresses, sheer fabrics and interesting cuts. Also, layering – as we saw in Avant’s collection – and faux fur, as we spotted in the David Tlale’s collection, are just some of this year’s winter looks.

Pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

White was a popular colour used by designers, while some utilized different shades of earthy tones. Gold, floral prints and bright contrasting tones, not forgetting the shiny shimmery fabrics, were also common.

Pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

- Innocent Ndlovu

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Pops Reviews Woza Albert

Woza Albert is a theatre classic which stars Hamilton Ntokozo Dlamini and Mncedisi Baldwin Shabangu – outstanding men of the stage in their own right. Having both been in the acting industry for over a dozen years each, it is through this play that their pure talent and passion resonate. Back by popular demand, the play is set during Apartheid era around various characters that were affected by the oppressive laws of the state at the time. Revolving around the theme of the second coming of Christ, the play retells stories of Jesus in an Apartheid context.

Each character is an average citizen and the play tells of their thoughts about the rumours of “Morena” coming to South Africa via the national airlines, and what they would say to him or ask for if they met him face to face.

I found the play to be an honest and painful visual of different black South African’s personal feelings towards their thoughts about the Son of man during a dark and dreadful time. With humour as a backdrop the play tells a painful story of hard labour, poverty, slavery, darkness and faith in a time of hopelessness.

Having been raised in a happier, less oppressive time, the play was to me a true reflection of what Albert Luthuli, Steve Biko and Lillian Ngoyi died trying to achieve for this country. Originally created by Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema and Barney Simon, this 2012 version is directed by Prince Lamla.

This is one of Mncedisi’s finest work. Hamilton goes into each character with rare precision and timing. Both men act out for the entire 90 minutes with such great confidence, vigour and boundless energy.

Not everyone will understand certain scenes. In the play, there’s this most powerful scene when “Morena” raises fallen comrades from the grave – it is in vernacular and so are most of the songs. If you’re not familiar with the language you may be temporarily left in wonder.

Would I watch it again? In a heartbeat! Would I recommend it to a friend? Not only that, but I’d recommend it to Kasi Times readers too!


- Pops Vilakazi

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2012: AFI Fastrack

Johannesburg came alive as fashion designers, journalists, photographers, models and makeup artists made their way to the Hyde Park Corner rooftop for the first ever Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg.

Day 1 saw a showcase of South Africa’s design graduates in the AFI Fastrack initiative in partnership with Foschini. The program aims to develop young designers through mentorship and business development coaching. Submissions were taken from graduate collections of participating design institutions nationwide. Twelve finalists were selected to showcase their lines in the finale, competing for a cash prize and an internship at Foschini. This year’s winners were Nkosi Wetive, Shelly Botha, Kim Gush and Kyra Moon. They will also get an opportunity to showcase a capsule collection at Africa Fashion International later in the year.

Pics by Simon Dreiner

Pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

The AFI Fastrack trends included the still popular colour blocking trend, layered gowns, and shiny fabrics. There was a unique trend of polka dots matched with bright florals and a gothic/warrior inspired look by Kim Gush. Colours ranged from earthy tones to bright pinks and multi-coloured prints.

Pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

Pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

Kyra Moon’s Chinese inspired collection was very catchy, while Shelly Botha’s children’s collection was funky.


Pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

Pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

- By Innocent Ndlovu

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Fashion News Round-Up: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg

Africa Fashion International's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg

Mercedes Benz has partnered with Africa Fashion International to bring you Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg, which will be followed by two other fashion weeks later in the year. The association between AFI and automaker Mercedes Benz was announced last Thursday at the launch held in Hyde Park.

More than 25 designers will showcase their collections this year. Thula Sindi, David Tlale, Gavin Rajah, Kluk CGDT, C-Squared, Fabiani, Abigail Betz, Black Coal Clothing, Spero Villioti and Thabani Mavundla are just some of the designers set to show their collections. Speaking at the launch Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe said the launch of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg was timely and significant. “Timely because this is our first event of the year and it sets the tone for all the fantastic events we have in plan for this year. I say significant because with this collaboration we are now well-positioned to make Joburg a global fashion city.”

Mercedes Benz took the opportunity to unveil its new C-Class C180 sedan style edition that was specially made for the event.

Arise Magazine Fashion Week Lagos

In other fashion news. Arise Magazine Fashion week Lagos 2012 will be a huge fashion affair this year that will run for six days from the 6th to the 11th of March in three tents at the 5-star Federal Palace hotel in Lagos. 77 designers from six continents are scheduled to showcase their lines. La Quan Smith, Gavin Rajah, Maki-Oh, Mataano, Madam Wokie’s Couture, Adama Paris, Jewel by Lisa, Jacob Kimmie, Kevan Hall and Virgos Lounge are some of the designers that were chosen to participate. Last year the event hosted 5,000 guests, 51 designers, 81 models and 5 musical acts.

London Fashion Week

A Tribe Called

We have moved on from New York Fashion Week and set our eyes on London Fashion week where several designers hailing from the continent will showcase their designs. Keep an eye on Caroline Charles (Egypt), PPQ (Amy Molyneaux from South Africa), The Tribe Called (Zimbabwe), Nicole Farhi (Algeria), House of Silk (Nigera) and Ozwald Boateng (Ghana) who will all be showcasing their designs.

Ozwald Boateng

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