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Award-winning Photographer Manyatsa Monyamane to Exhibit at Cradle Contemporary Art Fair

Award-winning Photographer Manyatsa Monyamane

Twenty eight-year old Manyatsa Monyamane, a Mamelodi-raised, Johannesburg-based photographer describes herself as “an artist; a storyteller through imagery, inspired and influenced by African literature, theatre and everyday surroundings”. And looking at Monyamane’s portraits that boldly and contemplatively frame her surrounds, you can see how this description comes to life.

Her work won her a place in the top 10 and winner of a Merit Award in the 2017 Absa L’Atelier and she was also recently awarded the Lizamore & Associates Mentorship Prize and picked up the Multi and New Media / Photography Merit Award at the 30th instalment of the inaugural Thami Mnyele Art Award.

Her work will be on display and for sale at the forthcoming Cradle Contemporary Art Fair, which will be held over four days – from Thursday, November 30 to Sunday, December 3 at the Cradle Boutique Hotel located in the Cradle of Humankind.

Manyatsa Monyamane first started taking photographs with a point and shoot family camera at the age of nine, and later went on to study photography. “My photography is aimed at creating an archive and to serve some sort of historic record, while putting a spotlight on unpopular themes and subject matters and celebrating everyday life.”
Monyamane chats about a new project capturing the youth of the 1970s and earlier and what photography has taught her.

Can you recall the first photographs you took? 
Yes, the first photographs I took was of my family members.

Where did you love of photography come from?
My love for photography sparked from my love of storytelling, photography became that vehicle to drive the stories I want to tell.

What inspires you and your work?
My work and I are inspired and  influenced by African literature, theatre and everyday surroundings.

What or who is your subject matter and why?
The participants in this project emphasize the historical value of the elders, these are real people who witnessed and experienced the transition of an entire society towards the birth of a new nation and have defined what it means to be a South African today and yet their strength has never been celebrated. So this project focuses on capturing the essence of timeless beauty and style of the youth of the 70s and earlier, looking at how they define themselves 50 years later and also their strength that carried us through the dark days and continue to carry us to this day.

How do you go about picking your subjects and putting them at ease in front of the camera?
How I go about finding the participants that I work with is through friends, family members and moving around the city and townships having conversations with elders. Through the conversations, we have established a rapport which comes in handy when they stand in front of the camera.

You were recently one of the top 10 artists in the Absa L’Atelier awards. Tell us about that.
Having been a winner of the Merit Award has given the project awareness and put a spotlight on our unsung heroes and  heroines which created interest of people wanting to learn more about their individual different stories.

Has photography become easier now that it is all digital?
I think photography  has become more easily accessible but the journey of visualising and imagination in creating the work still remains the same but just more complicated for analogue. The fact that you can see the image after you’ve clicked the shutter on a digital camera as compared to analogue, where the image “exists” because you photographed it but it doesn’t “exist” since you haven’t gone through the lab development process, that inspires a different imagination process for analogue photography compared to digital.

What do you feel photography has taught you?
Photography has taught me to view life with a different perspective.

Which photographers, local and international, do you admire?
Edinah Ndlovu, Neo Ntsoma and Zanele Muholi

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Windhoek Beer Continues its Search for SA’s Best Shisanyama

Shisanyama Windhoek

South Africans love Shisanyama, from the vibe to the delicious smell of meat grilling on an open fire,and the selection oftasty side dishesall washed down with an ice cold beer.

Windhoek Beer believes thata good Shisanyama is best enjoyed with 100% Pure Beer and has been searching for SA’s best Shisanyama since October 2017. According to popular local chef and television personality,Chef Benny Masekwameng, the mark of a great Shisanyama experience is usually found in its signature taste/flavour and the quality of the ingredients used to create the meal. “It could be the specifically created spice mixor the special basting sauce,or even the type of wood used to create the fire that gives their meat a distinct flavour.”

Whatever the secret toa great Shisanyama, Windhoek Beer is challenging South Africansto vote for their nominated favouritesfrom the top regions, during the WindhoekShisanyamaSearch with Chef Benny. Locals who votestand the chance to win instant prizes or tickets to join in the action atthe final eventtakingplace on the 10thDecember in Soweto.

The main event will bring together the top eight Shisanyama finalists in one venue. It will be an explosion of delicious Shisanyamatastes, complemented by ice coldWindhoek Beer and great entertainment creating an ultimate experience for fans.

The winning Shisanyama, voted for by consumers and moderated by judges, including Chef Benny, will walk away with bragging rights and prizes worth half a Million Rand. 

To vote for your favourite Shisanyamafrom the top regions, dial *120*4321# and follow the prompts or visit To stand a chance to win instant prizes and tickets to the main event, buy a Windhoek beer, dial *120*4321#, and enter your unique code (found under the bottle crown or can ring pull).

Chef Benny shares some tips on creating a great Shisanyamaexperience 

Q: What is it about a Shisanyama that makes it the ultimate hangout for you?

It’s the perfect combination of good food and great beer enhanced by a great vibe and good friends.

Q: Chef, can you share your top tips on creating you own Shisanyama experience at home?

  1. Your three essential ingredients include: great company, great food and 100% pure beer
  2. The secret to creating great Shisanyama starts with getting the fire right. Once you have a good fire going the rest is easy.
  3. Get the temperature of the fire right withthe palm test. If your palm feels too hot the fire is ready, if you can keep it there for five seconds or more, the temperature is too low – either lower the grill closer to the fire or add hot coals.
  4. Buy the best quality meat available for your budget and keep at room temperature at least 30 minutes prior to braaing.
  5. When using seasoning spices or a basting sauce do so moderately,you don’t want to overpower the delicious true flavour of a good quality cut of meat. Enhance the natural flavour of the meat by marinating with a small amount of: salt; pepper; olive oil; garlic and/or herbs.

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Former Generations actress Lebohang Mthunzi is pregnant

Lebohang Mthunzi

Lebohang Mthunzi who played Angela Mogale on Generations: The Legacy Angela is pregnant. Angela was first introduced to us as Tau Mogale’s daughter who was desperate for her father’s and was determined to make a name of herself in the male dominated advertising world.

Lebohang aka Leigh Shadow posted an image on Instagram revealing her baby bump with the caption “There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.”

See the photos below:

Lebohang Mthunzi pregnant

Lebohang Mthunzi pregos

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Anga Makubalo aka Naakmusiq buys himself a new house

Anga Makubalo Naakmusiq

Known for his humble personality and contagious smile, Anga Makubalo also known as NaakMusiQ made his first TV playing appearance as MJ in the South African soapie, Generations.

According to reports, Anga recently bought himself a fancy mansion in Ruimsuig with perfectly manicured gardens, an inviting swimming pool and modern design.

A three-bedroom house in an estate sells from R2-million upwards, this is according to numerous property websites.

The musician too to Instagram and show off his fancy house. He captioned “S/O to @ttmbha for this stunner! You’re The best in the business! #Blackrealestate #blackexcellence #supportblackbusiness”

See the photos below:

Anga new house

Anga new house screenshot

Anga Makubalo new house screenshot

On the 23rd of October, Anga posted the below image on Instagram asking “TT Mbha CM(SA) MP(RE) when are you going to help me buy my house?”

Anga Makubalo new house

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Thando Thabooty Thabethe’s underwear launch

Thando Thabethe undearwear and shapewear

Radio personality and actress Thando Thabethe launched her own line of underwear and shapewear at a swanky party in Johannesburg on Thursday.

According to Channel24, Thando first announced that she will be releasing her own line of undergarments, called Thabooty’s, in July.

According to the announcement the “sexy” underwear and shapewear will be available in all sizes.

The radio DJ hosted an official launch party with the theme “pajama chic.” Celebrity friends and supporters in attendance included Sbahle Mpisane and Somizi Mhlongo.

“Your dreams are valid!!! Look what I did,” she wrote on Instagram.

Ride or dies ❤️❤️❤️ #Thabootys

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Actress Amanda du-Pont In Indonesia, Bali

Bali Amanda Du Pont

Skeem Saam actress Amanda du-Pont is having the best time of her life in Indonesia, Bali.

Born in Swaziland, on June 26, 1988, currently resides in South Africa. In addition to acting, she is also a television anchor/host, voice over artist, model, brand ambassador, live event MC, and business woman.

Du-Pont had a leading role in the 2014 feature film, Between Friends, a recurring role in the hit South African television program Skeem Saam, and is the co-host of Real Goboza. She has also starred in the CBS/Hallmark drama Life is Wild, SABC 2’s Muvhango, Intersexions, Generations, Skeem Saam, Mzanzi TV’s Loxion Bioscopeseries, and the 2015 feature film Hear Me Move.

“So grateful, blessed and highly favoured…from the bottom of my heart, Thank you Lord,” she wrote on Instagram.

Popularly known as Lelo from SABC1 drama Skeem Saam, Amanda showed off her toned body in a number of snaps she posted on social media.

Bali, Indonesia Amanda Du Pont skeem saam actress

Bali, Indonesia Amanda Du Pont

Amanda du-Pont Bali Indonesia






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Unathi pushes a VW Polo at her training session

Unathi pushing a VW polo

South African singer, actress and radio personality Unathi surprised her Instagram followers when she uploaded a video of herself pushing a VW Polo as part of her gym training session.

Unathi is popularly known for hosting shows on youth station YFM and Metro Fm’s drivetime show, with Glen Lewis.

The Idols SA judge has lost some weight and she’s an inspiration to many people.

Watch the video below:

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South Africa’s Chantel Dartnall Named Best Female Chef at Global Culinary Award Ceremony

Chantel Dartnall Named Best Female Chef

South Africa’s Chantel Dartnall of Restaurant Mosaic has been named the world’s Best Female Chef at The Best Chef Lady Awards 2017, which took place in Warsaw yesterday (October 25).

She was also placed at number 32 in the Best Chef Awards Top 100 list for 2017, the highest positioned woman and one of only three to make the top 50 (Spain’s Elena Azark is 33rd and France’s Anne-Sophie Pic is 47th). Dartnall is the only South African chef listed in the top 100.

Launched in Poland in 2016, this international competition seeks out the world’s top chefs in terms of culinary artistry and visual presentation. The winning chefs are selected in six categories by 300 voters comprising chefs, food writers and culinary experts across the globe as well as 1,5 million followers on the competition’s digital platform.

Dartnall – who has twice been named South Africa’s Chef of the Year – beat out strong competition from globally acclaimed chefs including the aforementioned Arzak (Best Chef – Lady 2016 winner) of the three Michelin starred restaurant Arzak; Emma Bengtsson who is at the helm of the two Michelin-starred Scandinavian restaurant Aquavit in New York; Pic who gained three Michelin stars for her restaurant, Maison Pic in France and Clare Smyth, the first and only female chef to run a restaurant with three Michelin-stars in the UK with her establishment Core.

Dartnall was over the moon with the recognition: “What a great honour to have been selected as the 2017 Best Female Chef by The Best Chef Awards in Warsaw – it was an incredible moment. I have to thank all the amazing people in my life who work just as hard to guide and assist me in this journey and help to make all these wonderful dreams a reality. I also want to thank all the Mosaic customers who have supported me during the 11 years Restaurant Mosaic has been in operation.”

In June, Dartnall was named 2017 Chef of the Year for Africa and the Middle East by the prestigious Luxury Travel Guide Awards. In the same week Restaurant Mosaic triumphed at the respected 2017 World of Fine Wine World’s Best Wine Lists Awards and awarded a top-tier three-star award. Restaurant Mosaic was also named Luxury Restaurant of the Year by Travel & Hospitality.Global Culinary Award Ceremony

Dartnall’s current spring/summer menu at Restaurant Mosaic is namedCosmorganic” and alludes to the “supposed character of the universe as a living organism whose atoms are severally endowed with sensibility, asserting that the organic in the whole of the universe, as well as in the narrow sphere of single bodies on the earth, is the first thing from which the inorganic was separated…”

It again features Dartnall’s signature Botanical Cuisine, using only the best seasonal produce with Dartnall taking her cue from nature, and includes dishes such as Song of the Sea (salmon, kombucha, yuzu); Some Birds Don’t Fly (ostrich, beetroot, plum); Tajine du

Maghreb (capretto, prunes, argan oil) and The Clash of Constellations (passion fruit, mango, fresh berries).

Restaurant Mosaic also boasts one of the most comprehensive wine cellars in Africa, comprising of more than 75 000 bottles of wine under 5 500 different local and international labels.

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The Liz Ogumbo Denim Collection to showcase at SAFW

Liz Ogumbo Denim Collection South African Fashion Week (SAFW)

African creative entrepreneur, fashion designer and performing artist, Liz-Ogumbo-Regisford, is set to showcase The Liz Ogumbo Denim Collection tonight at the South African Fashion Week (SAFW).

The Liz Ogumbo Denim Collection is a classic collection of well-tailored quality denim worked on collaboratively by Liz Ogumbo & Eji Benson (New York), exhausting the best of two worlds; The Liz Ogumbo style aesthetic and production development through Ennui NYC via Fashion Lab Africa.

This denim collection employs wardrobe versatility through the variety of styles available in this collection while Liz flirts with a variety of different colours, textures and styles.

Liz Ogumbo is set to debut a runway mash up of her easy-listening “indie” track ‘Denimania,’ produced by Xander Pratt strictly for the runway tonight. DeniMania will be available on her new album; KenSoul, The Lotus Chapter.

Denim Collection South African Fashion Week (SAFW)

This denim line is curated from a carefully selected variety of denim made to suit different body types and lifestyles. The focus on excellent tailoring and craftsmanship to achieve classic cuts means careful consideration goes into how each garment finally fits, bringing to life one-of-a-kind appeal through a timeless, yet unique denim collection.

High-Waisted slim tailored denim pants and shorts, collared-shirts, front-slit skirts, playsuits, classic-fitted tailored wide-leg pants and bralettes are some of the highlights throughout this denim collection.

The Liz Ogumbo Denim Collection employs a few shades of blue, a variety of textures through the laundry process and silhouettes that promise the idea of bringing back denim classism to a whole new level.

Generally, Liz Ogumbo’s clothing is recognised for its whimsical flair, with touches of both elegance and playfulness through influences from her music background and African culture. This denim Collection is an extension of her style aesthetic transferred to denim #play and her fashion brand still retails for less than her competitors.

Make sure to make your way to Sandton City this evening to catch The Liz Ogumbo Denim Collection show at 6pm at the Sandton City roof top or check her social media accounts for announcements.

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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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