Miss World South Africa Adè van Heerden unveils gown

Miss World South Africa Adè van Heerden

Miss World South Africa Adè van Heerden unveils her pageant costumes as she leaves to compete in Miss World.

Adè van Heerden revealed two of her pageant costumes today as she prepares to compete as Miss World South Africa in the Miss World competition in China on November 18.

Twenty six-year-old Adè van Heerden, from the Western Cape, will be representing South Africa against 123 other countries in the competition, which is watched by almost one billion people worldwide.

The 67th Miss World competition will take place at the Crown of Beauty Theatre in Sanya, China (People’s Republic of China) when Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle will crown her successor at the end of the event.

Gold dress designed by Roxanne Pengilly. (Pic: Brenton Geach)

Adè van Heerden showed off her national costume as well as a gold dress designed by Roxanne Pengilly which she will wear at the official Miss World auction.

Adè van Heerden unveils her pageant costumes. (Pic: Brenton Geach)

Van Heerden’s national costume has been designed by Matome Seshoka of Antherline Designs, who has been described as the master connoisseur of African couture. Her finale gown has been designed by Roxanne Pengilly, while Danielle Margaux is making the official Miss World Designer Competition outfit and Ciska Barnard has made Van Heerden’s cocktail wear.

Says Seshoka: “My team and I were inspired by Ndebele people who have an extraordinary culture and authenticity. They are the most colourful tribe and truly South African. We fused this with a bit of Zulu culture to give the national costume a modern and young feel. The colours of our national flag give it a proudly South African look. We included a cape because this represents power and strength and is usually worn by Zulu queens.”

Margaux, who is responsible for the Miss World Designer Competition gown, says: “The inspiration for the dress is the ocean, as South Africa is on the tip of Africa and surrounded by the sea, and both Adè and I are from the Western Cape. We did not want to take a literal interpretation of South Africa with regards to animal print; the ocean is also a very big part, which often gets neglected. So we liked the idea of bringing in something quite unexpected. We are taking inspiration from the movement of the waves, creatures and plants of the sea. To make it more dreamlike and mythical, we are even taking inspiration from mermaid-like imaging. Soft, flowy, dreamy and fit for a princess!”

She continues: “The colours are what you would imagine and we are also bringing in a little bit of gold as we feel that our dress can be representative of the ‘green and gold’ that is associated with the national colours of South Africa. It is very subtle though.”

Says Pengilly of the Miss World finale gown: “The brief was to turn Adè into a princess and, since I consider my personal design style a bit romantic and fairy-tale, I was immediately inspired. We want this to be Adé’s Cinderella moment! She employed the ultimate in positive thinking when she took the colour inspiration from the colour of the stones in the Miss World crown, deciding that the dress and the crown would match perfectly when it was ultimately placed on her head. The result is an ethereal blue ball gown fit for a queen.”

Says Ciska Barnard: “When I was asked to design for Adé, I had a short but clear brief: Fashionable, feminine and colourful. So with that in mind and with the beautiful Adé as my muse, I designed two jumpsuit day outfits and two cocktail dresses, which she can feel beautiful and confident in while wearing them on her Miss World campaign.”

Adè van Heerden, a qualified doctor, is a second lieutenant in the South African Military Health Services and comes from the Western Cape. She won Protea colours in rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 13 and was a gold medal winner at the All African Championships. She will be doing a ribbon dance as part of the talent section at the Miss World pageant.

Adè van Heerden is delighted to be representing South Africa on the Miss World stage: “I could not have asked for a more incredible opportunity and I am determined to give it my all and to make our country proud. I look forward to sharing with the world my passion to protect and heal human kind.”

Adè, who was the runner–up at this year’s Miss South Africa pageant, will compete at the Miss World stage as Miss World South Africa 2017. Miss South Africa 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters will be competing in the same month in the Miss Universe contest.

Source: IOL

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Zodwa Wabantu causes more Zimbabwe drama with controversial Mugabe sketch

Zodwa Wabantu Mugabe

Despite requests by her Zimbabwean promoter to remove a controversial sketch showing herself lifting her leg in the face of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace‚ Zodwa Wabantu is standing firm and has told TshisaLIVE she doesn’t care about the consequences.

Zodwa‚ who has been at loggerheads with Zimbabwean officials because she refused to wear panties at an official event‚ earlier this week said she had plans to meet Mugabe.


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The Zimbabwean president previously lambasted her for her lack of panties but Zodwa says the fact that he is talking about her “means something.”

Zodwa Wabantu wants to meet Robert Mugabe.

“I was instructed to remove the painting from my page and I refused. I told him it is for my fans and they love it. It’s pointless to remove it from my page because the painter posted it. Instead he should tell the painter to remove it.”

On whether this may affect her chances of a meeting with Mugabe‚ Zodwa is not fussed.

“I don’t care what he thinks of the painting because I didn’t paint it. I’m still going to Zimbabwe later this month to perform.”

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Tickets to the Crown Gospel Awards are now available


The much anticipated annual gathering of the Gospel music industry, the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards will take place at the Durban ICC Arena on the 26th November 2017.

The nomination submission process which was opened from July to September 2017 saw more than 600 entries being received by the World Gospel Powerhouse. Further, with the introduction of two new categories this year (Best Clap & Tap AND Best iTende), the volume of entries for all categories was overwhelming and beyond expected. Ten years later, the crowns have proven that they are the leading awards nationally and continentally.

All entries received will be grouped according to their respective categories for judging. The judging panel will review all submissions and deliberate upon them for a projected period of one week.

“The panel of judges for the Crown Awards include seasoned industry heads and role-players who have vast experience & knowledge on music and entertainment. Their role will be to judge all entries and score them according to our points system and criteria before consolidating a final nominees list that will be announced to the public this month”, said Zanele Mbokazi – Founder and Executive Producer of the Crown Awards.

The 2017 Awards will be preceded by an Ayihlome Prayer that will take place on the 23rd November 2017 at the Durban ICC from 11am, free for all to attend.

Also, running parallel to the crown awards this year is the 2nd installment of the Christian Expo Africa, an exhibition & networking platform for Christian businesses and individuals. The expo will run from the 25th – 26th November 2017 at the Durban ICC. Entry for the public is free of charge. To book your stand at the Christian Expo, call: 031 303 3520 or email [email protected]

In celebrating a decade of the awards, the ground breaking gospel musical #MARIA, a production of the World Gospel Powerhouse, will open the show at this year’s awards. The musical narrates the story of the birth of Jesus Christ and stares Jessica Nkosi, Brian Temba, Sihle Zulu and Yolanda.

Tickets to the Crown Awards are available at Computicket outlets from R480. For more information on ticket purchases and our VIP and VVIP Packages, please call: 031 303 3520 or email [email protected]

Details to the crown gospel awards /gospel week activities, are as follows:

23 November 2017: Ayihlome Prayer (Ulwesine Lomkhuleko) @ Durban ICC – FREE to the Public  – 11am
25-26 November 2017: Christian Expo Africa @ Durban ICC (FREE TO FOR THE PUBLIC)  10am
26 November 2017: 10th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards @ Durban ICC Arena (Live on SABC 2)

You can also join the Crown Awards conversation by following us on our SOCIAL MEDIA platforms, Facebook: Crown Gospel Music Awards, Instagram: @crowngospelmusicawards and Twitter: @SabcCrownAwards, Facebook: Maria the Musical. (Hashtags: #Sekukaningi #CrownAwards10 #DoubleLevels #MARIA)

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Minnie Dlamini Can’t Wait To Have Children

Minnie Dlamini and husband Jone

During an interview with Tbo Touch on Touch HD Minnie Dlamini said that she could not wait to have children. On-air personality, actress and model said she can’t wait to start a family. She knows it will happen in due time and they are not in a rush but they can’t wait to start a family.

She said that her life was pretty much the same since her wedding except that it is now “more beautiful”. She further added that she went through the public displays of affection and that was fine. She doesn’t regret anything but she wanted to have a relationship without the interference of the media, of the general public and in some cases, even your friends and family.

In an interview with Jacaranda FM, Minnie revealed that the couple met seven years ago and soon became best friends. Their friendship grew until they were both single and decided to “give it a shot.

“Then a couple of years ago we were both single, and he was like, ‘why don’t we give it a shot?’ I was like, ‘no that’s weird’. ‘He was like no one knows you like me, and no one knows me like you,” she revealed.

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Unathi Msengana confirms separation from husband Thomas

Unathi Msengana

Idols judge, singer and songwriter Unathi Msengana and her husband radio broadcaster Thomas ‘Bad Boy T’ Msengana have separated. Following a couple of media reports saying the two who had been together for over a decade got married in 2009.

Unathi confirmed the split this past weekend during an interview on eNCA. Speaking to eNCA’s Ayanda-Allie Paine, Unathi said “we are not together, but we are in a good place. We are family.”

Unathi said that she and Thomas were handling their separation as a family and were not happy about how some media had reported on it.

“We are actually in the process of suing one tabloid,” she said in the interview.

Unathi and Thomas have two children.

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Zodwa Wabantu Plans to meet Zimbabwe president

Zodwa Wabantu

Zodwa Wabantu is looking to strengthen her African network by meeting Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, a meeting she said she is in the process of negotiating.

The entertainer revealed in an interview with TshisaLIVE that despite the controversy around her gigs in Zimbabwe, she’s been in contact with people “arranging a meeting” with Mugabe.

“I’m sorry we disappointed many men,” said Mugabe before questioning why Zodwa would attend parties without underwear. “You just come without covering your decency. What do you want? Men to see you? We don’t want such,” Mugabe said at an interface rally in front of a 10,000-strong crowd in Bindura.

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Uyanda Mbuli finds her name in local tabloids

Uyanda Mbuli

Uyanda Mbuli found her name in local tabloids earlier in 2017 when it was alleged that she was in a love triangle with Joyce Molamu and an unnamed boyfriend.

The story was first reported in the Sunday World shortly before it emerged that Mbuli and Molamu were taking each other to court. The TV presenter first opened a case of Defamation and Crimen Injuria against Fikile Mbalula’s reported ex, before Molamu retaliated with a fresh lawsuit of her own.

Mbuli has decided to come out into the open and set the record straight for anybody who might be in doubt about where she stands in this story:

“When I got my lawyers involved to contact her and send an official letter. Ms Molamu acknowledged my lawyers’ call and promised to send them her e-mail address and her lawyer’s e-mail address which she never did. I sent her the PDF version of the letter via text. Ms Molamu has not sent me an apology nor acknowledged the damage she has done to my name by the public humiliation of her Facebook post,”

She took to social media to clear her name once and for all:

Meanwhile, the reality TV star will be appearing in court to defend herself from Molamu’s claims in front of a judge.

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Aphelele Lusizi’s drawing goes viral

Aphelele Lusizi Boity

Some people like Aphelele Lusizi were just not born to draw. That’s the bottom line. However, even limitations like the inability to draw visible shapes will never be a challenge too far for someone with enough determination to get their name out there.

Meet Aphelele Lusizi, whose drawing of Boity went viral with over 30,000 retweets.

It got so intense that people started making actual requests for more of his work and different celebrities. And so he obliged:

Speaking to Tshisa Live, the entertaining artist explained his inspiration:

“At first it was just a joke. I love art but when I drew Boity that Sunday afternoon, I wasn’t trying to create ‘viral’  art. I then tweeted the drawing just for fun, many retweeted because it made them laugh. Suddenly it got serious, with people DM’ing me to draw them or asking me to draw other celebs.”

He’s even done President Jacob Zuma:

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Ntsiki Mazwai says she was also raped by Brickz

Ntsiki Mazwai Raped by Brickz

Poet and musician Ntsiki Mazwai alleged this morning that she was “raped by Brickz”.

Using the hashtag #BreakTheSilence, Mazwai tweeted “I was also raped by Brickz”.

The kwaito star Brickz was recently convicted of raping a 16-year-old relative in 2013 at his Ruimsig home. Ndlovu was arrested in November 2013 and had been out on R50 000 bail throughout the trial.

Fans started sharing their messages of support and applauding Mazwai for breaking the silence.

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Skolopad throws shade at Zodwa

zodwa-wabantu vs Skolopad

The tension between socialites Zodwa Wabantu and Skolopad was reignited on Wednesday‚ after Nonhlanhla Qwabe suggested that Zodwa was trying to be like her and Babes Wodumo.

In response to a TshisaLIVE article in which Mampintsha denied that Babes was threatened by Zodwa’s fame and wanted to be like her‚ Skolopad said that nobody was trying to steal the dancer’s shine.

“Nobody wants to be like Zodwa but she would try and be like us. We are dancers and artists and she is a dancer only‚” Skolopad claimed.

According to TshisaLIVE, fans were shocked at Skolopad’s shade and questioned why the two could not get along.

The pair will compete against each other for the title of Drama Queen of the Year at the Feather Awards‚ which is where the brewing tension started.

At the nominations party last week‚ Zodwa refused to pose for a picture with Skolopad‚ claiming that it would damage her brand.

Zodwa said Skolopad was still crawling in the game and was looking for attention with stupid ideas.

“I’m not threatened by Skolopad‚ she is still crawling in this game. We are in a very fast industry and don’t know what tomorrow holds for us‚ so it’s time to make money. Skolopad forgets that we are ageing and when the opportunity lands on your lap you grab it with both hands. I’m not here to play games but to make money‚” Zodwa added.

Source: TshisaLIVE

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