Chef Hennie Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen takes Proefessioneel title

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Thirty-one-year old Hennie Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen has taken top honours in the exciting SABC2 cooking competition Proefessioneel, hosted by award-winning celebrity chef Reuben Riffel.

The Pretoria Capsicum Culinary Studio graduate – who was once the manager of a symphony orchestra – saw off 19 other competitors to take the title and picked up prizes worth R135 000 and, most importantly, secured a position in one of the country’s top restaurants.

Van Nieuwenhuizen is now employed full-time at Eight Restaurant at Spier in Stellenbosch under Chef Lorianne Heyns. In fact, Heyns was so impressed with Hennie, that she offered him a job before he was crowned the winner!

He explains why he decided to enter Proefessioneel: “I have a long history of loving the spotlight, the mechanics of any theatre and the performance, as well as a deep-seated need to be creative and the will to win. The hardest moment of the show was waiting for the results, especially when you know that you have been cooking for such big names in the industry. That was really nerveracking.”

But the genial chef has always been brave when it comes to following his passion. After graduating with a music degree, he was involved in the arts before he decided to make a radical career change and enrol at the professional chefs’ school, from which he graduated in July.

“I have always been passionate about food. Capsicum helped me take my love of cooking from amateur to professional while teaching me important lessons about the industry.

“It is not always a career for the faint-hearted. It gets busy, sharp and hot, but it is ever evolving, creative, interactive and exciting! You are constantly working at high energy levels, banging out orders and have to have a mix of knowledge, talent and skill while working like a rabbit by cooking like a tortoise!”

“Now, winning Proefessioneel  has again changed my life – my confidence has grown and I have been able to show what I am capable of!”

Personal questions for Hennie Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen

Who has been your greatest mentor and why? I don’t think I can single out any of my mentors as I have learnt a great deal from each of the chefs that I have had the honour of training under. Chef Jaco van Niekerk at Pretoria Capsicum Culinary Studio had a major impact on my cooking, especially on my pastry and plating skills. Chef Jovan Bester gave me a thirst for the eclectic and Chef Janus Smith laid the best foundation! My new mentor, Chef Lorianne Heyns at Spier, is amazing to work for and I am already learning so much.”

What three famous chefs do you follow and why? I follow Chef Tom Aikens, I love his organic approach to food and the seasonal, locally farmed produce on his menus. Then Chef Antonio Bachour for his sensational and breathtakingly beautiful approach to pastry. And of course, Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, because local is lekker!

Apart from knives what is your best piece of kitchen equipment? A stand mixer. With a stand mixer you can make the heartiest of crunchy breads right down to the finest of pastries. While I say this, your hands can do that too… So I suppose it’s a tie. My hands, or a stand mixer!

What three ingredients would you always find in your pantry? Only three? Eggs, cream and butter, you cannot go wrong then.

What would you not eat? I am a chef. I must taste everything! How else would I be able to make an informed decision about what I am serving my guests?

Hennie Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen’s social media handles
Facebook: Hennie Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen
Twitter: @henniejvn
Instagram: hennie_jvn

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Amazebra and Siphokazi book their places in the SA Got Talent Grand Finale

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The first semi-final of SA Got Talent 2017, broadcast last night on, produced some of the most jaw-dropping and eye-popping performances of the season – and there are more to come!

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Amazebra astounded the audience with their modern twist on traditional dancing. 

The public made their voices heard in the viewer vote, sending traditional Zulu dance group, Amazebra, straight through to the Grand Finale. Dancer Jonty Stander and opera singer Siphokazi, who gained second and third most viewer votes respectively, had their fate decided by the judges to make a decision on who to send through to the finale. All judges had their say and sent a jubilant Siphokazi through to the live grand finale, which will be broadcast from the Soweto Theatre on 12 November at 6pm.

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Siphokazi’s operatic vocals left an epic impression on the audience and judges. 

This week, we will see more of the semi-finalists try and impress the public in the second semi-final on Sunday 29 October. The contestants who will be vying for the two coveted Grand Finale spots are acapella group Just 6, hip-hop dance crew Flame Boyz, unicyclist and juggler Captain P, Chinese dancers Nan Hau Dancers, Pop singer Fazlyn, beatboxer Seth and hair suspension artist Action Arte.

Tune in to this Sunday at 6PM to find out which of these amazing acts will join Amazebra and Siphokazi in the Grand Finale.

Semi-final 2: 29 October 2017
Semi-final 3: 5 November 2017
Finale: 12 November 2017

The show will broadcast from 6PM to 7PM, with the live results show following at 7:30PM, on the same night.

SA’s Got Talent is exclusive to and eHD on OpenView HD (Channel 104) and DStv (Channel 194) everySunday evening at 6PM.

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The Voice UK 2018 to be Shown Exclusively on ITV Choice


The UK version of the massive hit music talent show The Voice is coming to South African television in January next year and will be shown exclusively on ITV Choice (DStv 123). Even more exciting is the news that the show will be broadcast less than 24-hours after its UK transmission.

Says Katherine Wen, Channel Director for ITV Choice: “We are very excited to be bringing The Voice UK 2018 to South Africa and even more delighted that the ITV Choice audience will be able to watch the show so close to its UK premiere.

“It will be shown exclusively on ITV Choice in Africa and is the perfect family entertainment,” adds Wen.

Adds Aletta Alberts, General Manager of Content at Multichoice South Africa: “This is something really special for both DStv and fans of the The Voice UK and we are thrilled that ITV Choice has pulled off such an exciting acquisition. We are also delighted that it will be screened so close to the UK transmission as it further enhances our commitment to bring international hit shows as quickly as possible to our subscribers.”

While a start date has yet to be confirmed, the series will premiere sometime in early January 2018 and will go out on Sunday evenings.
ITV is currently holding auditions across the UK for 2018 contestants and has recently confirmed that pop sensation Olly Murs is set to join Tom Jones, and Jennifer Hudson as the fourth judge for the new series, following the departure of Gavin Rossdale who left the show earlier this year.

In related news, ITV Choice is also very pleased to announce that it has acquired the rights to broadcast The Voice Kids UK 2018 in South Africa. Aimed at children between the ages of 7-14 years old, the series – now in its second outing – sees the winner receiving a substantial cash prize as well as a family trip to Disneyland Paris. Unlike the adult version, there are no knockout rounds. The Voice Kids UK 2018 looks set to start transmission in the UK in mid-2018.

Broadcast of The Voice UK and The Voice Kids UK on ITV Choice next year is proof of the channel’s ongoing commitment to bring the best of British entertainment to South Africa and Wen has hinted of further exciting programme announcements within the next fortnight.

Stay tuned …Hit music talent show to be broadcast within 24-hours after UK

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SAs Got Talent reveals its Top 21 this Sunday

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One of the most important episodes of the season airs this Sunday as the Top 21 semi-finalists are revealed. SAs Got Talent, Sundays at 6:05PM.

Fazlyn Naidoo, AnecNote and Amazebra have already secured their spots in the semi-finals via the Golden Buzzer, but who will fill the 18 remaining slots?

This week, our acts battle it out for the chance to make it to the semi-finals, which will be broadcast live from the Soweto Theatre at 6PM, from 22 October.

Daveyton’s Siphokazi stuns the audience and judges with her operatic singing. 

There are three semi-finals, each featuring seven acts. Two acts from each semi-final will go through to the live Grand Finale on 12 November – one via public vote and the other on the back of the judges’ vote.

Tune into SA’s Got Talent this Sunday to see if your favourite act will get one step closer to winning the grand prize of half a million rand and the coveted title of SA’s Got Talent Champion 2017.

Athlone’s Own Reflection Crew owned the stage with their impressive dance routine.

Which act do you want to see in the semi-finals?

Watch SA’s Got Talent, Sundays at 6:05PM. Follow the show on Twitter and like the Facebook page.

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Afro House Artists Collaborates Through Unique Remix Competition

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In the spirit of true collaboration, local artist, Holly,  offered up the raw stems of an unreleased acoustic track for remix. After multiple requests to collaborate from both established and emerging producers, Holly wrote and recorded “Beautiful War” with the absolute intention of making it available for producers to remix. The quality of the remix submissions for this competition were absolutely insane. The volume of submissions as well as the level of productions skills exceeded all expectations.

“From the minute we heard the acoustic version of this sweet melody and the powerful vocals we knew that the track had very high remix potential. The unique time code of the original track presented an interesting challenge and it was great to hear how each producer took this on Ruben Thomas, Lyd Productions and partner in the Remix Competition. The remix pack included the vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and live bass guitar.

Making an unreleased stripped down track available for remix ensured that there was no influence over the direction of the remix and producers had total creative freedom in deciding on the direction and genre of their remix.  It also provided the opportunity for Holly to collaborate with a broader community of producers.

The winning remix by Sean PM received over 2000 votes 

Sean received the grand prize of:

  • Audiobox 96 Studio, HD7 Headphones, M7 Studio Microphone, Studio One Artist rec ording Software, Studio Magic Software Suite and a Microphone Cable. Approximate Value R3 500.

  • Submission to over 200 South African Radio Stations. Holly Music and Lyd Productions cc cannot guarantee any play listing on any radio stations but the track will be submitted. 

  • Submission to over 2000 South African DJ and a database of International DJ’s.

The six finalists all received the following:

Inclusion in a digital release of a remix pack on all major platforms through South Africa’s leading digital distribution aggregator, Content Connect Africa. Release Date 11 October 2017. Release to a database of 2000 plus South African DJ’s.

You can download all six remixes for review purposes here:

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Nolu Malope to host Married In A Flash on SABC 3

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Nolu Malope is the host of the new exciting reality wedding show Married In A Flash which will be broadcast Wednesdays at 19:30 from 11 October on SABC3.

Growing up in an artistic family, with both parents being musicians, actress and TV presenter Nolu quickly fell in love with a career within the entertainment industry.

Nolu’s career began as a commercial model at the age of 16. Her acting career began in 2014 when she got a bit-part on Generations. This was followed by lead roles, short stories, and a supporting role. Married in A Flash is a wedding show where couples who have been in a long term relationship or who are engaged are given a limited amount of time and with a limited budget of R75 000 to creatively plan and execute their wedding.

The couples will receive three days to plan their wedding and on the fourth day they will get married. Cameras will follow the couple as they prepare for their big day.

In episode 1 viewers will meet Sheila and Mark.

The couple met on a dating app and it was love at first swipe. Mark has been insisting on getting married at the court but Sheila wanted her dream wedding, Married In a Flash came through to make their dream come true.

Source: The Juice

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No Time To Lose Adventure Game Premiered On Insight TV

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No Time To Lose, which premiered last night on Insight TVis a hybrid between Survivor and The Amazing race. The contestants are from different parts of the world. Terence Webb is chosen as the official South African contestant to race against other contestants across South Africa.

During an intense trek across South Africa, 10 social influencers from around the world engage in an adventurous competition to win a Golden Watch. In this survival of the fittest, time is their best friend, but also their worst enemy. As you can imagine, these competitors are in quite a rush.

Terence Webb

The basic idea of this competition is to cross South Africa in the least amount of time. The race is subdivided into 10 stages. All of these stages must be completed within a total time of maximum 48hours. Every stage consists of a team challenge, a team race and an individual game – all battling the clock.

The slowest competitors will be eliminated. The ones with the most of time left at the finish, will compete in a thrilling final challenge, to win NO TIME TO LOSE.

Catch “No Time To Lose” every Sunday at 21:00 CET!

Watch the trailer below:

Meet the contestants:

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Maps Maponyane Hangman
Hangman, the reality television show which aims to uncover South Africa’s greatest innovator, with R1-million at stake – will premiere on on Sunday, October 8 at 12h00. The Cell C original series, which is hosted by Maps Maponyane, will also be streamed online.

Hangman is a show unlike anything on any screen anywhere! A global first in interactive, immersive entertainment, it puts viewers in the driver’s seat. By “investing” in a virtual Stock Exchange, they can help determine the outcome of the show, while standing in line to win great viewer prizes including a car.

This new reality show also gives wings to the aspirations of entrepreneurs who have identified a gap in the market and have come up with an innovation that fills that space and want to bring it to the market.

Hangman consists of two different content streams. The first is the actual reality series, which will be broadcast on as well as being streamed live online.

A final group of 10 contestants, selected from a group of 45, will have to prove their mettle through a series of gruelling challenges but their fate is determined by more than performance alone. They will have to win the approval of ‘Backers’, captains of industry and investment with keen business acumen and ruthless standards. These include celebrity economist Iraj Abedian; self-made billionaire Quinton van der Burgh; Bonang Mohale, chairman of Shell South Africa Energy Limited and businesswoman and entrepreneur Connie Mashaba.

The second stream comes in the form of a Stock Exchange called ‘The Exchange’. Viewers can truly immerse themselves in the show, meet the Backers, be inspired by successful innovators and get expert business insights. To take part in the outcome of the show, win great prizes and rewards, viewers can become virtual investors by trading on The Exchange. They will also help drive the outcome of the competition.

All customers that download the Cell C Reality App automatically receive 100 000 points which they can use to participate in the ‘The Exchange’. Points are allocated to play the game. Customers win a variety of prizes by playing the game, including a car, smartphones, data, cash and vouchers.

The innovator who succeeds in garnering the support of the Backers, while rallying viewer/‘investor’ sentiment, could walk away with a R1 million cash prize and everything needed to succeed in a 21st century market.

True grit, determination and prowess will determine the winner of the ultimate prize.

Contestants and viewers do not need to be a Cell C customer to play or download the App but Cell C customers will receive bonuses for participation and watching the show.

Hangman starts on (on DStv it can be found on channel 194) on Sunday, October 8 at 12h00 with a repeat on Saturday, October 14 at 13h00. Check social media for more updates, visit or Twitter: @cellchangman

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It’s your chance to become your own Cake Boss!

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America’s favourite celebrity baker Buddy Valastro is back with an all-new season of the hit series Cake Boss on TLC Discovery (DStv Channel 135) every Saturday with two episodes back-to-back at 19:00 and 19:30.

In celebration, South Africa’s esteemed chef school – Capsicum Culinary Studio – is giving one lucky person the chance to become their own cake boss and win a bursary to study for a diploma in patisserie worth more than R100 000.

Valastro is one of the most renowned cake artists in the US and the master baker of Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey, known for their marvellous and extraordinary cakes and patisserie.
In Season 9 of Cake Boss, Valastro and his team are back in the mix and it’s hotter than ever in the kitchen as he bakes up more elaborate creations, tackling more of the confectionary challenges that have made the series a global phenomenon.

Those who would like the opportunity to become their own cake boss should go to to enter. Entries close on Wednesday, October 11. Also watch Cake Boss for more details.

Fourteen finalists will be selected in a random draw and will then compete in a cake bake-off at Capsicum’s Johannesburg campus on Saturday, October 21. The winner will receive a bursary to study a Patisserie Diploma from City and Guilds at one of Capsicum’s six campuses around South Africa. It is an internationally recognised course that provides all the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge for anyone looking to specialise in pastry and desserts.

Terms and conditions are available on the website.

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Call for entries – espYoungLegends Competition 2018

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espYoungLegends Competition 2018 

CALL FOR ENTRIES: espAfrika invites unsigned musicians to apply to perform at the 19th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival 

Cape Town, 14 September 2017 – Now in its third year, espYoungLegends continues to attract exceptional South African musical talent.  The competition is aimed at providing a spot in the limelight for unsigned, jazz-inspired bands of two to six members, where the winner will perform at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2018, taking place on 23 and 24 March 2018.  Past winners of the competition include Cape Town’s own Lana Crowster and Eastern Cape’s VuDu, who have both gone on to achieve entertainment excellence throughout South Africa and beyond.

espYoungLegends Competition 2018

Your vote counts – In the first two iterations, the ultimate winner was selected by a panel of music experts, but this year, espAfrika is leaving the final decision up to the music fans.  Public voting for the Top 20 contenders will take place between Tuesday 10 October and Monday 16 October 2017.  Once the shortlist has been announced, public voting will get underway to select the next espYoungLegends titleholder – bookmark Tuesday 24 October 2017 to midnight on Monday 30 October 2017 to make your voice heard. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 31 October 2017 via social media and

With the submission deadline looming, the heat is on to get applications in! Closing date is Friday 22 September 2017.

Follow espAfrika on social media
Official hashtag: #espYL2018

About espYoungLegends

espYoungLegends is a unique online competition that takes place annually brought to you by espAfrika (Pty) Ltd and Cape Town International Jazz Festival. After a fantastic debut year with winner Lana Crowster, and second annual winner VuDu, it’s time to begin the search for the next unsigned jazz-inspired band to perform at #CTIJF2018! Our goal is to find an outstanding, talented band of 2 – 6 members. The winner will perform at #CTIJF2018 on Friday 23 or Saturday 24 March 2018. We’re looking for undiscovered gems with raw talent and the full package to join our line-up and rub shoulders with musical heavyweights.

Bands with high performance standards, quality of musicianship and a strong focus on pushing their career forward, are welcome to apply!

About espAfrika 

espAfrika is a global leader in creating and producing unique entertaining experiences. With nearly twenty years in the industry, the company is one of the most highly-awarded event management and production organisations in South Africa. espAfrika thrives on realising clients’ ideas and creating exceptional concepts that are relevant and engaging to today’s audiences. espAfrika owns and manages annual events such as the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which attracts festinos from around the world. espAfrika is a proud subsidiary of African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI)

About The Cape Town International Jazz Festival 

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) is the flagship event for Cape Town-based, global events management and production company espAfrika.

Affectionately referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering”, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival remains the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa. 2018 will mark the 19th staging of this world-renowned event, famous for delivering star-studded line ups of international and local artists sourced from the rich spectrum of jazz and jazz-related genres. The event is hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), on the last weekend of March or the first weekend of April, each year. The festival boasts multiple stages with over forty artists performing over two nights, and plays host to more than 37, 000 music lovers.

Underpinning the event is an established and highly regarded outreach – the CTIJF Sustainable Training & Development programme-  that aims to uplift and educate the South African youth, exposing them to music, events, entertainment industry skills, as well as much needed life lessons.


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