33 Miss SA Semi finalists announced

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The 2014 Miss South Africa pageant buzz is on. Yesterday I went through to Sun International‘s Maslow Hotel for the announcement of the 33 semi finalists vying for the title. A bit more from the event:

– Cell C will serve as the headline sponsor for the event

– Radio personality, Anele Mdoda will join DJ, Black Coffee and magazine editor Pnina Fenster in judging the competition

– Mzansi Magic, channel 161 on DStv, will be the official broadcaster

– The Road to Miss SA will start on the channel on the 26th of January

– The pageant will be held in Sun City on the 30th of March

So that’s the lowdown on the event, but who are the 33 ladies vying for the title? Find the list below:

THE MISS SA SEMI FINALISTS

 

Ziphozakhe Zokufa 22 Eastern Cape
Dipalesa Mbola 22 Free State
Rolene Strauss 21 Free State
Callan Corner 20 Gauteng
Caylene Marais 23 Gauteng
Hape Moloi 21 Gauteng
Jenna Braham 21 Gauteng
Matlala Mokoko 23 Gauteng
Nkhensi Vukela 22 Gauteng
Ntsiki Mkhize 22 Gauteng
Sarah Botes 21 Gauteng
Tayla Skye Robinson 21 Gauteng
Thabang Ganyane 19 Gauteng
Tidimalo Sehlako 22 Gauteng
Tshegofatso Monggae 20 Gauteng
Delisha Leigh-Ann Chetty 22 KwaZulu-Natal
Julia Petersen 22 KwaZulu-Natal
Nomhle Mtshali 23 KwaZulu-Natal
Sihle Makhanya 22 KwaZulu-Natal
Ziyanda Msomi 22 KwaZulu-Natal
Sheila Mmutle 23 Limpopo
Ntandayenkosi Kunene 21 Mpumalanga
Ilze Saunders 23 North West Province
Abigail de Jager 19 Mpumalanga
Alyssa Arendse 22 Western Cape
Anzél Stofberg 22 Western Cape
Ashleigh Burton 23 Western Cape
Jade Hubner 21 Western Cape
Meighnon Loriston 19 Western Cape
Mishka Patel 21 Western Cape
Nelisiwe Galada 23 Western Cape
Taryn Esterhuizen 23 Western Cape
Vuyolwetu Mgwelo 22 Western Cape

Road to Rio Corre – departure day

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Just over three weeks ago, I got word on Twitter that I’d won a trip (I know right). I really wasn’t expecting that and I’d didn’t quite realize why people were congratulating me until fellow runner, Tanya showed up at the same event I was at and she confirmed that I’d won the Nike #mediaruns challenge and Rio De Janeiro was the destination I’d be heading to (I still get that wtf moment in my head, ha). The Rio Corre 10km is the main reason we were off to the South American nation, but there would be a whole bunch of other touristy things on the cards too.

So fast track three weeks later and I’d find myself lying in my hotel bed at the Sofitel Luxury Hotels, which is a meters away from the very famous Copacabana beaches typing this post. It’s just before 07:00 and it’s already cooking, albeit overcast. Getting here was long, but pretty painless. My dear friend, Kadie dropped me off at the Gautrain station, caught the train from Rosebank to the airport via Sandton and then it was check in time. Destination – Sau Paulo.

South African Airways was the airline of choice that would take us to the South American nation. It remains an airline that I’m not entirely sold by. I’ve haven’t had the best experience in the past, but the crew were really nice this time around and the flight was pleasant. The only down side is that the plane was “old” according to the head air hostess and it was for that reason why we all had to cast our attention to the shared TV screens above the seats. Old school much? Well the movies and he quality of the broadcast weren’t too,so thank goodness for the iPad 🙂

We arrived in Sau Paulo just after 4pm, local time all feeling a little light and tired but still very excited. Our lay over was three overs, so we got somewhat acquainted with the airport and we also got to know each other a little bit too. We’re going to have fun I tell ya.

After the wait we all boarded our Tam flight to Rio De Janeiro, eeeek! The flight wasn’t full and the cabin was really nice too. I’d recommend this airline for sure. The forty minute or so flight was a little bumpy (okay rather actually) but we were all so tired so it didn’t really phase us, haha. We boarded a short coach ride from the north of the city to the south and it was in that trip that we got to see one off the world’s greatest wonders of the modern world, Christ The Redeemer statue, which overlooks the city. That’s when shit got real for me… Excuse my profanities here, but I’m in fucken Rio De Janeiro!!!

More on our trip to follow in the next couple of days 🙂

Gallery: Celebs at the Redd’s Door Experience

The second installment in the Redd’s Door Experience went down in Sandton, Johannesburg last night and naturally the celebs turned up to be apart of the action. From radio personalities, Jennifer Su and Anele Mdoda to actors Lehasa Moloi, Jay Anstey and Boity, the stars were all out at the Sandton Convention Centre to have a little bit of a razzle courtesy of the good folks at Redd’s. Plus they got to enjoy performances from Ross Jack, AKA, Ifani and Da Les to mention a few. Check out the gallery above!

[Gallery] SA Sports Awards – red carpet arrivals

The SA Sports Awards took place the Sandton Convention Centre on Sunday. I was on the red carpet interviewing some of the biggest names in the game and while I waited for my chance, I snapped a few pics of the stars in attendance. Check out the gallery below and check back in for video interviews coming this week.

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 🙂

Traffic Alert – WE RUN Jozi 10K Race: Sunday, 7th October 2012

As I told you yesterday, the WE RUN Jozi event is coming up this Sunday. There will be road closures affecting the Sandton and Alexandra areas, so if you’re around there and you aren’t running take note of the following:


Road closures will be in effect in the Sandton and Alexandra area from 06:00 until 24:00 on Sunday. The race will start at 09:00 on Katherine Street in Sandton, traverse into Alexandra, Wynberg and finish on the M1 highway south, northbound carriageway.

Roads affected include:

  • M1 North Closure from Grayston to Marlboro turn-off : 00h00 to 16h00, 7 October 2012
  • M1 Northbound on-ramp closure : 00h00 to 16h00, 7 October 2012
  • Katherine Street North bound lane from the corner of West up to Grayston Bridge : 00h00 to 11h00, 7 October 2012
  • Katherine Street North bound lane from the corner of West up to Barlow Park : 06h00 to 13h00, 7 October 2012
  • Katherine Street South bound will become a dual carraige lane : 00h00 to 11h00, 7 October 2012
  • Grayston Road, traffic interference from Grayston Bridge to M1 on-ramp : 00h00 to 11h00, 7 October 2012
  • Marlboro on-ramp South will be closed sporadically to allow runners to cross onto M1 (rolling closure) : 09h00 to 12h00, 7 October 2012
  • Pretoria Main Rd North bound between Florence and Marlboro Drive closure 06h00 to 14h00, 7 October 2012
  • Pretoria Main Rd South will become a dual carraige way : 06h00 to 14h00, 7 October 2012
  • Expect heavy traffic around Innesfree Park and surrounding area : 00h00 to 16h00, 7 October 2012

Parking:
Registered runners are encouraged to park at Gautrain Station in Sandton, Sandton City, Nelson Mandela Square and Sandton Convention Center in the Sandton CBD and walk down West Street to enter the “race stacking area” at the corner of West Street and Rivonia Road.

Post-Race:

Runners can make use of the shuttle service from Innesfree Park to the Gautrain Station in Sandton post-race.  The shuttle fee is R10.00 per person.

Spectators:

Key points have been set up for spectators, for ease of access on foot. For more information visit www.facebook.com/NikeRunningZA

Men’s Health Menswear Collection 2010


Last week the third annual Men’s Health Menswear Collection took place at the swanky venue, the UrbanTREE in Sandton, Jozi. Due to other commitments, I wasn’t able to make the function, which I was bummed about because it really is one of the best events to attend. While in the past, fashion wasn’t really a big thing for guys; I’d say that perception is changing all the time and that is highlighted by the fact that this event is in its third year already. It’s the brainchild of the magazine’s fashion director Neil Doveton, who visits one of the world’s leading fashion centres, Milan on a regular basis. He said, “My annual trips to Milan highlight the amazing work our local designers and buyers are doing to ensure we’re continuously on trend. I am proud to say South African men are seeing the benefits of personal presentation and are becoming more comfortable and adventurous when it comes to fashion and trends.”

The mag partnered with Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Dunhill Fragrances for this year’s event, which carried the theme Day and Night. In terms of labels, the audiences got to see the latest from designers and labels such as Canterbury, Craig Native, Markham, Old Khaki, Craig Port, Pringle, Ben Sherman and Puma. I’m a huge fan of Craig Native, Craig Port and Old Khaki- #justsaying. Take a look at some of the fashion trends you (girls buying for your BFs and guys looking to be trendy) can expect to see in and around town this Summer.

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I haven’t received my copy of this October’s Men’s Health yet, but I have word that the fashion supplement is banging. Check it out, on sale now!

Coke Zero Fest press conference

What an awesome way to kick start one of the biggest music festivals in South Africa, Coca-Cola Zero Festival. The official press conference took place at the new Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg. A band Jozi audiences will get to see on stage tomorrow is Evolver. They’ve been added to the bill, in light of BFMV and Red Jumpsuit pulling out last minute. Evolver is brilliant and I look forward to bringing you the highlights from the show tomorrow. Speaking off highlights, the video above will give you an insight into what to expect on stage this weekend. Noel Gallagher is one of the funniest people around I feel, just purely because he’s honest and real. While he was in front of the media, I was interviewing Liam. Great guy actually, but the experience was so surreal and fast too. That interview is coming up soon, as is one with Brendon Urie from PAtD… so stay tuned.

I’ll also be at the festival tomorrow. Looking forward to it. IF you’re going and you have some wicked pics, videos or stories, do share with the rest of us… It’ll be awesome to hear your views on the spectacle tomorrow. Until then, keep it real!

VDay concert in Jozi

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If you have no plans and you’re looking for something to do in Jozi then check this out. South African stars Louise Carver and Prime Circle are teaming up and performing at the Nelson Mandela Square. The guys from Prime Circle are enjoying the limelight at the moment, showcasing their new album ‘All or Nothing’ to audiences and a song you can definitely expect to hear is ‘She Always Gets What She Wants’… I dedicate that to all the ladies out there 🙂

Louise Carver’s 2008 offering, ‘Saved By The Moonlight’ has also scored her a string of hits and this year the lovely Lou will be releasing a Live Album, recorded from her ‘Home’ tour last year. I’ll definitely find out more on this one and keep you posted. So go and check these two out tonight. It’s gonna be wicked, it’s free at it starts at 9pm.