Last week I got to hang out with some of my favourite people, in one of my favourite provinces in SA, and all to mark the new car launch of one of favourite motoring companies around, Ford. The Ford South Africa team have officially launched the new Ranger, and I was one of the lucky few who got to test drive these new beauts from Cape Town International, all the way through to the Aquila Game Reserve in Cederberg. A little bit of road driving, coupled with some intense 4×4 driving was done, and man oh man if my love affair with the new Ford Ranger even bigger now. Check out some of my pics below:
You may recall I went to Namibia earlier this year for the Ford Ranger Odyssey, in which I got to drive the Ranger around the Namib Desert and surrounds for some eight days. I’m not a motoring journalist, or an expert in that department by any means, but I do know this car is incredible. It handles the open road beautifully, but off-road is where it really excels. It’s smooth, can handle almost any terrain thrown at it. It’s easy to drive and just a very comfortable vehicle.
I drive a VW currently, and while I love it, it is time to upgrade. Ford’s Ranger is high up on my list and I’ve already started investigating. The reason? I lead a very active lifestyle now, participating in a lot of on road and mountain bike races. That requires transporting my bike to and from training and racing venues. I also love to travel, especially into the bush and I think a car like this is economical when it comes to fuel consumption, it’s great for game drives. It doesn’t hurt that the car is a nice looking one too, so it ticks all the boxes for me 😉
Are you a fan of the Ranger? Do you drive one already? Holler at me if you have some tips, tricks and recommendations.
Last night we were introduced to some of the #IdolsSA hopefuls, who managed to score golden tickets from the judges in the initial city auditions. These peops are usually the best, but damn were they battling last night. I’m not sure if it was a severe case of nerves that just rolled through many of the groups, but damn it was bad. I thought the judges were being harsh, but they were on point.
78 made this round, only a few actually made it to Sun City and now we’re down to just 29. These 29 will go on to sing in the individual performances round. Let’s hope they bring their a-games.
Wanting to know who they are? Here’s a list of those who made it through:
Amanda Antony (21) from Port Elizabeth
Amy Lombard (29) from Cape Town
Bridgitt Leahy (18) from Creighton
Busisiwe Mthembu (22) from Springs
Chrystal Worship (26) from Cape Town
Daniel Minnie (19) from Port Elizabeth
Dineo Moseki (21) from Vryburg
Elwira Standili (22) from Cape Town
John Niel (24) from Pretoria
Karabo Mogane (23) from Nelspruit
Lihle Buthelezi (27) from Ladysmith
Loyiso Gijana (16) from Uitenhage
Lungisa Xhamela (24) from Cape Town
Mandla Bacela (29) from Butterworth
Matthew Kent (22) from Cape Town
Mlondi Mkhize (25) from Illovo
Mmatema Moremi (22) from Pretoria
Nadia Herbst (20) from Paarl
Ndumiso Mahlangu (21) from Carolina
Nina Terblanche (17) from Nelspruit
Nonhle Mhlongo (29) from Durban
Phila Madlingozi (25) from Johannesburg
Rhema Vairrie (20) from Alberton
Ruan Grobbelaar (24) from Cape Town
Shenay O’ Brien (24) from Johannesburg
Siphelele Ngcobo (24) from Durban
Sizwe Mthalane (20) from Cato Ridge
Tebogo Louw (23) from Stellenbosch
Thami Shobede (26) from Johannesburg
catch Idols on M-Net and Mzansi Magic every Sunday at 17:00.
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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It’s one of the most loved stories in South Africa and clearly the fans of the movie franchise are a very dedicated bunch! On Saturday afternoon, Times Media Films hosted an autograph signing session with Troye Sivan, Caspar Lee, Alex McGregor, Blessing Xaba and the rest of the Spud 3 stars in Nelson Mandela Square. As the hours passed and the news of their favourite stars being in town spread, the crowd numbers grew. I saw many tears, lots of screams and just an overwhelmingly positive response to the movie and its stars. Later that night, the Spud 3 stars hit up the premiere in Sandton, and again the fans turned up in their numbers. I instigated a bit, by getting Troye, Sven, Caspar and Travis to get the fans revved up and screaming… Naturally the obliged and naturally their fans reacted positively.
Step aside Justin Bieber, the YouTube sensations are in the building and ready to shine! I’ve got some videos to post too, but here are some pictures from the premiere and autograph signing.
Here are a few pictures from the #SurvivorSA finale, which took place a little earlier.
During the live production it was Capetonian Graham Jenneker who walked away with a whopping R1million. Terrible hey? A worthy and deserving winner indeed!
LOL. Happy April dear friends! May the red and gold be with you *Winks