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News - Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality


NELSON MANDELA BAY LAUNCHED A MASSIVE BUCKET ERADICATION PROGRAMME

BY Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) has delivered on the commitment of working towards eradicating the inhumane and humiliating bucket system that is still in use in some areas of the City. On Tuesday (January 24, 2015) the NMBM officially launched a R500 million bucket eradication programme in Despatch, Khayamnandi. The Municipality's Infrastructure and Engineering Directorate led by Portfolio Chairman, Councillor Andile Mfunda braved the rainy weather to launch the programme that will see about 4500 beneficiaries who were using a bucket system getting flushed toilets.

Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, Pam Tshwete and NMBM Executive Mayor Benson Fihla officially cut the ribbon at one of the newly built ablution facilities (toilets) to mark the start of a programme that will bring dignity to thousands of people across the City.  Speaking at the launch a visibly impressed Deputy Minister Tshwete said , “I am satisfied to see that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is doing everything possible to rectify the legacy of the apartheid regime. We cannot dismiss the fact that the Municipality has a backlog. However, the ANC lead government is dealing with that and this is one of its initiatives. As a department we commit support the NMBM in all its endevours. Sanitation is dignity, we are really please with the progress that has been made".
Deputy Minister Tshwete made a plea to the people of Despatch to protect the ablution facilities that they have received.  "We will be spending resources on these facilities, once we are done we want to move to other areas that are as desperate as this one. We do not want to be forced to come and re-do what we have already done here because of vandalism," said Deputy Minister Tshwete.
 
NMBM Executive Mayor said: "The time of promises is over. It is now time to deliver and change people's lives for the better. Our people have suffered too much under the inhumane conditions of the past regime. Only the ANC led government can restore their dignity. This is why we are here today, launching this important programme".
 
However, this programme entails a three-pronged approach that will in total cost approximately R500 million over three to four years.
The first phase is a communal ablution facility phase that will be erected in densely populated informal settlements.
The next phase is the construction of house slabs, with a closed flushing ablution facility, while the beneficiary is waiting for the housing subsidy to be approved.
The last phase will be a complete house with running water and a working ablution facility. All these phases are expected to run concurrently, depending on the feasibility.
 
One of the beneficiaries, Thembisa Rayi could not hold her excitement. "I am over the moon. We have been using the buckets with all its risks and unhygienic conditions. Thank you to our government, they have delivered on their promise. As the community we hope that the programme will spread to other areas".

At the launch, the Municipality unveiled the house slab, with a closed flushing ablution facility phase. The beneficiaries will use the closed flushing ablution facility while they wait for a housing top structure to be approved. Once the top structure is approved, the construction will be done around the already existing closed flushing ablution facility.
 
 
Issued by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications Office. For more information please do not hesitate to contact Communications and Media Management Officer, Mthubanzi Mniki at (041) 5061539/0713813779
 


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 February 25, 2015
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ESKOM LOADSHEDDING

BY Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality regrets to inform you that, due to demand having exceeded supply, Eskom has announced LOAD-SHEDDING STAGE 1.

 

The NMBM will apply the Load-shedding in accordance with the schedule that has been widely publicised and is available at www.nelsonmandelabay.gov.za , in terms of which:

 

STAGE 1

WEEK 5 JANUARY - 11 JANUARY 2015

 

Friday, 9 January 2015

 

12:00 - 14:30 Group 4

14:00 - 16:30 Group 5

16:00 - 18:30 Group 6

18:00 - 20:30 Geysers (No overall load-shedding but ALL geysers will be switched off during this time.)

20:00 - 22:30 Group 7

 

Saturday, 10 January 2015

 

06:00 - 08:30 Group 8

08:00 - 10:30 Geysers

10:00 - 12:30 Group 1

12:00 - 14:30 Group 2

14:00 - 16:30 Group 3

16:00 - 18:30 Group 4

18:00 - 20:30 Geysers

20:00 - 22:30 Group 5

 

Sunday, 11 January 2015

 

06:00 - 08:30 Group 6

08:00 - 10:30 Geysers

10:00 - 12:30 Group 7

12:00 - 14:30 Group 8

14:00 - 16:30 Group 1

16:00 - 18:30 Group 2

18:00 - 20:30 Geysers

20:00 - 22:30 Group 3

 

STAGE 1

WEEK 12 JANUARY - 18 JANUARY 2015

 

Monday, 12 January 2015

 

06:00 - 08:30 Group 4

08:00 - 10:30 Geysers

10:00 - 12:30 Group 5

12:00 - 14:30 Group 6

14:00 - 16:30 Group 7

16:00 - 18:30 Group 8

18:00 - 20:30 Geysers

20:00 - 22:30 Group 1

 

All residents are requested to please switch off geysers when not in use and pool pumps, in addition to using electricity sparingly, in order to obviate any further Load-shedding or escalation to Stages 2, 3 and 4.

 

We thank all residents for your cooperation in this regard.

 

Together moving South Africa forward!

 

ROLAND WILLIAMS

DIRECTOR: COMMUNICATIONS

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 January 09, 2015
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WATER INTERRUPTOIN TO MOTHERWELL NU4, NU5, NU6, NU7, NU8 AND NU9

BY Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is required to regularly undertake critical maintenance work on its water supply infrastructure in order to ensure that such infrastructure and system is 100% fully operational and provides a steady and uninhibited water supply to all our residents.

 

To this end, routine maintenance work will be carried out this week at one of the main water supply infrastructure facilities in Motherwell, which will temporarily affect  the supply of water to Motherwell NU4, NU5, NU6, NU7, NU8 and NU9.

 

Water supply to the affected areas will be temporarily closed from 08:30 on Friday, 9 January 2015 and will be restored by 13:00 (1pm) on the same day. Should the work take longer than anticipated, alternative arrangements will be made, such as the dispatching of water tankers to the affected areas.

 

The NMBM apologises to the affected communities for the inconvenience.  We assure you that the routine maintenance work is part of our continual improvement programme so that we are able to provide you with better services over a lengthier period.

 

IT IS IMPORTANT that affected communities TURN OFF their taps during the maintenance period as this will adversely affect the water flow when supply is restored.

 

We thank the people of Motherwell for your patience and understanding as we seek to bring you better services.

 

Working together we have done more!

 

ROLAND WILLIAMS
DIRECTOR: COMMUNICATIONS

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 January 07, 2015
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NELSON MANDELA BAY LOADSHEDDING SCHEDULE  - MARCH 2014

BY Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

DOMESTIC ONLY – 2 HOUR TIMESLOTS

 

 

GROUP 1

GROUP 1

GROUP 1

AREA 1

AREA 2

AREA 3

Motherwell North

Coega Village

7de Laan

Motherwell North of Addo Road

Despatch

Aspen Heights

Motherwell NU1 -12

Wells Estate (Bluewater Bay)

Booysens Park

Tjoksville

 

Chatty

 

 

Ext 21 -34

 

 

Heath Park (Above Spar and including PE College)

 

 

Jacksonville

 

 

Kleinskool

 

 

Kwanoxolo

 

 

Palm Ridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROUP 2

GROUP 2

GROUP 2

AREA 4

AREA 5

AREA 6

Arcadia

Buffelsfontein Rd

Blue Horizon Bay – FBH

Bethelsdorp Village

Buffelsfontein Old Age Home

Boxes & Shooks – TBS

Chatty

Charlo

Gamtoos

Cleary Estate

Circular Drive

Gamtoos Hotel - GHL

Cleary Park

Fairview

Gamtoos Pumps - SGP

Ext 28 (St. Elizabeth Street area)

Greenshields Park

Gedultsriver – FGR

Hillside

Heugh Rd – 6th Ave to William Moffett

Loerie Pumps – SLL

Heath Park (Bethelsdorp Side and around PE College)

Mangold Park (Section)

Matjiesfontein - TFM

Hillside

Mount Pleasant

Nokton Farm – NFL

Kleinskool

Overbaakens

Rocklands – FCR

NMMU (Vista)

Springfield

St Albans – SAL

Salsoneville

Walmer 6th Ave to William

Moffett

Thornhill

Salt Lake

Walmer Downs

Thornhill Farmers – TFM

Sanctor

William Moffett

Vaalkrans – GVK

West End

 

Van Stadens Gorge – VMW

Windvogel

 

Witteklip – FCW

 

 

Woodridge – FCW

 

 

 



GROUP 3

GROUP 3

GROUP 3

AREA 7

AREA 8

AREA 9

Gerald Smith

NMMU

EP Command

Kwanobuhle

Summerstrand

Forest Hill

Rosedale

Summerstrand from NMMU to 2nd AVE

Humewood

Strelitzia Park

 

South End

Tambo

 

Southdene

Thomas Gamble

 

Summerstrand up to Marine Hotel

Winterhoek Park

 

Walmer 1st Ave Area Area to 6th Ave

 

 

Walmer Boulevard

 

 

Weetwood Road Area

 

 

 

GROUP 4

GROUP 4

GROUP 4

AREA 10

AREA 11

AREA 12

Baakensriver Area

Arlington - ADS

Albany Rd Area

Chapel Street Area

Lovemore Park - DLP

Central Area Russell Rd to Albany Rd

City Centre to Donkin Street

Miramar

City Centre Whites Rd to Russell Rd

Humerail

Pari Park

Govan Mbeki to City to Albany

King Edward Area

Providentia

Richmond Hill Area

Malabar

Schoenmakerskop - DSK

Russel Road Area

Malabar Ext 6

Schoenmakerskop Village

 

 

Walmer 9th Ave Area

 

 

Walmer Dunes

 

 

Walmer Heights

 

 

Walmer Industrial

 

 

Walmer Location

 

 

Willow Area - DSK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


GROUP 5

GROUP 5

GROUP 5

AREA 13

AREA 14

AREA 15

Kulati

Beachview – SPL

Brickmakerskloof

Kwazakhele

Ben Kamma

Central Brickmakerskloof to Russel Rd

Matomela

Beverley Grove

Park Drive Area

New Brighton

Bramhope

St Georges Park (exclude Hospitals)

Zwide

Bridgemeade

Westbourne Oval Area

 

Brymore

 

 

Butterfield - TBU

 

 

Chelsea - GLC

 

 

Chinchilla Farm - SCF

 

 

Colleen Glen

 

 

Cows Corner - CCR

 

 

Crockarts Hope - TCR

 

 

De Stades - TDS

 

 

Francis Evatt Park

 

 

Glenroy

 

 

Greenbushes Draaifontein - GBD

 

 

Greenbushes Seaview - GBS

 

 

Hilltops - SHT

 

 

Hunters Retreat

 

 

Kabega Park

 

 

Kinibay - SPL

 

 

Kunene Park

 

 

Lakefarm – TLF

 

 

Morningside – Opal Rd towards Hunter’s Side

 

 

Murray Park - MPK

 

 

Rowallan Park

 

 

Seaview Pumps - SPL

 

 

Seaview Village

 

 

Sherwood

 

 

Van der Stel

 

 

Vergelegen

 

 

Walker Drive

 

 

Waterkloof - WKK

 

 

Willow Glen

 

 

 

 



GROUP 6

GROUP 6

GROUP 6

AREA 16

AREA 17

AREA 18

Fairbridge Heights

Adcockvale Area

Adcockvale Ext

Jansendal

Burt Drive Area

Fernglen

Lower Central

Cape Rd Area Greenacres

Framesby

Market Square

Cotswold Area

Framesby Ext

Mosel

Greenacres Area

Holland Park

Penford

Newton Park Area

Kabega Park

Scheepershoogte

Parsonshill Area

Kempston Rd Area

Uitenhage Central

Perridgevale

Linton Grange

Van Riebeeck Hoogte

Schauder Area

Morningside from Opal Rd towards Makro

Vanes Estate

 

Schauderville Area

West Hill

 

Steytler Township

Winterhoek Park

 

Sunridge Park

 

 

Taybank

 

 

Vikingvale

 

 

Westering

 

 

 

GROUP 7

GROUP 7

GROUP 7

AREA 19

AREA 20

AREA 21

Edgar Street Area

Ibhayi

Albany Rd Area

Glendenningvale

Koyana Redhouse Area

Central Area from Albany Rd towards Mount Rd

Kensington Area

Kwadwesi

College Drive

Kensington Harrower Rd to Diaz Rd

Kwaford

Eastborne Road

Millard Grange

Kwamagxaki

Essexvale

Mount Croix Area (section)

Kwazakhela

Fiveways

North End Area

Masangwanaville

Linkside

Parsonshill Area

Mgengo Street Area

Mill Park

Sydenham Area

New Brighton

Mount Croix Area (section)

York Road

Red Location

Park Drive

 

Soweto on Sea

Richmond Hill Area

 

 

Salisbury Park

 

 

Stanley Street Area

 

 

 

 

 

 


GROUP 8

GROUP 8

GROUP 8

AREA 22

AREA 23

AREA 24

Glen Hurd

Algoa Park

Broadwood

Mowbray Street

Cradock Place

Bushy Park – THC

Newton Park 1st Ave to 5th Ave

Gelvandale

Deer Park – THC

Pickering Park

Gelvan Park

Goldwater

 

Helenvale

Kamma Creek

 

Parkside

Kamma Park

 

Springdale

Kragga Kamma Theescombe – KKT

 

Young Park

La Provance

 

 

Lorraine

 

 

Lovemore Heights

 

 

Mangold Park (Section)

 

 

Mount Pleasant

 

 

Overbaakens

 

 

Seaview – SEA

 

 

Theescombe – THC

 

 

Weybridge Park

 

 

Woodlands

 

 

 

Group 1

Area 1

 

Area 2

 

Area 3

Group 2

Area 4

 

Area 5

 

Area 6

Group 3

Area 7

 

Area 8

 

Area 9

Group 4

Area 10

 

Area 11

 

Area 12

Group 5

Area 13

 

Area 14

 

Area 15

Group 6

Area 16

 

Area 17

 

Area 18

Group 7

Area 19

 

Area 20

 

Area 21

Group 8

Area 22

 

Area 23

 

Area 24

 

3 MARCH 2014 – 9 MARCH 2014

 

Time

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

Sat/Sun

06:00 -08:30

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

Group 6

08:00 -10:30

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

Group 6

Group 7

10:00 -12:30

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

Group 6

Group 7

Group 8

12:00 -14:30

Group 4

Group 5

Group 6

Group 7

Group 8

Group 1

14:00 -16:30

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 March 07, 2014
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AVOID QUEUES. BUY ELECTRICITY AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON

BY Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

Avoid long queues by buying pre-paid recharge vouchers at the touch of a button anytime of the day or night, over weekends or public holidays with your cell phone or by using the internet.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality consumers can also buy their tokens at the Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) of ABSA, FNB, Nedbank and Standard Bank. Other banks will be added at a later stage.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Step 1

Register your 11 digit meter number, located on the front of your electricity meter or on your swipe card via sms to 36073 (R5 sms fee will apply),

Step 2

Register via e-mail on the WireIT, the service provider appointed by the municipality, homepage www.wireit.co.za. A sms confirming registration of your prepaid meter will be sent to your cell phone,

Step 3

After registration, create a bank defined beneficiary called WIRE IT NMBM on your bank portal, using your meter number as reference.

You will receive the pre-paid electricity token (20 digit numeric number) via sms or e-mail without having to miss out on your favourite series or sports game.

The convenience fee for the use of the service is R4,50 per transaction. This will be deducted from your purchase amount and the minimum pre-paid electricity to be purchased is R50.

For more information go to www.wireit.co.za, call 087 742 0459 or e-mail helpdesk@wireit.co.za.

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 February 11, 2014
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JANUARY SHOWS RECORD WATER CONSUMPTION LEVELS

BY Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality recorded the highest water consumption levels in January 2014 at 312 Ml per day and expects the usage in February to reach an alarming 320 Ml per day as our peak consumption normally occurs in February.

Consumption levels in January 2013 were 291 Ml/day and 296 Ml/day in February 2013.

Residents are reminded to use water sparingly as we have frequent water shortages once every four years due to drought cycles occurring once every four years historically.

According to Statistics South Africa, we serve 1 152 114 residents in a geographical area covering 1959,02 square kilometers.

The levels of the major storage dams, supplying the Nelson Mandela Bay municipal area, are:

 

                          Capacity              Volume of water      

 

Kouga                  94,5%                  118 930 Ml            

Churchill               91,0%                    32 050

Impofu                 87,9%                    92 974

Loerie                  87,6%                      2 650

Groendal              100 %                    11 640

            

                                                     258 244 Ml

           
Average all                91,7 %  of total combined capacity.

 

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 February 04, 2014
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substance abusers turn over a new leaf

BY Bay FM

 A group of substance abusers in the Gelvandale area have been given a new lease on life this past week, after attending the Anathallo 10 Step Recovery & Life Skills Impartation Workshop.
The program, written and presented by Ignacio Schneider, aims to assist substance abusers towards recovery and restoration. It couples biblical principles with experience of substance abuse and formal rehabilitation. Mr Schneider himself was a substance abuser for 12 years.
The first workshop, which started on 10 October, was attended by Weldon Mentoor, Sagren Erasmus, Georgia Langford, Lester Stevens, Christopher Moss and Jillian Williams
 
“The visible change in the attendees after merely days was amazing. From scruffy to clean-shaven, from sagging shoulders to heads held high,  the change of heart has become apparent on their exterior”, said Schneider.
Facilitator Lucius Hufkie commented that Anathallo focuses not only on the physical and emotional effects of substance abuse, but mainly on the spiritual aspect. Abusers don’t only damage their bodies, but they lose self-confidence and hope. “These substances erode the good from every area of an abusers’ life”.
 
Extensive media coverage in week 1 has sparked the demand for more workshops, particularly in other parts of the Northern areas.
Subsequent workshops will be held as follows: West End Community Centre, 24-28 October; Booysens Park Community Hall 24-28 October; Harvest Christian Centre, Jacksonville 31 October to 4 November. All workshops are from 8am until 2pm on daily. Cost is R500 per participant, inclusive of all learning material and catering.
A call is being made for sponsorship. “Not everyone who expresses interest in the program can afford it. We appeal to our communities to support the initiative and in doing so, help put a life back on the right side of the tracks”, said Schneider.
Contact Ignacio Schneider at 073 302 7666 for further information and registration.
The workshops continue weekly.

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 October 26, 2016
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Local is “LekkaMos” with Bay FM 107.9

BY Bay FM

 
BayFM 107.9 is making good on the slogan ‘Our Community, Your radio’ with the launch of its exciting new campaign ‘#LekkaMos’.
 
 The # LekkaMos concept, aimed at providing a platform of exposure for home-grown talent, is set to revolutionise both marketing of and appreciation for local talent, across all genres.
 
“As a radio station functioning in the Eastern Cape, we have recognised both the abundance of exceptional talent, as well as our responsibility to said talent. It’s with this in mind, that this concept was birthed,” said BayFM Acting General Manager, Angelique Graaff.
 
#LekkaMos is derived from Local is Lekker, a phrase often used in conjunction with music or anything home-grown. Mos, an Afrikaans word, implies that what has been said is well known or self-evident.
“This is exactly what we, as a station, discovered. Our local talent has unique appeal. Gone are the days when aspiring artists relocate to other provinces in an effort to establish themselves.  With #LekkaMos, they can now step it up in their own backyard,” Graaff remarked.
 
With a listenership of 100 000, BayFM has the base to become a stepping stone for budding artists. #LekkaMos will create a platform for artists to show case their talent, by providing airplay to artists looking to break into the industry. This in turn provides the scope to harness local support and encourage greater awareness.
 
“#LekkaMos has the potential to develop beyond radio; it is however essential that we start somewhere. Local artists will soon know that BayFM 107.9 supports home-grown talent. Its #LekkaMos”, said BayFM Programs Manager, Luzuko Qoba.
The Lekkamos show, where only local music and artists will be featured, debuts this coming Saturday at 8pm.
Artists may visit www.bayfm.co.za   for more information on how to submit music.

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 August 23, 2016
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PAINT YOUR WORLD PURPLE

BY CANSA

Join the BayFM Team as we paint our world purple!

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 February 10, 2016
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GOSPEL SHOW MOVED AFTER UITENHAGE MUSIC SCAM

BY Sipho Ngwema

 

 

The Gospel Music Festival of the Nelson Mandela Bay Cultural Festival scheduled to take place at the Jabavu Stadium in Uitenhage this Saturday has been postponed to September 05.

 

The announcement follows media reports of a music scam that left scorers of concert-goers, local community leaders and entertainers furious after a local organiser duped people into buying tickets for a bogus concert supposedly scheduled to take place at the same venue last week Saturday.

 

The fiasco has had devastating effect on this weekend's gospel concert as ticket sales dropped dramatically immediately after the news of the scam emerged. Security reports indicate that there may be community action planned as the result of the scam.

 

The Nelson Mandela Bay Cultural Festival decided to take precautionary step and move the show to September to allow emotions to subside and the situation to return to normal. The plunge in public confidence towards concerts as a direct result of the scam is hopefully temporary and show will return in September.

 

Fortunately, the artists that were meant to perform this coming Saturday have overwhelmingly agreed to come back in September and assist in efforts to restore credibility of the entertainment industry.



Issued by Sipho Ngwema on behalf of Nelson Mandela Bay Cultural Festival. For more information call him at 082 499 8111.

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 July 09, 2015
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AWARD-WINNING ENGLISH AND AFRIKAANS DREAM TEAM COLLABORATION

BY Starburst Music

He opened for Bon Jovi during their 2013 Because We Can world tour in South Africa and regularly performs in the UK and US.  He has won Wawela Music Award for ‘Best Male Artist & Composer’ and was nominated for ‘Best Soundtrack in a Feature Film or Theatrical Documentary’.  He recently released his smash hit, Indestructible, off his brand new album Apollo, which is currently burning up the airwaves around the country.

They opened for Westlife during their 2011 tour in Namibia and for Air Supply during their 2014 tour in South Africa.  They have been winning South African Ghoema and Huisgenoot Tempo Music awards since 2011 and regularly perform at the biggest Afrikaans festivals and shows around the country.  Their self-titled album achieved gold status during 2013 and they have just been nominated for another Huisgenoot Tempo award for their music video GOUD from their latest album, GOUD, which is due to reach gold status any day now.

South African award-winning and chart-topping singer/songwriter and pop/rock/dance artist, Daniel Baron and the popular award-winning Afrikaans pop group and singer/songwriters, ADAM (Hugo Ludik, Reynardt Hugo and Kyle Grant) have joined forces for this hit collaboration!

Their very first international single, SAY WHAT YOU WANT, will be released to South African audiences during June 2015.  It has already been released in Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg by the European record label, Red Bullet, in early May 2015 and will soon be released to the rest of Europe.  

The single will play exclusively and for the first time on the 947 and KFM Kia Top 40 on 6 June 2015, where after the song will be released to radio stations nationally and will be followed by the release of the music video.
The song was written by Hugo Ludik and Daniel Baron for no particular project or reason – only for the sake of putting two creative heads together and seeing what comes from it.  The result is: SAY WHAT YOU WANT.
“The choice to do the song together as a collaboration didn't take much thought or time. Both Daniel and ourselves identified with every single part of the song - from the lyrics to the melody and production - and felt that our musical strengths combined would turn this song into a big hit, as well as a song we can be proud of. We are hoping that this song will get as much airplay worldwide as it deserves” says Hugo Ludik – founder of the group ADAM.

Daniel Baron says:  “I've known Hugo Ludik for a couple of years now. Before the ADAM group formed, we used to perform together as session musicians in different bands. Very recently we caught up and decided to co-write a song. We sat down for 2 hours and came up with "Say What You Want". It's the perfect collaboration song for both myself and ADAM because it carries elements of both our sounds, and it also crosses over to new genres. It's been incredible to work with ADAM. They are true professionals and true rock stars.”

#SayWhatYouWant… but this single is guaranteed to be a big hit!

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 June 18, 2015
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FAIRVIEW’S SPECTACULAR DERBY

BY Fairview Racecourse

The SW Security East Cape Derby and Prawn Festival meeting at Fairview on Sunday was an enormous success and a vibrant crowd of over 5000 racegoers cheered home the horses enthusiastically for all nine of the races.


The Joey Ramsden-trained St Tropez stamped himself as a stayer with a very bright future when sauntering to victory in the main race of the day, the Grade 3 Cape Derby over 2400m, under his world class jockey Anton Marcus.
Later, the Alan Greef-trained two-year-old colt Juan Two Three put himself in pole position to be named the Eastern Cape Champion Juvenile Male when winning the Listed Epol Dahlia Plate over 1200m easily and impressively under Greg Cheyne.
The weekend’s fun started on Friday with an eight race meeting on the polytrack.


The Prawn Festival meeting on the Sunday has become one of the most anticipated family fun days on the Port Elizabeth social calendar and the carnival-like atmosphere at this year’s event proved that it is growing from strength to strength.


1800 kilograms of prawns were sold and patrons also lapped up the plentiful on course entertainment that was provided.


The crowd lingered on until the last horse had been led away from the winner’s enclosure. They didn’t seem to want the day to end.
Phumelela’s Sales and Marketing Exec, Clyde Basel commented “We couldn’t be happier with the success and growth of the Derby weekend. Fairview hasn't seen that many people in ages and we can grow our database in order to engage with new faces, hopefully bring them back to the races and invite them to be a part of the Racing. It's a Rush campaign, a process that takes them through the various levels of participation".

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 May 11, 2015
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