Top celebs in South Africa

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Gone are the days where South Africa is “too far to visit” or “too small to tour”… South Africa is now firmly on the map for top celebrities to visit, tour, film and holiday in. Take today for example… We have Rihanna hanging out in Cape Town (check her Instagram feed to see pics). Keri Hilson and Anthony Hamilton were hanging out in Macufe over the weekend. Idris Elba was jamming it up at DStv’s Delicious Food & Music Festival two weeks ago and now Taylor Swift, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and a few other big Hollywood A-listers are apparently in the country too. They’ll be getting to work on a new film called The Giver, which is set for release in August next year. I also know that John Cleese was here shooting the third installment of Spud… SA is #Winning!!!

If you’re in the Cape Town area, be on the lookout for Ms. Swift and crew. I’d love to get some pics of them, but I’m in the Joziwood at the moment, so I’ll leave it up to you. Send them to me on jason.vonberg@gmail.com or tweet me: @JasonVonBerg.

There are loads of other events coming up in the next couple of months that will see big stars heading to our shores including:

Mandela – Long Walk To Freedom world premiere

Dave Matthews Band live in concert

Nickleback live in concert (expect Avril Lavigne to be here too)

2014:

Bryan Adams live in concert

Big Sean live in concert

Kendrick Lamar live in concert

We Run Jozi – Pics and thoughts

 

Today, the second #WeRunJozi presented by Nike event took place. In March, thousands of runners ran through downtown Jo’burg in the evening. Today, some 20, 000 runners hit the streets of Sandton at 9am. We winded through Sandton, through Alexandra and back up to Innisfree Park. I’ll admit I took a bit of strain. It was super hot out and hills generally don’t sit well with me, but I finished. My time was just over 52minutes, which isn’t too bad, but had I not walked, I probably could’ve done a little better.

The event in general was incredible. Barring the heatwave, everything else was accounted for. There were plenty of water stops along the route. The residents of Alex and Sandton were out and about on the streets cheering and encouraging us runners on. There was loads of entertainment at the finish with performances from Mi Casa, Slikour and others and as for the camaraderie? Well, it was fantastic. Towards the end I met a random dude, who could see I was picking up my pace. He suggested we sprint the last bit, which is exactly what we did. When he got tired, I pulled him through and Vice Versa. Sports, any kind, really does bring us together and it’s so awesome.

I thoroughly enjoyed my Sunday morning and while the legs will probably be a little sore tomorrow, we’re on to next one. Two triathlons, another 10km run and a 40km cycle…. Witness the fitness I say 🙂