CLOSURE OF UNION AVENUE/R75 (UITENHAGE) ON-RAMP FOR UPGRADE
January 07, 2015 | BY SANRAL
The South African National Road Agency Limited (SANRAL), the parastatal responsible for the management, maintenance and development of South Africa’s national road network today announced that it has commenced the closing of the on-ramp between the R75 and R367, also known as Union Ave, near Uitenhage, Eastern Cape. The on-ramp is closed due to construction required to stabilise the slope next to the on-ramp.
An alternative on-ramp is now in place for motorists exiting Uitenhage for Graaff-Reinet via the R75 or Union Avenue. Motorists will be required to follow temporary road signs and make use of the alternative on-ramp with immediate effect today (07 January 2015).
SANRAL hopes that maintenance and upgrades to the existing on-ramp will be completed in August 2015.
Motorists are encouraged to adhere to rules of the road and drive carefully.
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.
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.
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.
AWARD-WINNING ENGLISH AND AFRIKAANS DREAM TEAM COLLABORATION
June 18, 2015 | 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!
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".