Anecnote are the SA’s Got Talent 2017 winners

Anecnote South Africas Got Talent 2017 winners

Anecnote walked away as SA’s Got Talent winners for 2017 after a highly contested finale which saw acts going tooth and nail to impress the public for their votes. Anecnote were DJ Fresh’s golden buzzer in the theatre auditions and they lived up to all expectations in the live finals which took place at the Soweto Theatre. They walk away with the title of SA’s Got Talent winners and R500 000 courtesy of and Samsung.

This year’s acts all brought their A game. Art Of Dance and Amazebra placed second and third respectively with Art Of Dance winning R50 000 and Amazebra winning R20 000 courtesy of Samsung.

Anecnote SAs Got Talent 2017 winners

Kevin Smuts from Anecnote still can’t believe the result. ‘We’re all in a state of shock and I don’t think it has quite sunken in yet. At the same time, we’re so excited about the result and want to work super hard to keep the dream alive.’ says Smuts.

Marlon Davids, MD of, says he’s impressed with the amount of talent that was on show this year. ‘We cannot thank all the acts that auditioned to showcase their talent. is thrilled to have unearthed so many great acts this year and we are proud of Anecnote for winning the competition.’ says Davids.

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Sello Paul Malinga – inventor of the Spinetector Suit – has become the second finalist to leave Cell C’s reality show Hangman. The remaining eight contestants will do battle for R1-million on the show, hosted by Maps Maponyane and broadcast on on Sundays at 11h50.

The remaining innovators and their inventions, are:

  • Bonex Mwakikunga (aged 50 from Pretoria): Breath-Tech Sensor, a diabetes breathalyser.
  • Chelsea Anne Hornby (aged 24 from Roodepoort): Elle reusable menstrual cup and female hygiene management.
  • Christo Rossouw (aged 35 from Klerksdorp): Mosquito repellent lamp.
  • Claire Reid (aged 31 from Parkview, Johannesburg): Reel Gardening, a pre-fertilised, pre- spaced colour-coded seed tape.
  • Dean Fegen (aged 41 from Alberton): The Polyhammer which replaces the need for copper and rubber hammers in underground mining.
  • Lebohang Motsoeneng (aged 28 from Naturena in Johannesburg): The I-waiter is an electronic button device that attracts the attention of a restaurant waiter via a fashionable vibrating watch.
  • Rupert Taljaard (aged 45 from Yzerfontein, Western Cape): Halt Lock is a revolutionary anti-theft/anti hijacking device that prevents the driveshaft of the stolen vehicle from turning the wheels thus preventing its theft.
  • Sean T Armstrong (aged 35 from Bedfordview): Uni Click is a safety syringe that improves the safety, accuracy and precision of medical dosing.

The Top 8 have to win the approval of the ‘Backers’ (judges), captains of industry and investment, who are celebrity economist Iraj Abedian; self-made billionaire Quinton van der Burgh; Bonang Mohale, CEO of Business Leadership South Africa and businesswoman and entrepreneur Connie Mashaba.

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, scooter, 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.

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 airs on (on DStv it can be found on channel 194) on Sundays at 11h50 with a repeat on Saturdays at 13h00. It also broadcasts on eExtra ( on Wednesdays at 19h30 with a repeat on Thursdays at 10h00.

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SA’s Got Talent top 6 Finalists confirmed

Anecnote SA’s Got Talent

The final two contestants to join the 2017 SA’s Got Talent Grand Finale were confirmed last night (Sunday 5 November). Anecnote and Art Of Dance will join Amazebra, Siphokazi, Nan Hau Dancers and Just 6 in the upcoming Grand Finale, which takes place at the Soweto Theatre this coming Sunday, 12 November, at 6PM. These top 6 contestants will be competing for the title of SA’s Got Talent 2017 winner and the grand prize of half a million rand courtesy of and Samsung.

It was a tight competition between the seven acts in the third semi-final with all of them giving world-class performances, but only two could be chosen to advance to the finale. Anecnote advanced to the finale when they obtained the most public votes, with Art Of Dance and Marianthe coming second and third, respectively. The judges were tasked with choosing which of the second and third-placed acts were worthy of winning a spot in the Grand Finale, with Art of Dance securing the majority vote.

Art Of Dance blew the audience away with their exhilarating routine head of local productions, Ziyanda Mngomezulu, has been thoroughly impressed by the talent that came out to compete in this year’s competition. ‘We have seen all types of talent from all over the country compete for a coveted spot in the finale and now we will see who South Africa wants as their next big star. The power is now in the viewer’s hands to vote for their favourite contestant this coming Sunday and the channel is excited to see who our viewers will choose.’ says Mngomezulu.

The Top 6 Finalists that will compete this Sunday at the Soweto Theatre for the grand prize of R500 000 and the 2017 SA’s Got Talent title, courtesy of and Samsung, are:

Location: Kwa-Zulu Natal
Act: Traditional Zulu Dance Group

Amazebra youth organization was born in 2010 in Ntuzuma, formed by a group of young enthusiastic men with the objective of mobilising resources together to make a living by showcasing their talent and culture. Amazebra youth organization is managed and controlled by its members, for their benefit. They have a passionate vision to make cultural performing art more accessible to audiences in South Africa and across the world. The group has grown over the last few years and now operates in three provinces: Kwa Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape.

Location: Daveyton, Johesnnburg
Act: Opera Singer

Siphokazi is studying a B.Tech in Vocal Art and is mum to a four year-old. She started singing when she was 12 years old, having found out that she had T.B in her spine and undergoing two spinal fusion operations. She will forever suffer back and chest pains because of the screws in her spine, with the limited movement in her spine a slight hindrance to her ability to perform certain notes.

Nan Hau Dancers
Location: Bronkorstspruit
Act: Chinese Performance Art Group

Nan Hau Academy is a non-profit organisation based in Bronkhorspruit, where girls from across South Africa live and learn the principles of Chinese culture. From Mandarin classes to meditation and dance lessons, the Nan Hua Academy girls are learning how to live by the principles of the Buddha – Speak good things / Do good Deeds / Think good Thoughts. The Girls learn to fuse Chinese dance and performance styles with traditionally African performances, to create cross-cultural amalgamation.

Just 6
Location, Edenvale, Johannesburg
Act: A capella group

Just 6 have their roots in gospel music. They call their sound ‘Afro-cal-play’ (African Vocal Play) a mixture of African indigenous sounds as well as smooth harmonies. Just 6 have won Best a capella group at the CrownGospel Music Awards, Best a capella album at the Independent National Gospel Music Awards and Best Religious Song and Best Religious Album at the 2014 Contemporary A capella Recording Awards. After their theatre audition, 2 members left the group and they have since managed to secure two new members to allow them to continue to spread their Afrocalplay sound.

Location: Cape Town
Act: A capella group

Anecnote are a group of 5 dynamic vocalists who all have one thing in common; music. They met three years ago while singing in the UCT choir and through their love for a capella, Anecnote was born. Each member of the group has a different function which moulds into the unique sound that is Anecnote. The group has also released music which is available on digital platforms and have created a strong fan base, called the ‘Anecfamily’.

Art Of Dance
Location: Ennerdale, Johannesburg
Act: Lyrical Dance Crew

After Nicole completed her studies at TUT, she decided to give back to her community and create a safe haven for kids who were confronted by poverty and addiction. The music the group uses in their routines is lyrically and spiritually driven to convey a strong message of unity and love for audiences. The group started in 2014 and continues to grow in numbers and support.

The second and thrid place runner-up contestants will also receive cash prizes courtesy of Samsung.

The SA’s Got Talent Grand Finale will broadcast from 6PM to 7PM on Sunday 12 November, 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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Game presents Beat That Price Competition

Game presents Beat That Price

Game stores has partnered with to bring viewers a revolutionary, iconic and interactive Game show called Beat That Price.

The 8 part, 1 hour Game show is hosted by renowned comedian Nicholas Goliath. Beat That Price sees contestant competing for a grand prize of R500 000.

Obsessed with creating a better life for all and saving customers money, Game combines comedy with fun and games in “Beat That Price” to showcase the season’s latest and most desirable general merchandise and grocery items which can be found at Game at unbeatable prices over the festive season.

TV will never be the same again. Catch Game’s Beat That Price on every Sunday from 29 October – 17 December 2017 at 17h00.

Watch this space for more as the show unfolds.

Get ready for the biggest and most exciting retail TV show to ever hit your screen! 

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Nafisa Saleh crowned winner of Capsicum Culinary Studio/Cake Boss Bake Off

Nafisa Saleh crowned winner of Capsicum Culinary Studio

Twenty-nine year old Nafisa Saleh from Brixton, Johannesburg, has been crowned the winner of the Capsicum Culinary Studio Cake Boss Bake Off competition, beating eight other contestants to secure a R100 000 patisserie bursary from the school.

More than 1 340 entries were received via a call for entries made during the broadcast of the new season of Cake Boss on TLC and this was whittled down to the final nine bakers who competed against each other at the Capsicum Culinary Studios campus in Rosebank.

The judges were Chef Deon Roets (academic and quality manager, Capsicum Culinary Studio), Helma Holloway (Capsicum Culinary Studio, Rosebank campus) and Andries Kemp (owner of Rolkem South Africa).

Says Roets about the winning cake: “The judges’ overall impression of all the cakes was good. We looked at what was used to cover the cake and how it was decorated but for us the texture was what was most important. The texture of Nafisa’s cake was moist, yet very soft and light and the accompanying buttercream made it even more ‘wow’.

“They just complemented each other as if they were born with the same baking DNA.”

We caught up with Saleh, shortly after she was told that her cake was the best in show, to ask her a few questions:

Congratulations on winning the Capsicum Culinary Studio/Cake Boss Bake Off! What does the win mean for you?
It’s an absolute blessing. I have always wanted to pursue the art of patisserie making, so winning this bursary will allow me to make my dream come true. I want to thank Capsicum Culinary School and Rolkem for this amazing opportunity, and also a big thank you to the students and the staff of Capsicum for the hospitality. It felt like home.

There were nine bakers competing in the final for which you were given five hours. How tough was that?
The competition was tough, each one came with his/her own talent, techniques and expertise. Each of the competitors produced beautiful cakes. It was nerve-racking. I thought of running away midway through the competition after seeing the many hands creating such pieces of art. However, the competitors were very friendly and encouraging. I’m so pleased to have had the chance to work with such lovely people in one kitchen, even if it was individually.

What is your baking background?
Basic really! I bake for fun, I learn by trial and error. My biggest critics are my mum and dad. Mum wants perfection when it comes to taste and dad will comment on the overall look. I’ve only baked for friends and family, but I love it and thanks to this opportunity I might further it as a career.

Even though everyone was given the same recipe, you had a very original looking cake. Where did the idea/inspiration come from for the design?
With regards to taste, I wanted something none of the others would have done, so instead of using just one flavour I combined the two available flavours – lemon and blueberry; basic flavours that give out extraordinary taste when combined. My look was based on the beautiful surrounding we were in and availability (the ready-made flowers). I must actually thank Chef Helma and Andries Kemp (Rolkem) for the idea. Had they not brought our attention to the lovely garden and the peace it promised I would not have thought of the idea.

When did you get the recipe? Did you have any time to practice?
We received the recipe at the beginning of the bake off in the morning, so there was no time for practice. I read the recipe and got to work. I wasn’t sure if I would achieve the required results. The flavours were a last-minute thought. I saw the blueberry essence on the shelf and a little light flicked on in my head. The design I drew as a guide was quite simple and not at all detailed. I added the details as I went along and filled empty spaces with what I could think of at the time.

What was the hardest part of the Bake Off?
The decorating! Everyone else was so good. They were clued-up on what to do and how to do. They seemed to have a plan. Their talent was evident in the way they worked. I have a long way to go in that department. The pressure was the cherry on the cake if you’ll excuse the pun. It was just like being on MasterChef, surrounded by talent, pressure and a variety of options.

Your prize was a R100 000 bursary from Capsicum Culinary School to study patisserie. What do you plan to do after you graduate?
I plan to open a little Patisserie boutique. I want to make unique pastries that will be a part of all special occasions. One day I would like to be featured as an extraordinary patisserie chef.

What is your favourite cake to eat?
Chocolate cake. I can eat anything made with chocolate. Who doesn’t love heavenly chocolate? A cake dripping in chocolate ganache is my thing.

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Chef Hennie Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen takes Proefessioneel title

Hennie Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen_Professioneel_winner SABC2 cooking show

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

TollAssMo SA got talent Amazebra and Siphokazi

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

SAs Got Talent

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

BW Holly Remix Competition

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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