Ziphozakhe Zokufa takes over from Rolene Strauss as Miss SA

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Ziphozakhe Zokufa  is the new Miss South Africa. The announcement was made yesterday, following the news of Rolene Strauss being announced as Miss World at the weekend. Ziphozakhe was named the first princess earlier this year. The first princess is expected to step into the role should the current title holder not be able to perform her duties, be it personally or professionally. In this case, Rolene now has a bigger role in the form of Miss World, so Ziphozakhe will represent the country for the next few months. She’s hard at work already, prepping for Miss Universe in January, so it’s going to be a busy few weeks for the young Port Elizabeth resident.

On taking over from Rolene, Zokufa said, “I got to know Rolene well during the run up to Miss South Africa 2014 earlier this year and was thrilled when she was crowned Miss World at the weekend. She will be a wonderful ambassador for our country. I know that I have big shoes to fill but am delighted and humbled that I will get a chance to carry the South African flag as the new Miss South Africa and represent my country to the best of my ability at the Miss Universe Pageant in January.

Website: www.misssa.co.za
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/MsSouthAfrica
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Official_MissSA

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMissSAPageant

Celebrate Rolene Strauss, don’t hate

Rolene_Strauss_smallerI’ve seen a lot of negative comments and opinions on the social networks in the hours since Miss SA, Rolene Strauss was named Miss World. People are asking, why should we celebrate someone who “won a fucking beauty pageant”. Well my answer is why not? This year has been intense for our country. It has been one year since our beloved former president, Nelson Mandela died. His legacy and everything he fought for need to be upheld and as South Africans I believe we should honour him, by trying to be better people each year. Here’s my little soapbox in a paragraph:
 
We’ve had two major court cases this year, the first being the Oscar Trial. Oscar Pistorius is now serving a five year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp back in February of 2013. The charges against Shrien Dewani were all dropped last week and now he is free to be who he wants to be, while her family come to terms with not only the tragic loss of their beloved Annie, but also the loss of this case. Dewani knows what happened that night, as does Pistorius, but the justice system gave them freedom and a soft sentencing respectively, so what are we to do? Both of these cases left many feeling bitter, betrayed and with a lack of faith in the justice system. Then Eskom decided to reinstate its rolling blackouts aka load shedding recently, leaving a lot of people in the dark – literally. This power station collapsed, the others haven’t been maintained, blah blah blah boring blah. Our ‘dear’ president, who is a whole other topic of discussion altogether, is now blaming Eskom’s failures on apartheid. Meanwhile back in Nkandla, I can bet that there have been no power shortages…. Maybe that area wasn’t even on the schedules, but then and again Eskom doesn’t stick to schedules so what does it matter. Parliament has become a very volatile place, where members of opposition parties are shouting, screaming and causing a massive stir. This isn’t bad, but it’s definitely made things a lot more interesting in terms of politics in SA. It’s also made our president a lot more scarce than what I and a lot of people would like. Will he hold office for another year? At this stage I doubt it. No faith = no point.
 
Our country has received a lot of bad press this year, so now when something like this happens I really believe we should celebrate it. For one Rolene Strauss is not just a pretty face. She’s a fourth year medical student, who is destined to be an inspiration in not only that field, but in business, beauty, entertainment and media spaces too. She’s young, focused, driven by passion and her goals and sincerely wants to make a difference in the lives of millions of South Africans and beyond. She will fly that South African flag high, holding it in the highest, most respected regard she knows how and she will be an incredible ambassador on the global stage. Twenty years on since the country became a democratic state and this is where we are. Yes we have our flaws and we still have a long way to go, but we’ve come a long way already. I salute the massive achievement of Rolene Strauss and I will be behind her, supporting her all the way during her reign. Haters need to take a step back, relax and acknowledge that when there is something good, celebrate and encourage it because only good things can happen from there. Like sport, something like this can unite our country and I find whenever something negative happens, there’s always a bigger, more positive that pops up too. Sports has always been something that unites us, so why is this any different? Ahead of Reconciliation Day tomorrow, I encourage you to do this: smile South Africa and be Proudly South African.

 

Miss SA Rolene Strauss crowned Miss World

Rolene Strauss is Miss World

22 year-old Rolene Strauss is the new Miss World! The reigning Miss South Africa and medical student was crowned the winner during Sunday night’s live finale from London in the UK. A big congratulations to her. She’s smart, driving and proof that if you set your mind to something, you can fully achieve it if you work hard, play smart and keep your eye on the prize.  Check out the press release below:

MISS SOUTH AFRICA 2O14 IS CROWNED MISS WORLD

Rolene Strauss takes the title

Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss has been crowned Miss World, becoming the first Miss South Africa to take this prestigious title since Anneline Kriel’s reign in 1974.

An ecstatic Rolene beat 124 contestants from around the globe and justified the faith thousands of South Africans had that she would win.


This fourth year Volksrust medical student was also the bookmakers’ favourite to win the title and she didn’t disappoint.


In her acceptance speech Rolene said she was both proud and humbled to have won and that her dreams had become reality: “My country is my pride and my purpose has and will always lie within it.”


When Rolene won the Miss South Africa title in March this year she said in her acceptance speech that she had goose bumps thinking just thinking about the title.


“In my country we are all here from different backgrounds and cultures but we have one thing in common – we are South Africans. I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am to represent such a diverse nation.”


Rolene is remembered for her drive, what she brought to the title and how she has represented South Africa not only nationally, but also internationally.


She says: “Not only has the Miss South Africa title taken me places, but I have also learnt from the women who walked this path before me.  Together with my visions and dreams, I can catapult the meaning and relevance of the Miss World title to an even higher level.”


Throughout her reign Rolene has emphasised her passion for health and fitness. “It’s is all about living, loving and giving.”  She has emphasised the importance of women’s health and its empowering effect on our everyday lives. “We are capable of so much more when we are healthy; physically, mentally and emotionally.


“As I stand before you my dream is now a reality, my journey now at its beginning. I am part of something bigger, part of a beautiful picture painted with different colours, cultures, backgrounds and dreams. We are all part of the painting.”


Say Chief Executive Officer, Jose Dos Santos of sponsors Cell C: “We at Cell C are delighted with Rolene’s amazing win at the Miss World Pageant. As Miss South Africa she has shown the resilience and determination to make a difference in the world and we are convinced that she will prove a wonderful ambassador for the Miss World brand. We also know she is carrying the South African flag with pride. Congratulations!”


It was a sentiment echoed by Graeme Stevens, CEO of Sun International: “Sun International would like to congratulate Rolene on being crowned the new Miss World which is a massive achievement. We are convinced that she will make as superb ambassador and inspire a generation of young girls who wish to reach for a dream.”

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Gallery: Foo Fighters live in Johannesburg, South Africa

American rockers, Foo Fighters wrapped up their first (at long last) tour to South Africa. They played to a very hyped-up, energetic crowd at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. For over three hours, the band rocked out, playing some of their new material, but balancing that with the classics that have made them who they are today. They were supported by SA band, BLK JKS as well as the Kaiser Chiefs.

Did you go to the concert? What did you enjoy the most?

Chris Brown returns to SA next April

CHRIS BROWN X TOUR LIVE IN SA(1)Attention Breezy fans: Chris Brown is heading back to South Africa next April. Upon his return to SA, he’ll be performing two concerts; one in Jozi and one in Durbs. Dates for the tour:Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg on Thursday, 2 April 2015 Moses Mabhida People’s Park, Durban on Saturday, 4 April 2015.  Ticket sales now available at ticketpro.co.za. I think they’re quite pricey if I’m honest, but you might not care because you’re #TeamBreezy:

 

Johannesburg

Date: Thursday, 2 April 2015

Venue: Coca Cola Dome

Ticket prices:

 

Golden Circle:  R1500

General access unreserved standing R1250

General Access reserved seating R1250

Mezzanine Level:  R750

 

Durban

Date: Saturday, 4 April 2015

Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium People’s Park

Ticket prices:

Golden Circle:  R1100

General Access: R690

For tour information visit: www.chrisbrownsatour.co.za. Keep in touch on Twitter @CBSATOUR.

Gangs of Ballet on tour this December

The holidays are upon us and many of you will be heading down to the coast or swapping your exisiting coastline for another. While you’re there, you’ll want to be entertained and if you’re looking for some live music, here’s a band you wont want to miss. It’s the SAMA/ MAMA nominated, MK winning band Gangs of Ballet and here’s where they will be this December:

 

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To keep in touch with the guys follow them on:
Website: http://gangsofballet.co.za

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GangsBallet

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/GangsOfBallet

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/GangsOfBallet

Victoria’s Secret Angels Shake It Off

Taylor Swift’s song, Shake It Off might be one of the catchiest songs of 2014 – and now it’s just become one of the sexiest songs too…

Dear Victoria’s Secret Angels, I love you. Especially Candice and Behati, our Africa sisters. Kisses xoxo ;)

Tanzania’s Idris wins Big Brother Hotshots

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Idris walked away the ultimate winner of this season of Big Brother Africa, otherwise known as Big Brother Hotshots. The Tanzanian Housemate beat out 25 other housemate hopefuls to scoop the $300,000.00 prize money… NOT KAK at all – nice Christmas present huh? I’ll be hanging out with “Mr Loverman” a little bit later to find out more about his time in the house, his relationship with Ellah and others. Plus we’ll talk about his plans from here on out. Join in at 12pm, CAT.

 

2015 Grammy nominees – so far

The countdown to music’s big night is on… The 8th of February is just a little over two months away and now we’re finding out who will make up all the fun bits that make up The Grammys. Check out the list so far and stay tuned for more nominees later:

Album Of The Year:
Morning Phase — Beck
Beyoncé — Beyoncé
X — Ed Sheeran
In The Lonely Hour — Sam Smith
Girl — Pharrell Williams

Record Of The Year:
“Fancy” — Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX
“Chandelier” — Sia
“Stay With Me” (Darkchild Version) — Sam Smith
“Shake It Off” — Taylor Swift
“All About That Bass” — Meghan Trainor

Song Of The Year:
“All About That Bass” — Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor)
“Chandelier” — Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia)
“Shake It Off” — Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
“Stay With Me” (Darkchild Version) — James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith)
“Take Me To Church” — Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier)

Best New Artist:
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Brandy Clark
Haim
Sam Smith

CLICK HERE for the full list.

Martin Kaymer spotted at the Boss store in Sandton

One of SA’s most prestigious and celebrated sporting events is here again. The Nedbank Golf Challenge kicked off earlier today at the Sun City resort. The golfing event plays host to some of the biggest names in the game and this year is no different. Shortly before the golf got going, German star Martin Kaymer was spotted out at the Boss store in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Kaymer has been associated to HUGO BOSS since 2011. Both on and off the golf course, you’ll see him wearing his very own collection, Martin Kaymer by Boss Green gear. It seems he’s not only a pro on the golf course, but in the fashion department too because he helped design the collection back in 2012. Maybe his Boss Collection will see him walking away the Nedbank Gold champ this weekend too.