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Canal Walk celebrates local talent

Canal Walk Jimmy Nevis
The super-regional shopping centre steps away from the traditional norms of marketing and shakes things up with an innovative initiative to speak to its shoppers. 
Entitled My Story My Style is the brand new vision for Canal Walk Shopping Centre. The idea behind the campaign is to feature a selection of South African heroes, each with their own unique style and story. They are all completely different and have become successful in their own right, while staying completely true to who they are. 
“In line with the trends towards your unique self and trying not to fit into societal moulds on how we should think, look and act; we think it’s time for Canal Walk to have a campaign that supports our individuality”, says Camilla Lor, Regional Marketing Executive. 
The seven brand heroes are Visionary Fashion and Beauty Blogger – Aqeelah Harron Ally, Ocean Pioneer, Inspirational Speaker and Author – Chris Bertish, Artist in Learning – Tony Gum, SA Soul Man – Chad Saaiman, Adventure Seeker and TV Presenter – Jade Hubner, Model Mom and Entrepreneur – Candice Boucher and King of Cool – Jimmy Nevis.  
Lor says: “Feel good brands now want to offer the idea that it is okay to be you. We can all still feel fashionable and fabulous while remaining completely true to who we are. Each and every one of us have a unique style and a story that makes us special and that is exactly where the Canal Walk brand campaign starts.”  
My Story My Style is an emotive journey in which the centre would like to take its customers on. It will be an in-depth look into getting to know all these brand heroes and understanding their stories behind their individual style. It is aimed at encouraging the public to be bold in their authenticity.  
Make sure to get to Canal Walk to see all these inspirational touchpoints. To stay updated with Canal Walk Shopping Centre’s latest campaigns and events, visit, or follow @canal_walk on Twitter and Instagram @canalwalk.  For further information email [email protected] or contact +2721 529 9620.

About Canal Walk Shopping Centre 

Canal Walk Shopping Centre is Africa’s leading super-regional retail mall. Its dominant presence attracts diverse shoppers from an extensive portion of the Western Cape, and further afield, with its comprehensive retail and leisure options. Canal Walk merges the world’s most desirable brands with shopping convenience, entertainment and everyday leisure, all in a majestic Canal Walk is co-owned by Hyprop Investments Limited and Ellerine Bros (Pty) Ltd.  

About the Canal Walk Brand Heroes 

Aqeelah Harron Ally is the Visionary Fashion and Beauty Blogger who has dominated by making a huge name for herself as one of the original fashion bloggers in Cape Town. She has a big following with her modest style of portraying beauty and fashion. She speaks to thousands of women from all walks of life through her blogs and online content.  
Chris Bertish is the Ocean Pioneer, Inspirational Speaker and Author whom is the ideal role model for Canal Walk. Apart from his quirky, cute, laid-back and relaxed style he has become an inspiration for all South Africans. 
Chad Saaiman is the SA Soul Man and an award winning singer and songwriter. He has a smooth and sophisticated style that is a household name for many Capetonions. He is a true hero who is passionate about making his mark on the local scene and inspiring people as he does so.  
Candice Boucher Model Mom and Entrepreneur was the first face of Canal Walk and has now evolved from being a FHM, GQ, Sports Illustrated and Elle magazine model to a model mom entrepreneur. She is a supermodel who is relatable and fun-loving being both a sexy goddess and a mother.  
Jimmy Nevis is the King of Cool and a true Cape Town success story. He has numerous hit singles and has received extensive commercial radio success. While his voice is well recognised across the country he has a unique sense of style, always pushing the envelope with fashion.  
Jade Hubner is the Adventure Seeker and TV Presenter whom is multitalented and extremely versatile. She is a recognised face as a Top Billing television broadcast personality, fitness fanatic and singer. She is a superwoman warrior in her own right, who is taking on the world and making something of it.  
Tony Gum is the Artist in Learning as an upcoming fashion and art influencer. She is known for her thought provoking creative self-portraits. She has been dubbed as Cape Town’s ‘It’ girl by The SundayTimes and featured by Vogue magazine.
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Skalled releases highly anticipated single titled Jaiva Lewena


Music sensation Skalled has released the much anticipated single Jaiva Lewena.

Listen to Skalled’s Jaiva Lewena single here:

Her debut single is Jaiva Lwena. It talks about dancing all night long. The song’s objective is to make people dance and forget about all their worries for that one moment and putting it all on the dance floor. Likewise, it focuses on the connection through body language and music between two people that than results in dance which is somewhat a form of communication.

Her debut single is, ‘Jaiva Lwena’ which is produced by Emblazon aka ProducedbyVAM who is famous for producing for Da Les – North God, Chianosky, Burnaby, Maggz & Khuli Chana. Skalled is a versatile artist as she finds great interest in attempting to sing different genres/styles. SKALLED’s music genres extend to House, Afro & Deep house, Gqom, Hip Hop, RnB, Pop and Gospel.

Make sure to request the new single Jaiva Lewena on your favorite radio station and follow Skalled on social media. Skalled is also set to perform at Amped Fest later this year, which is expected to have 15 000 people attending.

Connect with Skalled:

Instagram: @skalled
Facebook: Skalled Skalled
Twitter: @Skalled_J7
Snapchat: @skalled

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Nasty C and Babes Wodumo nominated for MTV EMA

babes wodumo and Nasty C MTV EMAs

Babes Wodumo hails from Durban, South Africa and is not only an award-winning songstress but dancer. The release of her smash hit single “Wololo” featuring Mampintsha in 2016 launched her into mainstream success. The last time Gqom Queen, Babes Wodumo was up for an international award, she missed the ceremony due to a Visa mess up but now that she has enough of a heads up about her MTV EMA nomination.

Babes Wodumo and Nasty C have been nominated in the Best African Act alongside Angola’s C4 Pedro, Nigeria’s DaVido and WizKid and Kenya’s Nyashinski at the upcoming MTV Europe Music Awards (MTV EMA).


David ”Nasty C” Ngcobo was born in Durban, South Africa. He started rapping at the age of nine and soared to fame with the release of ”Juice Back” in 2015.

The main ceremony will be broadcast live from London’s SSE Arena on Sunday 12 November at 22:00 on both MTV (DSTV Channel 130) and MTV Base (DSTV Channel 322) bright and early in the AMs and then again later that evening.

Click here to VOTE for your favourite.

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Nina Hastie’s star continues to shine as a comedian

Nina Hastie

Multi talented comedian, actor, writer, radio and television presenter, Nina Hastie, continues to push boundaries in the entertainment space having now positioned herself as one of the SA’s leading female comedians.

All eyes will be on Nina Hastie as she is set to be one of a few female comedians to headline five shows at the prominent Clarens Comedy Festival taking place from 6 ‑ 8 October 2017.  Other headline acts include the likes of Jason Goliath, Rob van Vuuren, Claudine Ullman and Kedibone Mulaudzi just to mention a few.

Despite having already found huge success as a television presenter and radio personality over the past 12 month, Nina Hastie still prioritises her career as a comedian booking some of the country’s top comedy shows.

With a number of exciting comedy projects on the way, Nina Hastie is looking to make an even greater impact in the last quarter of the year.

You can catch Nina Hastie at the Comedy Central Famous Last Words charity gala event tonight at 18:30 at Emperors Palace. Tickets are still available at Computicket and proceeds from the charity gala event will go to the Smile Foundation.

Nina Hastie’s appearance at tonight’s charity gala is an extension of her role on the Comedy Central Famous Last Words TV show which saw Nina Hastie show Kuli Roberts how to do a comedy set which aired on BET on 25 September 2017 to very high ratings. Tonight, all charity gala attendees will get to see all 8 comedians and their celebrity protégées who formed part of the Comedy Central Famous Last Words TV show live on stage.

Keep posted to Nina Hastie @THATninahastie and @VthSeason on social media for behind the scenes at the Clarens Comedy Festival this weekend.

Nina Hastie comedy central

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Spring is well and truly sprung and it’s time to celebrate summer at Wine Menu’s inaugural Uncork & Unwind Wine Festival which takes place on Thursday, October 19.

Come and taste some fantastic summer bubbles, white, rosé and, of course, red for the braai, in an evening of fine wine surrounded by Volvo cars, while enjoying delicious snacks and soothing music.

There will be something for everybody with bubbles and wine from 20 estates including Strandveld, Vondeling, Vriesenhof, Domaine Des Dieux, Ken Forrester and Saxenburg. It’s the perfect opportunity to taste before you buy your holiday wines or those for year-end functions and, for those who order on the night, they will receive a special discount.

Says organiser Corlien Morris from Wine Menu: “The intention is to show a wide range of delicious wines, fit for summer and perfect for the pool, parties and the festive table!”

The first Uncork & Unwind summer wine festival takes place on Thursday, October 19, from 18h00 to 21h00 at Tom Campher Volvo, 3 Stanley Avenue, Auckland Park. There is secure off-street parking with added security guards.

Tickets cost R250 and are available at (click through to or purchase at the Wine Menu store in Illovo.


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BAR.ONE announces Cassper Nyovest as host of 2017 finale BAR.ONE Gym Squad session

BAR.ONE Cassper Nyovest

South Africa’s award-winning hip-hop musician and fitness enthusiast, Cassper Nyovest, will host the 2017 finale of the BAR·ONE gym squad. The event, billed to take place on Saturday 9 December at the UJ Soweto Campus, is part of BAR.ONES’ aim to take the brand closer to its passionate consumers. The media launch was attended by celebrities, community members and gym enthusiasts at Orlando Eco Park in Orlando West.

Nestlé South Africa, which owns the brand that promises energy for a 25-hour day, came up with the BAR.ONE Gym Squad to bring BAR·ONE’S consumers closer to the brand and encourage consumers to lead active lifestyles “As a company whose purpose is to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future, Nestlé believes that our brands can be brands with a purpose. BAR.ONE can offer so much more, from special enjoyment moments to activities that can bring people together in a fun and active way so that they can earn their treat,“ said Zanele Mthethwa, Nestlé South Africa’s Head of Chocolate.

The finale will kick off with a session led by Cassper Nyovest followed by a high intensity, endurance obstacle course competition between the BAR.ONE Gym Squad leaders and their top performing attendants from the various provinces. Commenting on BAR.ONE’S association with Cassper Nyovest, Mthethwa said, “BAR.ONE invited the artist to be the host of our finale because we found his weight loss journey inspiring and relatable to our consumers and Gym Squad members. Cassper Nyovest represents the ordinary guy that lives a balanced lifestyle and despite his busy schedule, still finds time to work out. We find that he is a great brand match to BAR·ONE’S 25-hour day proposition and we believe everyone attending the finale will enjoy his high energy and infectious enthusiasm”.

The BAR.ONE Gym Squad regional sessions are free and open to the public. To join Cassper Nyovest at the finale consumers need to join their nearest BarOne Gym Squad to be considered to represent their province at the event.

Connect with BarOne Gym Squads:

Facebook: BarOne South Africa (
Twitter: @BarOne_SA

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The 7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards Crown Winners For Southern Africa

The 7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards Crown

The 7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) in Partnership with CNBC Africa announced the winners of the Southern Africa leg at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in Sandton.

VIP guests joined the Southern Africa finalists, as they went head to head for the coveted AABLA™ regional trophy, in their respective categories.

“An entrepreneur and leader has unwavering belief in their vision and their ability to calmly manage through some of the toughest economic conditions – this is the reason we find ourselves here today celebrating the very best in business,” noted Managing Director of the ABN Group, Roberta Naicker, during her welcome address. “These awards are a tribute to those Captains of Industry who have made a qualitative and quantitative difference, to the companies, industries and communities that they serve.”

The awards were hosted against the backdrop of a stunning white lounge setting thanks to official décor partner, MOOVE Exhibition and Events Supplies, supported by AV and Technical Partner, TCH Bonisa.

AABLA™ Southern Africa Master of Ceremonies, Alexander Leibner looked the part in a tailored blue Tailor Me suit and kept VIP guests entertained throughout the night, as the AABLA™ Southern Africa winners were revealed as follows:

Young Business Leader of the Year Presented by Lancaster University Ghana 
Sylvester Chauke – Chief Architect, DNA Brand Architects

Business Woman of the Year
Yolisa Phahle – CEO, M-Net

Innovator of the Year
James Steere – Co-Founder, I-Drop Water

Industrialist of the Year Presented by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) 
General Mthembu – Founder, Mthembu Tissue Converting

Entrepreneur of the Year
Ivan and Lynette Saltzman – Founders, Dischem Pharmacies

Philanthropist of the Year
Jannie Mouton – Founder and Chairman, PSG Group

Company of the Year
Capitec Bank Holdings Ltd

Business Leader of the Year
Khalid Abdulla – Group CEO, African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr Samuel Motsuenyane – Founder, Dr Sam Motsuenyane Rural Development Foundation

The winners will now go on to compete with East and West African winners in the AABLA™ Finale on November 30th in Sandton, which will be broadcast on CNBC Africa on December 7th.

The AABLA™ Southern Africa judging process was done in conjunction with Auditing Partner Grant Thornton and Research Partner Henley Business School. The 2017 AABLA™ Southern Africa judging committee included:

  • Chris Bishop, Managing Editor of Forbes Africa (Head Judge)
  • Kate Moodley, Franchise Director at Discovery
  • Jonathan Foster-Pedley, Dean and Director of Henley Business School Africa
  • Cas Coovadia, Managing Director of The Banking Association of South Africa
  • Khanyisile Kweyama, Chairperson of Brand SA
  • Prof. Lumkile Wiseman Nkuhlu, Chancellor of The University of Pretoria
  • Russell Loubser, Director of Strate Limited

The highlights of the Southern Africa AABLA™ will be broadcast on CNBC Africa on October 5th at 9pm CAT.

For more information, visit and follow the 7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) in Partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards and #AABLA2017.

The AABLA™ are proudly produced by ABN Event Productions.

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The 2017 Feather Awards Nominees List

The 2017 feather awards nominees

The annual Feathers Awards ceremony is set to go down on the 9th of November 2017 and the nominees list is already out. The awards celebrates all who support and empower the LGBTI community.

The Chevrolet Feather Awards are an awards show that recognizes and celebrates the LGBTI community and iconic personalities and achievers who inspire the LGBTI community- as voted for by the LGBTI community and local media.

Check the nominees below:

1. Best Styled Female
Dineo Moeketsi, Thando Thabethe and Kelly Khumalo

2. Best Styled Male
Trevor Stuurman, Aaron Moloisi and Riky Rick

3. Hot Chick Of The Year 
Natasha Thahane, Linda “Mrs. Husband” Mtoba and K. Naomi


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4. Hunk Of The Year 
Jesse Suntele, Fezile Makhanya and Zweli Dube

5. Cutest Couple Of The Year 
Mandisa Nduna and Thishiwe Zigqubu, DJ Zinhle and Pearl Thusi and Maps Maponyane and Nomzamo Mbatha.

6. Diva Extraordinaire
Vatiswa Ndara, Basetsana Kumalo and Carol Bouwer

7. Fag Hag Of The Year :
Manaka Ranaka, Kelly Khumalo and Chiano Sky

8. Sport Personality Of The Year 
Kagiso Rabada, Kass Naidoo and Wayde Van Niekerk

9. Drama queen Of The Year 
Zodwa Wabantu , Skolopad and Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha

10. Role Model Of The Year 
Ricky Kgositau , Phindi Malaza and Jay Matlou

11. Media Award
Selbeyonce (Ukhozi FM) and The Wound and Phathu Makwarela (The Queen)

12. Socialite Of The Year 
Basetsana Kumalo, Zodwa Wabantu, Skolopad

13. Musician Of The Year 
Amanda black, Kwesta’s and Lady Zamar

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Actress Thuso Mbedu scores International Emmy nomination

Thuso Mbedu Emmy Award

Thuso Mbedu is a South African actress best known for her role as Kitso Medupe on the soapie Scandal! South African Actress Thuso Mbedu has scored an International Emmy nomination, the only nod the country has received for this year’s batch of nominees.

“It’s still surreal. I think it keeps processing as the day goes by. I have moments where I cry, just thanking God. I have moments where I remember everything I had to go through to get to where I am,” Mbedu gushed.

“Is’thunzi was a project that I got after not working for six months. So I remember going into that audition and saying I’m going to audition like it’s my last audition ever.  I’m seeing God’s work right now.”

Mbedu reveals that she found out about the wonderful news this morning on Twitter, when veteran actress Thembi Mtshali-Jones congratulated her.

Her acting work was submitted for Emmy consideration by Rapid Blue – the production company behind Is’thunzi.

“I found out about it this morning. Mama Thembi Mtshali-Jones congratulated me on Twitter. Then I went online to look and my name was there,” she said.

“Acting is a dream come true for me. Being recognized internationally, I would have never have expected for it to come this soon in my career. Just being nominated, and not even winning, it means that if you put in the work it’s all possible.”

Nominations for the 2017 International Emmy Awards were announced today by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. There are 44 Nominees across 11 categories and 18 countries. Winners will be announced at a black-tie Ceremony on November 20, 2017 at the Hilton New York Hotel.

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Black Coffee Wins Best Deep House DJ award in Ibiza

Dj Black Coffee wins Ibiza

DJ Black Coffee for scooped yet another international award last night. The DJ bagged the Best Deep House DJ title. The 20th Annual DJ Awards took place in Ibiza, Spain. He beat the likes of Bedouin, Damian Lazarus, Matthia Meyer, Maya Jane Coles, Patrice Baumel, Lee Foss and Lee Burridge.

Other jocks who were awarded include: veteran deejays Carl Cox (Best Techno DJ), HARDWELL (International DJ, Big Groom House), Armin van Buuren (Best Trance DJ), among others.

Black Coffee took to social media to thank fans for the continued support. He wrote: “One more for the culture. Thank you for the votes, love and continued support.”

According to IOL, this is the third times the world-renowned deejay has won at the prestigious event. He previously won Breakthrough DJ of the Year and Dance Nation of the Year trophies at the 2015 edition of the awards.

Black Coffee Ibiza

The international award ceremony, which aims to celebrate and unite deejays, industry professionals and media together at the end of the Ibiza summer season, celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.

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