Monthly Archives: May 2014

Bayede! Hail the King!

South Africa’s Zulu royal lineage is a fascinating piece of history.  The Zulu monarchy is constitutionally protected in South Africa and the palace at Nongoma is being upgraded at a cost of R300 million, meaning that the Zulu king is … Continue reading

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SABC3 Morning TV Topics from Expresso for the first week of June 2014

Expresso airs weekdays at 06:00 – 08:30 on SABC3. Next week they will be looking at Child Protection Week on Monday 2 June, and stressed out and over-worked kids on Tuesday 3 June.  I was saddened to read that.  Children … Continue reading

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Heaven is for real, heresy packaged to feel good

There has been a proliferation of faith-based movies of late.  I have seen very few of them, but did find my way to the 2014 American movie Heaven is for Real.  This is a story about Pastor Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear) and … Continue reading

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Jazz giants from across the globe play at Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2014

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz always brings a stellar line-up to Johannesburg for the country’s premier jazz festival.  This year, the 2014 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz moves from Newtown to the Sandton Convention Centre where it will take place … Continue reading

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Watch the biggest South African soapie wedding ever on Thursday 29 May

As a marriage officer I conduct many weddings a year at a variety of venues and can assure you that weddings are a big deal.  This soapie one is one of the biggest deals … SABC2’s Muvhango audiences will be … Continue reading

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Joburg’s Angels … the angel Moroni

One of the most visible landmarks in the Parktown area is the gold plated angel looking over the southern skyline (as we are looking North) on one of the spires of the Mormon Temple in Parktown.  I live close by … Continue reading

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Clover Little Big Cook Off on SABC3 is a delight.

I am not often home on Saturday evenings, but this last Saturday evening I was home.  I caught the Clover Little Big Cook Off third episode.  I was hooked.  Basically the show uses a team of two, an adult and … Continue reading

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Week of Taste SA 2014

The French are known for their cuisine, of course, so it with excitement that I saw that they are bringing a Week of Taste to South Africa.  This concept has been operating in France for two decades already, and has … Continue reading

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RV Rampage: TV fun in NZ

RV Rampage uses Travel Channel favourites Henry Cole and Amanda Byram to anchor their new adventure series, a reality TV show set in the very beautiful outdoors of New Zealand. There are five teams of two and South Africans will … Continue reading

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Madiba: The African Opera

Madiba: The African Opera had its world premiere at the State Theatre in Pretoria on Friday, 23 May.  Supposedly the retelling of little known stories about Mandela, the opera is the brainchild of Mandela’s cousin, Unathi Mtirara, who wrote the libretto based … Continue reading

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